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Withdraws and refunds

Any student who withdraws from a course will be assessed a fee in accordance with Messiah College graduate refund policies. Tuition refunds will be based upon the number of calendar days a student has completed upon the official date of withdrawal. There will be no tuition refunds after the student has completed at least one third of the course. Please review the Graduate Refund Policy on page 13 of the Graduate Studies Catalog.


Due to regulations established by the Maryland Commission on Higher Education, Maryland residents have a distinct refund policy that can be found here.  If you have questions regarding these policies please contact the Office of the Provost.

Refunds for Graduate Students

 Refunds can be requested by graduate students who have a credit balance on their student account.


Return of federal student loans

 The return of Federal Student loans has a different rate than the College’s refund policy:

Return of Title IV Funds (Federal Stafford Loans)

Return of Title IV Funds applies to a Stafford loan recipient who withdraws from or leaves school before completing the payment period or period of enrollment.

  • At Messiah College the period of enrollment is a semester.
  • Messiah College will determine the percentage of aid earned by the student by calculating the percentage of the period that the student completed.

o For credit-hour programs that means the Days Attended/ Days in period = percentage completed.

  • Any unearned funds must be returned. The percentage of loan that a student is allowed to keep may differ from the percentage of tuition remaining on their account per the College’s refund policy. This would result in a balance due to the College.

However, since some graduate programs at Messiah College have two parts of term in each semester, there may be situations where a student withdraws from the early part of the term but still plans to attend classes in the latter part of the term.

  • In this case the student is not considered to have withdrawn from the program if the student gives the institution written confirmation that he or she will attend a class in the part of term that begins later in the same payment period or period of enrollment. The situation will change if the student does not attend the class in the later session.
  • This written confirmation must occur at the time that would have been considered a withdrawal.

Therefore, if a graduate student withdraws from a class or classes part of the way through the early part of the term and gives Messiah College written confirmation (at the time of withdrawal) that they are enrolled in and planning to attend a class or classes in the latter part of the same semester, there is no need to return Federal Stafford Loans. However, if the student does not follow-through and attend the later session, the situation would be considered a withdrawal.