Withdrawal Checklist

University Bill (Bursar's Office)

Tuition Refund Schedule:
(Note: Tuition is based on occupying an enrollment slot in a course, not the receipt of a final grade)

  • Withdraw by the End of the First Day of Class: 100% Refund on Tuition and Major Fees
  • Withdraw by the End of the Second Week of Classes: 80% Refund on Tuition and Major Fees
  • Withdraw by the End of the Third Week of Classes: 60% Refund on Tuition and Major Fees
  • Withdraw by the End of the Fourth Week of Classes: 40% Refund on Tuition and Major Fees
  • Withdraw by the End of the Fifth Week of Classes: 20% Refund on Tuition and Major Fees​

*(Calculated based on the last date of course attendance)

Keep Your Account in Good Standing: Students are advised to contact the Bursar’s Office to ensure their account is in good standing. If a student's account is not in good standing they will be prevented from receiving grades or being readmitted to the University.  The Bursar’s Office will send outstanding balances to collections. Please work with the Bursar’s Office to avoid additional fees. Call 413-545-2368 for more information.


Students who live on-campus:

Students who withdraw from the university during the first five weeks of the semester are eligible for a partial housing fee refund. The refund is issued based on the date the student checks out of the residence hall room. Students who withdraw during the first five weeks are also subject to the cancellation fee schedule, which is prorated to the corresponding week the cancellation is made.

  • Check out by 11pm on Saturday after classes begin: 100% Refund minus $500 Cancellation Fee
  • Check out by 11pm on second Saturday of the semester: 80% Refund minus $400 Cancellation Fee
  • Check out by 11pm on third Saturday of the semester: 60% Refund minus $300 Cancellation Fee
  • Check out by 11pm on fourth Saturday of the semester: 40% Refund minus $200 Cancellation fee
  • Check out by 11pm on fifth Saturday of the semester: 20% Refund minus $100 Cancellation Fee

In order for the refund to be issued, the student must go to their corresponding Residential Service Desk, and return the room key to a Residential Life staff member at the Residential Service Desk. Students should keep a copy of their key form as verification of their check-out date. 

Students with an assignment who withdraw outside of the semester will be subject to the cancellation fee schedule. Call Residential Life Student Services 413-545-2100 for more information.

Students who live off-campus:

Students who live off-campus likely have a lease/contract with a landlord.  If a student is leaving the area due to a withdrawal from classes they will need to work with the landlord/roommates to determine the best solution.

The following resources may be helpful in this process:

Financial Aid

Depending on when a student withdraws, and the source of their awards, financial aid may have to be reduced or canceled for the semester. Please be advised that if a student withdraws, and their financial aid is canceled or reduced, there might be a balance owed to the University.

Federal regulations require Financial Aid Services to apply a formula established by the U.S. Department of Education to determine the amount of federal financial aid a student has earned as of the date the student last attended classes. The amount of federal financial aid returned to federal aid programs is determined by the amount of time the student spent in academic attendance, but has no relationship to the institutional charges incurred by the student. After 60% of the semester has passed, the student has earned 100% of the federal financial aid awarded to them. For students receiving state financial aid, a state refund calculation will be completed. The state refund calculation takes into consideration the amount the student owes and the amount of federal aid the student may remain eligible for.

For more information, please contact Financial Aid Services at 413-545-0801 and ask to speak a counselor regarding financial aid adjustments relating to a withdrawal.  


Student Health Insurance

Depending on the type of withdrawal and the withdrawal date, a student's Student Health Insurance may be canceled.

Students who have the school-sponsored Student Health Benefit Plan (SHBP) through Consolidated Health Plans, contact Patient Services at University Health Services (UHS) at 413-577-5192 to notify them of the withdrawal from the University. Students who are requesting a Health Withdrawal from UMass Amherst and would like to keep their school-sponsored health insurance, call UHS Patient Services for more information.

Academic Dean

Students are strongly recommend to speak with their Academic Dean before withdrawing. Academic Deans are the best people to speak with regarding the effect a withdrawal will have on their academic program, graduation date, and eligibility to return.

Additionally, an Academic Dean can discuss credits taken outside of UMass Amherst if a student plans to take classes at another college/university during their time away.

Parking Services

Depending on when in the semester a student withdraws they may be eligible for a prorated refund.

For more information, please call Parking Services at (413) 545-0065.


Meal Plan

Meal plan refunds follow the Tuition & Fee refund schedule, based on the last date of attendance. 

For more information please contact the Meal Plan Office at (413) 545-1362.



Return all borrowed books/items to avoid fees.


International Students

International students withdrawing from the University are encouraged to meet with an advisor in the International Programs Office (IPO) to review how this will effect a student's immigration status. Please call (413) 545-2710.


Student Athletes

Student athletes are directed to speak with a staff member in the Athletic Department to discuss how a withdrawal will effect athletic scholarships and NCAA eligibility. 


Re-enrollment to UMass Amherst

Once a student is withdrawn from the University, regardless of the type of withdrawal they must apply for re-enrollment to the University. Contact the Office of the Registrar for more information. 

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