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Refund/Credit Policy

Effective with the Fall 2013 semester, student charges will be adjusted for voluntary withdrawals from the university and for drops from individual classes in accordance with the schedule and provisions set forth below.

For refunds/charge credit purposes the following definitions apply:

  • "Standard" full semester classes are classes which are scheduled to start during the first week of a semester and meet through the end of that semester.
  • "Non-standard" classes are classes whose starting and ending dates do not coincide with the starting and ending dates of the Fall or Spring semester. These classes fall into two groups:
    1. Classes with duration of less than 12 weeks in length.
    2. Classes with duration of 12 weeks or longer.
  • The "Drop" period is the time frame a student may drop classes from their schedule without academic or financial penalties.
  • Withdrawing from a class is a reduction in a student's class load after the Drop period while remaining enrolled in other classes at any of the University of Maine campuses.
  • A "Withdrawal from the University", either temporary or permanent, involves the student withdrawing from all classes at all University of Maine System campuses for which he/she is registered as well as notifying appropriate administrative officials of his/her decision to leave.
  • Students who cease attendance, in any or all of their classes, without providing official notification are not entitled to a refund. If a student ceases attendance for emergency reasons, the University will accept a written appeal.

Tuition & Fee Refund/Credit Schedule

Adjustments for Withdrawals from the University:

For "Standard" Full Semester classes and "Non-standard" classes of 12 weeks or more:

Withdrawal Date Percent of Refund
Prior to the end of the second week 100%
Prior to the end of the fourth week 75%
Prior to the end of the sixth week 50%
Prior to the end of the eighth week 25%
After the eight week 0%

For "Non-Standard" short classes - classes of less than 12 weeks in length:

Withdrawal Date Percent of Refund
Withdrawal on or before the number of days equal to the number of weeks a class is scheduled. For example, for a six week course, a refund will be granted through the sixth day 100%
After the number of days equal to the number of weeks a class is scheduled 0%

Adjustments for Dropped Classes:

For "Standard" Full Semester Classes:

Drop Date Percent of Refund
Prior to the end of the second week 100%
After the second week 0%

For "Non-standard" classes:

Drop Date Percent of Refund
Withdrawal on or before the number of days equal to the number of weeks a class is scheduled. For example, for a six week course, a refund will be granted through the sixth day 100%
After the number of days equal to the number of weeks a class is scheduled 0%
Determination of Attendance
  • For "Standard" full semester classes, the attendance period begins on the opening day of scheduled university classes, includes weekends and holidays, and ends on the date the student notifies the Student Advisement Office in writing, that he/she is withdrawing.
  • For "Non-standard" classes, the attendance period begins on the start date of the class as specified on the class schedule of classes, includes weekends and holidays, and ends on the date the student notifies the Student Advisement Office in writing, that he/she is withdrawing.
  • Room and Board Refund/Credit Schedule

    For Room Charges 1

    Cancelation/Withdrawal Date Percent of Refund
    Prior to the end of the second week 100%
    Prior to the end of the fourth week 75%
    Prior to the end of the sixth week 50%
    Prior to the end of the eighth week 50%
    After the eighth week 0%

    1As per the Housing Agreement, a %20 processing fee will be charged to continuing students.

    For Board Charges

    Students who withdraw from the university or cancel their Room and Board contract prior to the end of the semester will be refunded for the unused portion of their meal plan on a prorated basis. Students bus notify the Director of Residential Life to qualify for the refund. Prorated