Tuition Refunds and Insurance

Tuition Refunds

Students must drop courses by the last day to drop listed on the academic calendar to avoid tuition charges. After that date, Westminster uses a pro-rated tuition refund schedule for the first few weeks of each semester for full-semester-length courses. Westminster also offers tuition insurance that supplements the college’s refund schedule to help students who are forced to withdraw from all courses due to physical or mental health conditions.

Additional Information

Tuition refunds are mailed to your address on file. You can verify that your address is current through Self Service.

Tuition charges and refunds are determined by the date when the drop or withdrawal was processed by the Registrar's Office. Dropping courses can have an impact on financial aid as well as tuition charges. There are some courses that do not follow the refund schedule for the semester as they either do not meet for the entire semester or meet for only a few sessions. Refund schedules are outlined for those types of courses as well.

Questions? Contact Student Account Services.

If a refund contains any federal loan or grant monies and has not been cashed after 240 days of issuance, Westminster College will return the funds to the Department of Education.

If a refund does not contain any federal loan or grant monies, Westminster College will attempt to locate the student for 3 years. After 3 years, the college will send the monies to the State Unclaimed Property Division.

College Refund Schedules

The college’s refund schedule always applies regardless of the reason for withdrawal and even if you are only dropping 1 or 2 courses. If you are withdrawing from all courses due to physical or mental health conditions and are enrolled in the tuition insurance program, you should additionally refer to the refund schedule for the insurance program, which supplements the college’s refund schedule.

  • Jan. 11–21, 2021: 100%
  • Jan. 22–28, 2021: 80%
  • Jan. 29–Feb. 3, 2021: 60%
  • Feb. 4–10, 2021: 40%
  • After Feb. 10, 2021: 0%

Only applies to term-length courses.

  • May 10–17, 2021: 100%
  • May 18–24, 2021: 80%
  • May 25–May 31, 2021: 60%
  • June 1–7, 2021: 40%
  • After June 7, 2021: 0%

May/First 4 Weeks

  • May 10–17, 2021: 100%
  • May 18–21, 2021: 50%
  • May 22–25, 2021: 25%
  • After May 26, 2021: 0%

First 8 Weeks and Full 12 Weeks

  • May 10–17, 2021: 100%
  • May 18–24, 2021: 50%
  • May 25–31, 2021: 25%
  • After June 1, 2021: 0%

Second 4 Weeks

  • June 7–14, 2021: 100%
  • June 15–18, 2021: 50%
  • June 19–22, 2021: 25%
  • After June 23, 2021: 0%

Third 4 Weeks

  • July 5–12, 2021: 100%
  • July 13–16, 2021: 50%
  • July 17–20, 2021: 25%
  • After July 21, 2021: 0%

Final 8 Weeks

  • June 7–14, 2021: 100%
  • June 15–21, 2021: 50%
  • June 22–28, 2021: 25%
  • After June 29, 2021: 0%
  • Aug. 18–27, 2021: 100%
  • Aug. 28, 2021–Sept. 03, 2021: 80%
  • Sept. 4–10, 2021: 60%
  • Sept. 11–17, 2021: 30%
  • After Sept. 17, 2021: 0%
  • January 10–19, 2022: 100%
  • January 20–27, 2022: 80%
  • January 28, 2022–February 2, 2022: 60%
  • February 3–9, 2022: 30%
  • After February 9, 2022: 0%

Only applies to term-length courses.

  • May 9–16, 2022: 100%
  • May 17–23, 2022: 80%
  • May 24–31, 2022: 60%
  • June 1–6, 2022: 30%
  • After June 6, 2022: 0%

May/First 4 Weeks

  • May 9–16, 2022: 100%
  • May 17–20, 2022: 50%
  • May 21–24, 2022: 25%
  • After May 24, 2022: 0%

First 8 Weeks and Full 12 Weeks

  • May 9–16, 2022: 100%
  • May 17–23, 2022: 50%
  • May 24–31, 2022: 25%
  • After May 31, 2022: 0%

Second 4 Weeks

  • June 6–13, 2022: 100%
  • June 14–17, 2022: 50%
  • June 18–21, 2022: 25%
  • After June 21, 2022: 0%

Third 4 Weeks

  • July 5–11, 2022: 100%
  • July 12–15, 2022: 50%
  • July 16–19, 2022: 25%
  • After July 19, 2022: 0%

Final 8 Weeks

  • June 6–13, 2022: 100%
  • June 14–20, 2022: 50%
  • June 21–27, 2022: 25%
  • After June 27, 2022: 0%
  • Prior to the first session: 100%
  • After the first session, prior to the second session: 100%
  • After the second session, prior to the third session: 60%
  • After the third session, prior to the fourth session: 40%
  • After the fourth session: 0%
  • Prior to the first session: 100%
  • After the first session, prior to the second session: 100%
  • After the second session, prior to the third session: 50%
  • After the third session, prior to the fourth session: 25%
  • After the fourth session: 0%
  • Prior to the first session: 100%
  • After the first session, prior to the second session: 50%
  • After the second session: 0%

It will not be possible to receive a refund after the starting date of a one-, two-, or three-session seminar.

  • Prior to the first session: 100%
  • After the first session, prior to the second session: 0%
  • After the second session: 0%

It will not be possible to receive a refund after the starting date of a one-, two-, or three-session seminar.

  • Prior to the first session: 100%
  • After the first session, prior to the second session: 0%
  • After the second session: 0%

Tuition Insurance

Beginning Fall 2021, Westminster will implement an opt-out tuition insurance program through A.W.G Dewar, Inc. All students will be automatically enrolled in the program and charged approximately 1% of their tuition and fees unless they choose to waive this coverage.

Many Westminster students encounter unexpected physical or mental health challenges each year. This coverage provides students and their families needed protection for their educational investment. Westminster students with tuition insurance are eligible for a 75% refund should they face injury, sickness, or mental health issues that result in withdrawing from all of their fall or spring courses. Students and families who do not want tuition insurance will need to complete a waiver each year to opt out of this coverage.

Westminster strongly encourages families to participate in tuition insurance to prevent the stresses of an all-too-common scenario: a student will experience an unexpected physical or mental tragedy, withdraw from courses, and be obligated to pay tuition. Tuition insurance allows the student to focus on their recovery and return to their studies.

Fall 2021 Tuition Insurance Refund Schedule

This table shows how tuition insurance supplements the college’s refund schedule to ensure students who are enrolled in the tuition insurance program receive up to 75% refunds when they are forced to withdraw from all courses for medical or mental health reasons.

Withdrawal Occurs During % College Refunds % Tuition Insurance Program Refunds Total Refund % Received
Aug. 18–27, 2021 100% 0% 100%
Aug. 28–Sept. 3, 2021  80% 0% 80%
Sept. 4–10, 2021 60% 15% 75%
Sept. 11–17, 2021 30% 45% 75%
After Sept. 17, 2021 0% 75% 75%