Any student who wishes to withdraw from all courses is required to complete an Eastern University Exit Interview with the Advising Office. Please note that the first day of classes is counted as the first day of scheduled classes for the entire institution without regard for the start date of individual classes. Students are not normally entitled to receive a refund of any special fees, including the fee for taking more than 18 credits or part-time student fees, or a refund for courses for which they have registered, even if they officially withdraw from the course within the withdrawal period. Room and board charges are non-refundable after the first day of classes. Students who wish to withdraw from ALL COURSES are eligible for a tuition refund based on the following schedule:

Withdrawal during regular semester:

  • the first two weeks: 100% of tuition
  • after two weeks: 0%
  • room and board charges are non-refundable after the first day of classes

Course work presented in an accelerated sequential format:

When the course work is presented in an accelerated sequential format, students who wish to drop a course are eligible for a refund of tuition and fees based on the following schedule: 

  • On or before the end of the first week of the course: 100%
  • After the first week of the course: 0% (Withdraw – “W” grade assigned)

If the course work is scheduled in a session coded other than FA, SP, S1, S2 or SUM, and includes a residency portion, full tuition will be charged for any portion of the residency attended for that course. Some programs include delivery of books. The student will be fully charged for the delivered books, as well as books/materials distributed for subsequent courses, even if not attended. The student must request to return the unused books to the director of Student Services within 10 days of the withdrawal notification to the Office of the registrar in order to receive a refund of these materials. The amount of the refund will be determined by the director of Students Services based on the completeness and condition of the materials returned. 

For Students Receiving Financial Assistance

Students who receive TITLE IV federal financial aid and wish to withdraw from all courses should complete an Eastern University Exit Interview with the Advising Office and notify the Registrar and Financial Aid Offices of the change in enrollment status.  If a student withdraws without notification, the last date of recorded class attendance or the mid-point of the semester will be used as the withdrawal date. A student who is receiving any type of financial assistance and drops a class or withdraws from a class (or classes) should contact the Financial Aid Office to see how the change in status affects the aid for the next semester.

Entrance Counseling is required for students who carry loans and Exit Counseling is required for students who drop below half-time, or withdraw.

When Federal Title IV aid is returned due to the student’s withdrawal from all classes within a semester, the student may owe a balance to the University. Students owing a balance should contact the Student Accounts Office to make payment arrangements. The Student Accounts Office can be reached by calling 610.341.5831, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. If a student receiving Federal Title IV Aid withdraws after completing 60% of the semester, no Federal Title IV Aid will be returned. The student is considered to have earned 100% of the Federal Title IV Aid for the semester. The adjustment of aid may have implications for future aid years and it is therefore suggested that all students considering withdrawal contact the Financial Aid Office for guidance.

Federal Title IV Financial Aid includes:

  • Federal Pell Grants
  • Federal TEACH Grant
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG)
  • Federal Subsidized and Unsubsidized Direct Loans
  • Federal Parent Loans for Undergraduate Students (PLUS)

** Withdrawal Date is defined as the actual date the student began the institutional withdrawal process, the student’s last date of recorded attendance or the midpoint of the semester for a student who leaves without notifying the University.

Eastern University will return the Title IV funds in the following order:

  • Unsubsidized Direct Loans
  • Subsidized Direct Loans
  • Federal PLUS Loans
  • Federal TEACH Grant
  • Federal Pell Grants
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
  • Other Title IV programs

Return of Eastern University Scholarship and Funds

The Financial Aid Office will also recalculate Eastern University scholarships for all students who withdraw, drop out or are dismissed from all courses prior to completing 60% of a semester. Eastern University scholarships and funds will be removed when the student is relieved of all semester charges. Otherwise, the calculation uses the same formula as the Return of Title IV funds.