Tuition and Financial Aid

Refund and Withdrawal Policies

Institutional Refund Policy

This policy is separate and distinct from any federal policy.

Grantham University’s primary goal is for you to successfully complete your education at our institution and move forward in advancing your career. However, we realize there are unique situations that can cause a student to withdraw.

At our University, you can withdraw for any reason, by following the formal withdrawal procedures as outlined in the Withdrawal Policy in the University Catalog. In addition, if you registered via an online portal, you must withdraw via that same online portal.

A withdrawal occurs on the date you officially submit the withdrawal form or otherwise notify the University of your desire to withdraw, or on the date the University determines you ceased attendance or failed to meet published academic policies and are administratively withdrawn, whichever comes first.

When a student is withdrawn from the University for any reason, a refund calculation will be performed and any monies due back to a third party or the student will be refunded within 30 days of the date of determination (DOD). Any unpaid balance of tuition and fees the University is eligible to retain after the calculation is performed must be paid by the student to the institution.

Time of WithdrawalRefund
Within 7 days of course start date100%
8-14 days after course start date80% (less 20%*)
15-21 days after course start date60% (less 20%*)
22-28 days after course start date40% ** (less 20%*)
29-35 days after course start date20% (less 20%*)
36 days or more after course start date0%

* Non-refundable tuition registration is the lesser of 20% of tuition or $200

** Georgia Residents Only: Georgia residents whose time of withdrawal is 22-28 days after the course start date will receive a 50% refund of tuition (less 20%*).

Grantham is subject to, and must abide by, the refund policies of any branch, agency, or department of the federal government with which it is in any way associated or affiliated. In the event of a conflict between Grantham’s Institutional Refund Policy and the refund policy of an affiliated federal branch, agency, or department, the federal policy may supersede that of the University.

Withdrawal Policy

Withdrawals from the University or any course may occur for the following reasons:

  • Voluntary withdrawal requested by the student for any reason
  • Administrative withdrawal due to violation of the Participation and Substantive Interaction Policy
  • Administrative withdrawal due to violation of Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy
  • Administrative withdrawal due to violation of the Code of Conductpolicy
  • Military Deployment

Should a student consider withdrawing from the University or any course, it is important to note:

  • All voluntary and administrative withdrawals must abide by policies set forth in the University Catalog.
  • A student who voluntarily withdraws from courses or the University in the first seven (7) days of the term will be considered a cancel and will receive a full refund.
  • A student who voluntarily withdraws from courses or the University after the seventh (7th) day of the term start date and before the last week of the term end date will be assigned a grade of (W) for the course by the instructor. Any refund to the student is subject to the terms of the Institutional Refund Policy.
  • A student who wishes to withdraw from a course during the last week of the term should strongly reconsider as this will result in an (F) grade for the course.
  • A student may not withdraw from a course after an (I) incomplete has been granted. If a University withdrawal is requested while a course is in (I) incomplete status, the I grade will convert to an F.
  • If a student needs to withdraw for reasons of military deployment, he/she should follow the Military Deployment Policy in the University Catalog that ensures a deployed student will incur no financial or academic penalty.

For more information about the Institutional Refund and Withdrawal Policies, see the University Catalog.

Return of Title IV Calculations

When a student withdraws from the University or any course, the law specifies how the school must determine the amount of Title IV program assistance that was earned.

The Title IV programs administered by Grantham University that are covered by this law are:

  • Federal Pell Grants
  • Iraq & Afghanistan Service Grants
  • Direct Stafford Loans
  • Direct PLUS Loans

If the student received (or the parent or University received on the student’s behalf) less assistance than the amount earned, the student may be able to receive those additional earned funds. If the student (parent or University) received more assistance than earned, the excess funds must be repaid by the student (parent or University).

Pro-rata

The institution will use a Department of Education approved refund calculation that determines the percentage of Title IV funds earned by the student. If the student did not receive all of the funds earned, the student might be due a post-withdrawal disbursement. If the post-withdrawal disbursement includes loan funds, the University must obtain the student’s permission before it can disburse funds.

Funds unable to be disbursed

There are some Title IV funds that a student might have been scheduled to receive that cannot be disbursed once the student withdraws because of other eligibility requirements.

For example, if the student is a first-time, first-year undergraduate student and has not completed the first 30 days of his/her program before he/she withdrew, then the student will not receive any Direct Loan funds that he/she was eligible to receive had he/she remained enrolled past the 30th day.

If a student (or the parent or University on the student’s behalf) receives excess Title IV program funds that must be returned, the University must return a portion of the excess equal to the lesser of:

  • Student’s institutional charges multiplied by the unearned percentage of the student’s funds, or
  • Entire amount of excess funds
  • The University must return this amount even if it did not keep that amount of the student’s Title IV program funds.

If the University is not required to return all of the excess funds, the student must return the remaining amount. Any loan funds that the student (or the parent for a Direct PLUS Loan) must return must be repaid in accordance with the terms of the Master Promissory Note. That is, the student may make scheduled payments to the holder of the loan over a period of time.

Any amount of unearned federal grant funds that a student must return is called an overpayment. The maximum amount of a Grant overpayment that a student must repay is half of the Grant funds received or scheduled to receive. The student does not have to repay a grant overpayment if the original amount of the overpayment is $50.00 or less. The student must make arrangements with the University to return the unearned grant funds.

The requirements for Return of Title IV program funds when a student withdraws are separate and different than the Grantham University Institutional Refund Policy (see Catalog Section 1.11). Therefore, the student may still owe funds to the University to cover unpaid institutional charges. Grantham University may also charge the student for any Title IV program funds that the University was required to return on the student’s behalf.

HEROES Act

The Higher Education Relief Opportunities for Students Act of 2003 sets forth waivers applicable to those serving on active duty during wartime (i.e., those who are “assigned to a duty station at a location other than the location at which the individual is normally assigned”; those called up to active duty from the reserves, National Guard, or retirement; and those affected by declared natural disasters). Students affected by these circumstances who withdraw during a semester are not required to repay Federal Student Aid grants.

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