Understanding Refunds & Credit Balances

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Are you thinking about using the credit on your account for books or other expenses. Or maybe you want to add/drop a course, audit a course, or need to withdraw?

Check out the information below to answer some common questions regarding credit balances and refunds.”

* Please contact us to see how course changes or student status may affect your financial aid.


What can I get a refund for?

  • Withdrawal during an Academic Term
  • Miscellaneous Fees associated with Waiving Health Insurance, Going Remote, or Withdrawal
  • Going on Medical Leave


Spring-2022 Tuition Refund Chart

  UG: Spring-2022 Term  
Withdraw Dates Percent Refunded Full Semester
Jan 10 - 17 100% Day 1 - 8
Jan 18 - 24 75% Day 8 - 14
Jan 25 - 31 60% Day 15 - 21
Feb 1 - Feb 7 50% Day 22 - 28
Feb 8 - 14 25% Day 29 - 35
Feb 15 - May 5 0% After Day 35


Summer-2021 Tuition Refund Chart

Summer 6-Week

Summer 8-Week

Percent Refunded

Day 1 - 3

Day 1 - 4


Day 4 - 5

Day 5 - 7


Day 6 - 8

Day 8 - 11


Day 9 - 11

Day 12 - 15


Day 12 - 14

Day 16 - 19



Refunds and adjusted bills will be sent to the student's home address following withdrawal. Student account credit balances of $5.00 or less, if not specifically requested to be refunded within two weeks after the student leaves Messiah, will automatically be cleared and donated to the general scholarship fund. The fees, procedures, and policies listed above supersede those published previously and are subject to change at any time.  Not all fees are listed. Please check our refund policy for more information.

COVID-19 Refund FAQs

For the 2021-2022 fall and spring semesters, please check out the Together @ Messiah Plan for more information about updates specific to COVID-19. Once you're on the "Together @ Messiah" landing page, please click on "Refund Policy" from the drop-down menu for additional information. 

What can I do with my Credit Balance?

  • Let your Credit Roll to the next billing semester. (Not applicable for graduating seniors)
  • Get funds back by submitting an Online Refund Request
  • Give the Money Back - Students who have large credit balances and took out too much of a loan may ask to return a portion of their loan back  to their loan servicer to save some debt. Be sure to contact a SFS counselor to see if that is possible for your financial circumstances.
  • Purchase books- Students who need to purchase books and have Title IV funds (Unsubsidized Federal Direct Loans, Subsidized Federal Direct Loans, Federal Perkins Loans, Federal Direct PLUS Loans, Federal Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG), TEACH Grant, IRAQ and Afghanistan Service Grant) included in their Financial Aid award may use up to $600 per semester of those funds to purchase books and supplies at the Messiah University Bookstore.  

The Graduate Student Refund Policy can be found in the Graduate Studies Catalog - Tuition and Fees.

Information on Refunds