Undergraduate Tuition & Fee Refund Policy/Return of Title IV Funds


Refunds for undergraduate students who completely withdraw from Messiah University voluntarily or otherwise are determined according to the following policy:

The portion of tuition and residence charges as well as institutional financial aid are calculated for the fall or spring semester (not including summer terms) beginning the first day of the semester as follows:

Withdraw Date Percent Refunded Full Semester
Jan 21 - 27 100% Day 1 - 7
Jan 28 - Feb 3 75% Day 8 - 14
Feb 4 - 10 60% Day 15 - 21
Feb 11 - Feb 17 50% Day 22 - 28
Feb 18 - 24 25% Day 29 - 35
Feb 25 - May 6 0% After Day 35


  1. If a student is registered for January - May refund calculations start the first day of January term. Students who withdraw from the College during J-term are considered part-time students for the purpose of calculating refunds. As such, no J-term refunds are issued after the third day of J-term classes. If a student is registered for February - May refund calculations start the first day of Spring term in February. Summer terms have separate withdraw calculations.
  2. Student Activity, Student Services, applied music, lab and other course-related fees are not refunded after the first week. Nursing course-related fees are not refunded unless the major is dropped prior to the first day of class.
  3. Students who withdraw from Messiah after the completion of Day 35 during fall or spring semester (January - May or February - May) will not receive a refund of tuition or residence charges.
  4. Dining Dollars Refund Policy can be found online at:
  5. Housing charges are adjusted on a pro-rated basis depending on the official withdrawal date only until the 60% of the semester.
  6. Spring semester room charges will be adjusted only for students enrolled in approved credit-earning, off-campus coursework/cross-cultural trips during the January term.
  7. Summer session refunds are calculated based on a 6-week session or 8-week session as follows: 
  8. Summer 6-Week  
    Day 1 - 3 100%
    Day 4 - 6 75%
    Day 7 - 9 60%
    Day 10 - 12 50%
    Day 13 - 15 25%
    Summer 8-Week  
    Day 1 - 4 100%
    Day 5 - 8 75%
    Day 9 - 12 60%
    Day 13 - 16 50%
    Day 17 - 20 25%
  9. Housing charges will be adjusted for students participating in directed and independent studies only if there is an academic requirement that necessitates living off-campus. Housing charges will not be adjusted for students who attend classes or who are otherwise on-campus during both January and May terms.
  10. There are no refunds for incomplete coursework, including all registered courses, independent study, directed study, internship/practica and online courses.
  11. In accordance with federal regulations, when Federal financial aid (Title IV) refunds are involved, the amounts are allocated in the following order: Unsubsidized Federal Direct Loan, Subsidized Federal Direct Loan, Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Direct PLUS Loan, Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG), TEACH Grant, IRAQ and Afghanistan Service Grants, and other Title IV aid programs.
  12. The term "Title IV Funds" refers to the Federal financial aid programs authorized under the Higher Education Act of 1965 (as amended) and includes the following programs: Unsubsidized Federal Direct Stafford Loans, Subsidized Federal Direct Stafford Loans, Federal Perkins loans, Federal Direct PLUS loans, Federal Pell Grants, Federal SEOG, TEACH Grants, and IRAQ and Afghanistan Service Grants.
  13. Institutional and student responsibilities in regard to the return of Title IV funds:
    1. Messiah University's responsibilities:
      • Providing each student with the information given in the policy
      • Identifying students who are affected by the policy and completing the Return of Title IV Funds calculation for those students
      • Returning any Title IV funds that are due to the Title IV programs
    2. Student's responsibilities:
      • Returning to the Title IV programs any funds that were disbursed directly to the student and that the student was determined to be ineligible for via the Return of Title IV Funds calculation
  14. Institutional financial aid will be refunded according to the #1 above.
  15. Dropped course fees follow the dates published on Students must be full time (12+ credits/semester) through the "last day to drop a course" in order to be eligible for full-time financial aid.
  16. Medical Leave Refunds:
    • Refunds for tuition, residence charges as well as institutional financial aid are calculated based upon the date on the medical leave paperwork (signed by the Engle Center) and the following schedule:  
      • Day 1 - 7 = 100%, Day 8 - 14 = 75%, Day 15 - 21 = 60%, Day 22 - 28 = 50%, Day 29 - 35 = 25%.
    • Meal Plans are charged based on meals consumed and a pro-rated portion of the operations fee.The pro-ration will follow the schedule above.
    • Student Activity, Student Services, applied music, lab, nursing, course-related and all other fees are non-refundable.
    • 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) are refunded in accordance to federal regulations in the order above before the 60% point of the semester.
    • Students who withdraw after January term, but before the first day of spring term will be treated as part-time students for refund purposes.
    • Students who are granted medical leave during spring term (not including J-Term) will receive refunds based upon the schedule included in the official institutional refund policy, with the first week beginning on the first day of spring term.
  17. Refunds and adjusted bills will be sent to the student's home address following withdrawal.
  18. Small 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.


Student Access to Title IV Funds for Purchasing Books and Supplies at the Messiah University Bookstore

Students who 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.  

Here are the procedures for accessing funds for books and supplies:

  1. Student must have Title IV funds as part of their financial aid award.
  2. Student must complete a “Student Account Withdrawal” form with their student ID number, date, amount needed (no more than $600), and sign the form.
    • The “Student Account Withdrawal” form is handed to the cashier with the Messiah University student ID card at the Falcon Exchange, Eisenhower Campus Center (ECC) 2 floor.Hours are Monday through Friday, 9 am – 4 pm.
  3. The Falcon Exchange cashier reviews the student’s Financial Aid Award (RPAAWRD), verifies there are Title IV funds, and also checks to make sure the student had not previously taken funds in the current semester.
    • If the student had previously taken <$600 within the same semester the student is eligible for the difference (up to $600/semester) to purchase additional books.
    • If the student has a Parent PLUS loan on their student account the cashier must check the loan record to make sure the parent authorized that the student may access any excess funds.
      • If the parent PLUS loan borrower did not approve this on the original loan application the parent borrower must email  and state that their student (student name) and ID number may access extra PLUS loan funds.  This information is then noted in the student record for future reference.
  4. The Falcon Exchange cashier enters the withdrawal of funds on the student account and gives the student a copy of their student account balance showing the transaction.
    • In some cases this transaction may leave a balance due on the student account which must be paid back to the College. The balance due will show up on the next student eBill.
  5. The Falcon Exchange cashier adds the amount just withdrawn onto the student’s Falcon Dollars account in Blackboard.
  6. The student can go to the Messiah University Bookstore and select their books and supplies paying with Falcon Dollars at the register.
  7. If $600 is not enough to cover books and supplies for the semester, the student can show detailed documentation of the needed books and supplies. This request must be reviewed by a Student Financial Services (SFS) counselor or SFS director.
    • If approved, the SFS counselor or SFS director must email their approval or sign the Student Account Withdrawal form.
    • Funds are then moved to Falcon Dollars.

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

Information on Refunds