Add/Drop, Payment, and Refund Policies

Enrolled Students

Enrollment Deposit

In order to reserve your spot in the program, you should already have submitted a $500 nonrefundable deposit.

Add/Drop

Students can make changes to their schedule free of charge on the second, third, fourth, and fifth days of each session. This timeframe is referred to as the Change of Program Period. Students who wish to add or drop a course during this timeframe can do so by logging on to SSOL during their registration appointment times.

Dropping an individual course after the change of program period

There is no refund of tuition for individual courses dropped after the last day of the change-of-program period. If you wish to drop a course during this timeframe, you must complete an add/drop form.

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 full tuition will be charged.

View the change of program dates, pass/fail, and drop deadlines.

Refund, Drop and Pass/Fail Deadlines

Add/Drop and Withdrawal

Refund, Drop and Pass/Fail Deadlines
 

Change of program period

Last day to:
Drop a course or
withdraw for
full tuition refund *

Last day to:
Drop a course or
change to pass/fail *

Session 1 (D) May 23–May 26 May 26 Jun. 19
Session 2 (Q) Jul. 5–Jul. 10 Jul. 10 Jul. 31
12-Week Session (X) May 23–May 26 May 26 Jul. 17

Special Sessions for Arabic, Biological Science, Hindi-Urdu, & Russian courses
C May 23–May 26 May 26 Jun. 12
E May 23–May 26 May 26 Jul. 3
F May 31–Jun. 5 Jun. 5 Jun. 19
G May 23–May 26 May 26 Jun. 7
H Jun. 6–Jun. 9 Jun. 9 Jun. 21
J Jun. 20–Jun. 23 Jun. 23 Jul. 5
R Jul. 5–Jul. 10 Jul. 10 Jul. 19
S Jul. 5–Jul. 10 Jul. 10 Jul. 24

* Last day to drop a course or withdraw for full tuition refund (minus nonrefundable deposit)
By 4:00 p.m. This is the last day for students to receive a full tuition refund if they withdraw from the Summer Sessions by dropping all of their courses in a given session. Students may be eligible for a partial tuition refund after this date. There is no refund for individual courses dropped after this date.

* Last day to drop a course
By 4:00 p.m. No refund. This date is also the last day to change to the pass/fail grading option.

Maximum Point Loads

Students may not receive more than 9 points of credit in a six-week session or more than 15 points during the entire summer period.

Payment Procedures

Columbia bills students for tuition, fees, and other charges at the beginning of each term. The Student Account Statement is distributed electronically via email notification to a student’s Columbia University email account. No paper bills will be mailed by the University.

Columbia University reserves the right to withhold the privilege of registration, or any other University privilege, from any person with unpaid debt to the University.

View details on tuition payment deadlines and procedures.

Payment Procedures

Billing

Columbia University bills students for tuition and fees according to the schedule below. When a statement is generated, an email notification is sent directly to your Columbia email account. You can also access a copy of the bill through Student Services Online (SSOL). The University does not mail paper bills.

After the first statement is generated, bills will be generated periodically if you make schedule changes or if you carry an account balance.

Payment Instructions

For payment instructions and to authorize a parent to pay your bill, see Student Financial Services.

Important Billing and Payment Dates

Bill sent to your Columbia email on Payment due by
May 29, 2017 June 15, 2017
June 19, 2017 July 6, 2017
July 10, 2017 August 10, 2017

Questions

If you have questions regarding billing, payments or refunds please contact:

Student Financial Services
205 Kent Hall
1140 Amsterdam Avenue, Mail Code 9202
New York, NY 10027
212-854-4400
sfs@columbia.edu
http://www.columbia.edu/cu/sfs/
Hours: Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

If you have questions regarding registration cancellation or collections from prior summer terms, please contact the Summer Sessions Office at summersessions@columbia.edu

WITHDRAWALS & TUITION REFUND POLICY

Students who wish to drop all of their classes in a session are considered to be withdrawing from that session. If a student withdraws from a session before courses begin they are eligible for a full tuition refund, minus the nonrefundable deposit. Please review the link below for additional information on the withdrawal process and refund policies for those students that withdraw after courses begin.

See more information about the withdrawal process and tuition refunds.

Withdrawal and Tuition Refund

The University uses the term withdraw to formally indicate that a student has dropped or will drop all courses for a given term. Withdrawing from the university differs from dropping one or several classes within a given term, because as long as a student retains at least one class, he or she is still considered to be registered for that term.

Students who plan to withdraw from any of the summer sessions should carefully read all of the information below concerning financial considerations, the withdrawal procedure, and tuition refunds.

Financial Considerations

Withdrawal Fee
Students who drop their entire academic program during and after the change of program period will be charged a $75 withdrawal fee. The $75 withdrawal fee is not applied to students withdrawing prior to the start of each session.

Tuition Refunds
Tuition for courses dropped during the change-of-program period is refunded in full (minus the nonrefundable deposit). After the last day of the change-of-program period, refunds are granted only when students withdraw by dropping all of their courses in a given session. When a student withdraws from all of their courses after the change-of-program period, the University retains a percentage of the remaining tuition fees (as indicated in the withdrawal schedules below) for each week, or part of a week, that the student remains registered. See the calendars for the change-of-program periods for each session.

Any adjustment of the tuition fees that the student has paid or still owes is reckoned from the date on which the Advisor of Pre-College Programs receives the student’s written notification (see How to Withdraw, below). Failure to attend classes or notification submitted only to instructors does not constitute formal withdrawal and may result in the student receiving a grade of UW.

Fee Refunds
Fees such as the Health Service fee, the University facilities fee, course fees, and late fees are not refundable if the withdrawal takes place after the change-of-program period. If the withdrawal takes place before or during the change-of-program period, these fees are refunded in full. The one-time document fee is not refundable after classes have begun. The application fee is not refundable.

Withdrawal Statement on Transcript

A statement will be added to your transcript indicating that you have withdrawn from the University if the withdrawal occurs after the change of program period. Please contact the University Registrar’s Office at registrar@columbia.edu for additional information regarding withdrawal statements for your student category.

How to Withdraw

A student in good academic standing who is not subject to disciplinary action may be permitted to withdraw at any time during the session up until the last day of classes (see the calendars), by doing the following:

  1. Contacting collegeedge@sps.columbia.edu if the withdrawal is taking place before classes have begun. The Advisor of Pre-College Programs will provide the student with detailed instructions on the withdrawal procedures.

  2. Coming in person to 203 Lewisohn and notifying the Advisor of Pre-College Programs. The Advisor will provide the student with detailed withdrawal procedures.

Tuition Refunds

Students must elect to participate to receive automatic refunds. Default participation status depends on a student’s school. To opt into or out of automatic refunds, a student should log in to Student Services Online (SSOL) and select “Refunds” from the menu and follow the instructions.

The University’s preferred method of refund distribution is through direct deposit. Students can log into SSOL and click on "Direct Deposit" to set up transfer of funds to a U.S. checking or savings account. Click here for more guidance on how to do this. Refund checks for students who have not signed up for direct deposit are sent to the student’s local address.

To check their student account balance, students can log into Student Services Online (SSOL) and click on “Account Detail and E-Billing” and then “View Student Account Detail.” If there is a valid credit on the account that is not based on anticipated credits, the refund will generally be processed within 48 hours of the credit appearing. If the credit is based on anticipated credits for financial aid, scholarships, or the payment plan, a refund will not be processed until the funds have actually arrived and been posted to the student account.

For additional details regarding refunds please see Policy on Student Account Credit Balances and Refunds.

12-Week Sessions

Withdrawals received will be refunded
First Week 100%
Second Week 90%
Third Week 80%
Fourth Week 70%
Fifth Week 60%
Sixth Week 50%
Seventh Week 40%
After Seventh Week 0%

5-Week and 6-Week Sessions

Withdrawals received will be refunded
First Week 100%
Second Week 60%
Third Week 50%
After Third Week 0%

 4-Week Sessions

Withdrawals received will be refunded
First Week 100%
Second Week 50%
After Second Week 0%

Refund schedule for courses that are less than four weeks

In order to receive a full tuition refund, students must notify the Advisor of Pre-College Programs of their intention to withdraw by 4:00 p.m. on the day of the second class meeting. Students who withdraw after the second class meeting are not eligible for a refund and will be responsible for full tuition and fees.

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 full tuition will be charged.

Housing and Dining Refund Policy

Refunds for the residential option are available until June 1, 2017. Students who cancel their reservation after that date will be charged the entire housing and dining fee. Please contact collegeedge@sps.columbia.edu to initiate the cancellation process.