Tuition Refund Policy


Tuition is refundable only when a student “officially” withdraws from a course/s according to the schedule documented in the refund policy. Students who are withdrawn from a course/s for disciplinary reasons or a breach of conduct forfeit the right to a refund of any portion of their tuition and fees. 

If students neither pay for nor attend course/s for which they are registered, they will be withdrawn from the course/s for nonpayment and their accounts credited at 100% tuition. If students should attend courses without having paid for them, they will be withdrawn from the course/s at their request, and their accounts credited according to the applicable Tuition Refund Schedule.

To officially withdraw from a course/s, students must contact their Advisor or the Office of the Registrar to initiate the process. If the student is eligible for a tuition refund according to University policy, the date that the student contacts his/her Advisor or the Office of the Registrar will determine the amount of the refund. Appeals solicited for extenuating circumstances (hardship, medical, or other related reason) requested outside of the refund schedule may require documentation pending the decision of CityU’s Withdrawal Committee.

All refunds solicited by students receiving financial aid will be referred to the Office of Student Financial Aid for review in accordance with relevant financial aid program requirements or governmental regulations.

If a student waits until the end of the term to withdraw from a course, there will be no course tuition refund or credit balance on the student’s account. If repeating the course is needed, the student will be required to pay the tuition upon re-enrollment in the course.

When submitting refund requests, students may indicate their desired disposition of the funds. If no specification is received the refund will stay on the student’s account. If reimbursement is requested and payment was originally made by credit card, the same account will be credited directly. Otherwise, students must indicate that they either elect to receive the refund by check or that they wish to keep the funds in their City University of Seattle account to be applied to the cost of future registrations. Any credit balances of less than one dollar ($1.00) that remain on students’ accounts at the end of the fiscal year (6/30) will be written off with the exception of credit balances originating from federal financial aid or veteran benefits. Federal financial aid or veteran benefits with unclaimed credit balances of one dollar ($1.00) or less will be returned to the originating agency.

Refund begins on first day of session Percent of Refund
10-Week Regular Session  100% 50%  0%
5-Week Session (1st)  Up to day 7 Day 8-21 Day 22+
 5-week Session (2nd)  Up to Day 1 Day 2-7 Day 8+

For more information regarding CityU’s refund policy please visit our catalogue