Tuition Refund Policy

Northwestern's Institutional Refund Policy for tuition applies to all continuing students. New students are also subject to the refund policy except for the nonrefundable tuition deposit.

This policy takes into consideration the substantial financial commitment made by the University for the education of its students, including the employment of faculty, maintenance of laboratories, clinics, physical plant, technology and administrative operations. These commitments are made in advance of each trimester and withdawals leave vacancies unable to be filled until the next matriculation period.

Tuition refund schedule - Winter 2015

Withdrawals are calculated from the date on which the student officially withdraws from their academic program.

Academic programIf the date of withdrawal is:Percent of tuition refunded
College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine,
College of Chiropractic,
School of Massage Therapy

On or before 1/6/15 100%
1/7/15 to 1/14/15 90%
1/15/15 to 1/31/15 50%
2/1/15 to 2/25/15 25%
College of Undergraduate Health Sciences:
      Full Term Courses      On or before 1/6/15 100%
1/7/15 to 1/14/15 90%
1/15/15 to 1/31/15 50%
2/1/15 to 2/25/15 25%
      Accelerated Courses Part 1
      (1/6/15 to 2/28/15)
On or before 1/7/15 100%
1/8/15 to 1/10/15 90%
1/11/15 to 1/18/15 50%
1/19/15 to 2/1/15 25%
      Accelerated Courses Part 2
      (3/2/15 to 4/18/15)   
On or before 3/2/15 100%
3/3/15 to 3/6/15 90%
3/7/15 to 3/13/15 50%
3/14/15 to 3/25/15 25%

Return of Federal Title IV funds

When a student is entitled to a tuition refund, the funds will be given to the student unless the institution has been required to return an unearned portion of Federal Title IV funds to the Federal Government. Return of Title IV funds calculations will be done first before Northwestern's refund policy for tuition.

If the tuition refund is more than that which is to be returned to Federal Government, then the student will be given the remaining portion. If the refund is less than that which is to be returned, then the student will be billed for the difference.

Review the Federal Title IV Return Policy.


If you have questions, contact the Financial Aid Office.

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