A student who is withdrawing or taking a leave of absence must (a) notify the Office of the Dean of Studies in writing and (b) contact the Student Accounts Office to request a refund.

Fall 2021 Semester On Campus Classes
On or before September 6, 2021

100% Charge Reduction*

September 07, 2021 - September 12, 2021 90% Charge Reduction
September 13, 2021 - September 26, 2021 50% Charge Reduction
September 27, 2021 - November 1, 2021 25% Charge Reduction
After November 1, 2021 No Reduction

*First-year students and transfers will be charged the $500 nonrefundable application deposit.

Spring 2022 Semester On Campus Classes
On or before January 26,  2022 100% Charge Reduction*
January 27, 2022 - February 9, 2022 90% Charge Reduction
February 10, 2022 - February 23, 2022 50% Charge Reduction
February 24, 2022 - April 2, 2022 25% Charge Reduction
After April 2, 2022 No Reduction


Online Classes
Prior to the start of class 100% Charge Reduction*
During the first week of class 50% Charge Reduction
After the first week of class No Reduction


Sarah Lawrence College Global Education Programs Refund Policy

  • Tuition/Room and Board refund before the start of the program:  100% Refund*
  • Tuition refund for withdrawal during the first week of classes:        90% Charge Reduction
  • Tuition refund for withdrawal after the first week but before or during the third week of classes:  50% Charge Reduction
  • Tuition refund for withdrawal after the 3rd week of classes:  No Refund

* Room and Board costs are non-refundable after the start of the semester for all programs except the London Theatre Program. The London Theatre Program housing fee is non-refundable after May 31 for the fall      semester and November 15 for the spring semester.


*Second-semester first-year students and transfers will be charged the $500 nonrefundable application deposit.

In accordance with the Higher Education Amendments of 1992, refunds will be credited in the following order:

  1. Unsubsidized Stafford Loans
  2. Subsidized Stafford Loans
  3. Unsubsidized Direct Loans
  4. Subsidized Direct Loans
  5. Perkins Loan
  6. Federal PLUS Loans
  7. Direct Plus Loans
  8. Pell Grants
  9. FSEOG
  10. Other Title IV Programs

Other Refund Policies

The policy listed above also applies to students enrolled in Sarah Lawrence College in Paris, Cuba and the London Theatre Program. No refunds will be given for tuition and room and board to students who leave Sarah Lawrence College at Oxford or Florence: An Academic Year Abroad after the start of the second trimester. The $250 deposit is nonrefundable.

Refunds to financial aid grant recipients will be based on a formula prescribed by federal regulations. Federal grants and student loans must first be repaid to the government program.

Refunds will be decided upon by the Student Accounts Office, in consultation with the Dean of Studies. The appeals officer for this process is the Vice President of Finance and Operations.

The College reserves the right to require students to withdraw if their progress is unsatisfactory, or if by remaining they endanger their health or that of others, or if their behavior conflicts with standards which the College considers desirable.

Housing Refund Policy

If a student cancels a housing contract after July 15 and before the first day of classes, the student will be refunded the room charge, less the $300 deposit. Students contract for on-campus housing for the entire academic year. If a student leaves housing during the school year and remains a bona fide student, they will be charged a $500 housing cancellation fee. If the vacated housing is needed by the College and can be contracted out again, the student will be refunded a pro rata portion of the semester's room charge. If the College cannot contract out the housing again, there will be no refund of the semester's room charge.

For students who leave the College after the first day of classes, a refund will be given based on the refund schedule outlined under Leave of Absence/Withdrawal. Improper student behavior in the dormitories may cause the College to cancel the student's room contract.

For Hyatt Place Assignments

If a student cancels housing at the hotel for non-SLC housing but remains enrolled for the Fall semester, the following refund schedule will apply:

On or before September 10, 2021                    100% Charge Reduction

September 11, 2021 - September 30, 2021       90% Charge Reduction

October 1, 2021 - October 15, 2021                   75% Charge Reduction

October 16, 2021 - October 31, 2021                 50% Charge Reduction

On or after November 1, 2021                           No Reduction

Meal Plan Refund Policy

All resident students must be on a meal plan for the fall and spring semesters.  First-year residential students must choose between meal plan A, B, or C.  Students can contact the Office of Student Accounts to change their meal plans during the first two weeks of each semester.  Exceptions are granted for medical reasons only and require specific documentation from a physician. Requests and medical documents should be directed to the Health & Wellness Center for evaluation.


Tuition Refund Insurance

The College has arranged for students' tuition and room and board fees to be optionally insured by A.W.G. Dewar, Inc. The fee for this insurance is $672 for the year. It is included on the bill but may be waived if it is not desired. More information is available in the Tuition Refund Plan Pamphlet and from the Student Accounts Office.

Tuition Refund Insurance Waiver Acknowledgement (online form)
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