Billing and Payments: Withdrawal

Dropping All Courses For A Given Term

The University uses the term withdrawal to formally indicate that a student has dropped or will drop all courses for a given term. 

A full or partial refund of tuition and other charges may be applicable if a student withdraws from the University, depending on the date of withdrawal.

Financial aid applied to the student account may also be adjusted as a result of withdrawal; see the University Financial Aid pages on this topic.

Please note: A mandatory $75 withdrawal fee will be charged.


Further information and a complete refund schedule are available on the University Registrar website.


Elective Tuition Refund Insurance Plan in Case of Illness or Accidents

Columbia University has arranged to make available a tuition refund insurance plan offered by A.W.G. Dewar, Inc. This elective insurance plan provides coverage for tuition, room and board should a student suffer a serious illness or accident and withdraw from classes before the semester is completed.