Withdrawal and Tuition Refund

Refund Policy When Dropping Individual Courses

Tuition for courses dropped by the last day of late registration is refunded in full.

There is no refund of tuition for individual courses (that is, one of two or more courses) dropped after the last day of late registration.

Fees such as the Health Service fee, the Student Medical Insurance Plan premium, the document fee, the University facilities fee, and late fees are not refundable, though certain fees may be adjusted if the student's enrollment status changes from full-time to part-time. Course fees (i.e., lab fees) for courses dropped during the change-of-program period are refunded in full.

Important: Failure to attend classes or notification submitted only to the instructor does not constitute dropping a course and will result in a mark of UW (unofficial withdrawal) for the course and charge of full tuition.

Refund Policy When Dropping Entire Program (Withdrawal)

Withdrawal is defined as the dropping of a student's entire program in a given term. In the case of withdrawal, a percentage of the tuition will be refunded according to the schedule below. Please note that withdrawals are recorded on transcripts, and that all withdrawing students are charged a withdrawal fee.

All students are required to consult in advance with the American Language Program when withdrawing. A student in good academic standing who is not subject to disciplinary action may be permitted to withdraw at any time during the term up until the last day of classes.

Students on academic probation must consult with an adviser in the American Language Program before attempting to withdraw; failure to do so may result in expulsion.

Any withdrawing student must fill out the appropriate paperwork in the American Language Program office. Any adjustment of the tuition that the student has paid or still owes is reckoned from the date on which the American Language Program receives the student's written notification. Failure to attend classes or notification submitted only to instructors does not constitute formal withdrawal (see UW, Unofficial Withdrawal under Grades).

Fees such as the Health Service fee, the Student Medical Insurance premium, the document fee, the university facilities fee, course fees, and late fees are not refundable if the withdrawal takes place after the change-of-program period. After the last day for change-of-program in each term, these amounts are retained, plus an additional percentage of the remaining tuition (as indicated in the withdrawal schedule at right) for each week, or part of a week, that the student remains registered after these dates.

In all cases, a withdrawal fee will be assessed. (Note: As with all fees, the withdrawal fee is not included in the tuition exemption benefits of Columbia employees.)

The withdrawal fee is charged regardless of whether or not classes have begun.

ALP Tuition Refund Schedule

(Weeks below are defined as calendar weeks, Monday–Friday, and may include registration days.)

Fall Semesters
14-Week Courses
Withdrawals Received will be refunded
by Monday of week 2 100%
by Monday of week 3 50%
after Monday of week 3 0%
Winter
2-Week Course (Winter Institute)
Withdrawals Received will be refunded
during week 1 100%
after week 1 0%
Spring Semesters
14-Week Courses
Withdrawals Received will be refunded
by Monday of week 2 100%
by Monday of week 3 50%
after Monday of week 3 0%
Summer
12-Week Courses
Withdrawals Received will be refunded
during week 1 100%
during week 2 50%
after week 2 0%
8-Week Courses
Withdrawals Received will be refunded
during week 1 100%
during week 2 50%
after week 2 0%
4-Week Courses
Withdrawals Received will be refunded
during week 1 100%
after week 1 0%
3-Week Courses
Withdrawals Received will be refunded
during week 1 100%
after week 1 0%