If you feel that you have an extenuating circumstance that justifies an exception to financial obligations, you can appeal and it will be reviewed by the tuition appeals coordinator.
You need to withdraw from the class(es) in question before an appeal can be reviewed. Please note that if you received financial aid for the semester in question, tuition might not be refunded. Exceptions will not be considered if you fail to comply with published deadlines or when conditions were under your control. You are responsible to obtain all information and documentation supporting your appeal.
You have six months after the end of the semester in question to file a tuition appeal. All required documentation must be submitted on or before the deadline below for your appeal to be accepted and reviewed:
- Spring semester | November 30
- Summer semester | January 30
- Fall semester | June 30
*Students are responsible for interest and/or collection charges accruing on thieir account durng the six month period and while tuition appeal is pending.
Tuition appeals for the following reasons are not eligible for review:
- Lack of knowledge of published University policies and procedures
- Non-qualification, late application, or loss of eligibility for financial aid or scholarships
- Expected issues that arise for all students including but not limited to: problems involving transportation, availability of finances, academic ability, and/or time management
- Late application for admission to the University and/or late registration for classes
- Perceived quality of instruction or dissatisfaction with the course
*The committee does not meet during the months of June and July. You can still submit your appeal, but expect delays in processing and review until August.
Tuition Appeal Form & Guidelines
Please review the Guidelines and then complete
the online Tuition Appeals Form. The exception to tuition policy should have occurred after the drop/add deadline and prior to the last three to four weeks of the class(es). You need to drop the class in question or withdrawn from the semester before a petition can be reviewed. Incomplete appeals are automatically denied.
Submit a typed personal statement summarizing your situation as to why you feel you meet the exception to the tuition policy. Include details that occurred after the drop/add deadline and that were beyond your control.
All documentation must be in English or translated into English. You can get translations from the embassy, or if the language department has someone teaching that language, a translation can be submitted on their letterhead. The person translating should sign and date the translation.
For medical conditions (letter from physician)
You may submit a typed or word-processed letter on letterhead from your physician in your tuition appeals packet. It is important for this letter to include:
- Date the medical condition began
- Date it prevented you from attending classes
- How long it will prohibit from attending classes
For the change in work hours/location (letter from employer)
The statement should be typed on letterhead, and/or a business card for your supervisor should be attached. It is important for this letter to include:
- Verification of the days, hours or location of work that occurred
- The date the change took effect and specifically what the change was; i.e. days, hours and/or work location
- How this change conflicts with your school schedule
- How long the change in work hours or location will be in effect
For the death in the family
You need to provide a copy of a remembrance card, obituary from the newspapers (should have dates) or a copy of a death certificate. If the family member has a different last name than yours, you must provide documentation that shows the relationship (copy of your birth certificate if mother’s maiden name would provide this).
Document of death in family
Special circumstances beyond your control
Special circumstance must be thoroughly explained and fully
documented on letterhead from a professional who can speak to the specific
circumstance that interfered with your ability to complete a given