Tuition Refund Policy

Affected Parties

Students Under the Guarini School Programs

Policy Statement

The Guarini School of Graduate and Advanced Studies at Dartmouth policy on refund of payments to students who withdraw voluntarily or are dismissed from their program during any term is as follows:


Before the beginning of term classes: full refund; 90% during the first week of the term; 75% during the second and third weeks; 50% during the fourth week; 25% during the fifth week; and no refund after the fifth week.

Tuition Waivers

In the case of graduate students who have been awarded tuition waivers and withdraw, the student's account will be credited with the same proportion of the scholarship as it is charged for tuition; namely, 20% if the student leaves during the first two weeks of the term, 40% during the third week, 60% during the fourth week, 80% during the fifth week, and 100% thereafter. The balance of the waiver will be canceled.

Board and Housing

Pro rata basis. The only exception to this policy will be for students receiving Title IV, HEA federal financial aid who are attending Dartmouth for the first time and who withdraw on or before the 60 percent point in time of their first term of enrollment. Refunds for these students shall be the larger of the amount provided under the above guidelines or the pro rata refund prescribed for these particular students by federal regulations. Please consult with your Financial Aid Office for particulars and examples.

In the case of a withdrawing student receiving Dartmouth tuition assistance or federal financial aid, the share of the refund returned to the student or family is dependent upon a number of factors. The amount of tuition assistance retained and/or the amount of repayment due to the federal and Dartmouth programs must be calculated in accordance with applicable regulations and formulas. Please consult with your Financial Aid Office for particulars and examples.

Refunds, tuition assistance and repayments of federal funds are recorded to the student's account. All requests for student account refunds shall be submitted in writing to Student Financial Services, and any balance due the student upon the making of such adjustments shall be paid to the student within 30 days.

In any instance where it is felt that individual circumstances may warrant exception to the Refund Policy, the student may appeal in writing to the Director of Student Financial Services.


School of Graduate & Advanced Studies

Effective Date

November 5, 2015

Office of Primary Responsibility