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

Fall 2024 Semester On Campus Classes
On or before September 2, 2024

100% Charge Reduction*

September 03, 2024 - September 09, 2024 90% Charge Reduction
September 10, 2024 - September 23, 2024 50% Charge Reduction
September 24, 2024 - October 28, 2024 25% Charge Reduction
After October 29, 2024 No Reduction

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

Spring 2025 Semester On Campus Classes
On or before January 22,  2025 100% Charge Reduction*

January 23, 2025 - January 29, 2025

90% Charge Reduction
January 30, 2025 - February 12, 2025 50% Charge Reduction
February 13, 2025 - March 19, 2025 25% Charge Reduction
After March 19, 2024 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

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 Office of Global Education. 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 their housing on or before May 15 of the academic year prior, a refund of the housing deposit will be issued. If a student cancels their housing after May 15 and on or before July 15 of the academic year prior, the housing deposit is credited to the student’s account. In the case a student does not enroll or attend the following academic year, the housing deposit is forfeited. If a student cancels their housing after July 15 and before the first day of classes, the student will be refunded the room charge, less the housing deposit. If a student cancels their housing during the academic year and remains enrolled they will not be issued any refund. If a student takes a Leave of Absence or withdraws from the College after the first day of classes, a refund will be given based on the refund schedule outlined at the top of this page.

All students are subject to the College’s Housing License Agreement, which they sign and submit with their housing application, as well as the policies outlined in the Student Handbook. Violation of either the Housing License Agreement of Student Handbook may result in a loss of housing without a refund.

Meal Plan Refund Policy

All resident students must be on a meal plan.  Students must choose between the plans for which they are eligible.  First-year residential students must choose between meal plan A, B, or C.  Students can complete the meal plan change form during the first two weeks of each semester.  Changes made after the beginning of the semester are subject to a weekly proration of the meal plan cost and Meal Money.  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 $765 for the year. It is included on the bill but may be waived if it is not desired.  The plan covers 70% of the insured term tuition, fees, room, and board, less any credit due from the college's own refund policy.  Sarah Lawrence College grants and scholarships are credited back to the college.   More information is available in the Tuition Refund Insurance Brochure and from the Student Accounts Office. 


Forms For New & Returning Students (Includes Tuition Refund Insurance Waiver Acknowledgement) (online form)
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