Withdrawal and Tuition Refund Credits

Course changes and withdrawals can only be done through Carleton Central. To be eligible for a refund credit, withdrawals must be made prior to the deadlines noted below, or on the Dates and Deadlines page.
The official date of course withdrawal will determine whether a refund is applicable or not.

A refund cheque is prepared only if a fee adjustment results in a credit sufficient to offset all other amounts due on the student account at that time. Refund cheques are made payable to the student from whose account the credit amount is drawn. As these cheques are mailed to students, it is important that your address information in the Carleton Central database remain up-to-date. You may update your address information at any time by logging in to Carleton Central and editing your Personal Information.

The University reserves the right to withhold tuition refunds until the end of the academic session in which they were generated.

Refund Schedules

In order to receive a full financial adjustment when dropping a course, a student must ensure that they withdraw themselves from the course via Carleton Central before the financial adjustment deadline that applies to the course. Please also make sure you understand how your fees are calculated – dropping a course may not necessarily generate a refund.

The refund schedule is as follows:

Summer 2017 Financial Withdrawal Deadlines

Early Summer Course (May-June):
Course dropped before midnight on May 19, 2017: Fee adjustment
Course dropped on or after 12:00 a.m. on May 20, 2017No fee adjustment
Full Summer Course (May-August):
Course dropped before midnight on May 19, 2017: Fee adjustment
Course dropped on or after 12:00 a.m. on May 20, 2017: No fee adjustment
Late Summer Course (July-August):
Course dropped before midnight on July 24, 2017: Fee adjustment
Course dropped on or after 12:00 a.m. on July 25, 2017: No fee adjustment

 Fall 2017 Fee Adjustment and Refund Schedule:

Course dropped before midnight on September 30, 2017: Fee adjustment
Course dropped on or after 12:00 a.m. on October 1, 2017: No fee adjustment

Winter 2018 Fee Adjustment and Refund Schedule:

Course dropped before midnight on January 31, 2018: Fee adjustment
Course dropped on or after 12:00 a.m. on February 1, 2018: No fee adjustment

Notes concerning Refunds:

Even if courses are dropped prior to the financial withdrawal deadline, students may still be required to pay for some non-refundable fees (such as health insurance and the UPass).

Undergraduate Students

Summer term:

Undergraduate degree students in the summer term are assessed fees according to the number of billing hours they take. Each course you drop before the financial withdrawal deadline will result in a fee adjustment and reduction in your fees.

Fall/Winter term:

Undergraduate degree students in the fall/winter terms are assessed fees based on the number of billing hours taken per term. At 2.0 billing hours per term, your tuition “plateaus” at the full-time fee rate for your program. Subsequent courses above 2.0 billing hours will not result in additional tuition fees; however, this also applies in reverse. Should you drop from 2.5 billing hours to 2.0 billing hours (even before the financial withdrawal deadline), you will remain owing for full-time fees.

Graduate Students

Graduate degree students are assessed fees according to their program status – either full-time or part-time. Students admitted to their program as full-time will be assessed full-time fees for the duration of their program. It is therefore possible to drop a course before the financial withdrawal deadline and still remain owing for full-time fees. Students admitted to their program as part-time will be assessed part-time fees for the duration of their program. Changes to program status or withdrawal must be requested through the department and prior to the financial withdrawal deadline (see Dates and Deadlines).

For the Summer term, most graduate students are considered to be registered from May-August (Full Summer). Some students register for May-June (Early Summer) or July-August (Late Summer) only and may be subject to different adjustment dates as noted in the Dates and Deadlines.

International Currency/Wire Refunds

Refunds for international payments must be refunded by international wire transfer to the original sender’s account. Refunds that are issued in international currency will utilize the exchange rate valid at the time the refund is processed.

Remember! No financial credit will be applied to a student account for changes made after the posted financial adjustment deadline.