Refund of Tuition

Fall 2023 Refund of Tuition

Law School and Medical School students should consult their Dean's Office for their school's policy on refunds.

Upon receipt of withdrawal applications (complete withdrawals must be processed through the Center for University Advisement for undergraduate students and Graduate Admissions for graduate students) through September 11, 2023, the University will refund all tuition in excess of the amounts listed in the table below.

A student, who wishes to withdraw from all of their classes for a semester, may withdraw via the portal at my.hofstra.edu. Go to the Hofstra Online tab and select "Academic Leave/Withdraw from the University." In addition, undergraduate students may contact the Office of University Advisement at 516-463-6770 and graduate students may contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at 516-463-4732 for assistance in processing the withdrawal.

Student Category Monies refunded in excess of:
Full time student - UG $557.50
GR student enrolled for 12 or more credits $510.00
GR student enrolled for 8 but fewer than 12 credits $295.00
UG student enrolled for 8 but fewer than 12 credits $285.00
UG Students enrolled up to 7.99 credits $165.00
GR Students enrolled up to 7.99 credits $175.00

Tuition Refund Schedule
Fall 2023

Date Percentage of Tuition Refundable

Through September 11, 2023


September 12, 2023 to September 18, 2023


September 19, 2023 to September 25, 2023


September 26, 2023 to October 2, 2023


**All tuition-related fees (i.e., University, technology, and activity) are nonrefundable throughout the entire semester**

Federal Title IV Refund Information

Students receiving Federal Title IV funds who, officially or unofficially, withdraw completely from the University will have their Federal Title IV awards and loans refunded to the federal programs based upon the number of days in attendance. For any student who attends 60% or more of the semester, no Title IV funds will be refunded to the federal program and then will become the liability of the student. The University has 30 days from the date of determination of the withdrawal to calculate the percentage earned and 45 days to return the unearned funds to the Department of Education.

** No Federal Title IV refund will occur for students who withdraw on or after
Wednesday, November 8, 2023**

Students will still be liable for the cost of their Tuition and Fees based on Hofstra University's refund schedule, regardless of the amount of Federal Title IV funds that have to be refunded to the federal programs

Refund Distribution (prescribed by Federal Law and Regulations). There is a specifically mandated order in which Title IV refunds must be distributed back to the federal programs. The list below outlines the order in which federal programs are refunded:

  1. Unsubsidized Federal Direct Stafford Loans
  2. Subsidized Federal Direct Stafford Loans
  3. Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan
  4. Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loans
  5. Federal Pell Grants
  6. Iraq & Afghanistan Service Grants
  7. FSEOG
  8. TEACH Grants
  9. The Student

Example: (dollar amounts are for illustrative purposes only):

  • Facts:
    1. The student is a continuing undergraduate student in their third academic year
    2. The student withdraws on September 28, 2023
    3. The student was charged $25,000 for tuition and fees for Fall 2023. Federal loans and grants awarded and applied to the student's account for the semester totaled $10,700 (Loan $6,700, Pell $3,000, SEOG $1,000). The student paid the balance of $14,300.

Refund Calculation:

  • Result:
    • 24 days attendance divided by 107 days for the total days in term = 22.43%
    • 22.43% of $10,700 would be retained onto the student's account = $2,400
    • 77.57% of $10,700 will be returned to the federal loan and grant program. This amount of $8,300 must be returned to the federal programs in the following order:
      • Federal Loan: $6,700
      • Pell Grant: $1,600
    • The remaining Pell Grant of $1,400 and SEOG of $1,000 can be retained on the student's account.


  • Bill:
    • September 28 carries a student refund of 25% of tuition charges
    • 25% of $25,000 is applied as a credit to the student's account = $6,250
    • The student is responsible for $18,750
    • The student paid $14,300 and was allowed to retain $2,400 of their Title IV aid
    • The student now owes $2,050 of tuition charges

Military Tuition Assistance Refund Information

For students receiving military tuition assistance (TA) funds from the Department of Defense, any unearned TA funds will be returned on a proportional basis through at least the 60% portion of the period for which the funds were provided. We will recalculate TA eligibility for

students who fail to attend, drop out, withdraw (officially or unofficially), or are dismissed prior to completing greater than 60% of the enrollment period. The enrollment period is computed from the "classes begin" date to the "last day of classes" date. TA funds are earned proportionally during an enrollment period, with unearned funds returned based on when a student stops attending.

Recalculation is based on the percent of aid earned using the following formula:

Number of days completed
Total days in the Enrollment Period

= percent earned

TA benefits will be recalculated in the same manner as a Title IV recalculation. Therefore, to determine how the calculation is performed, please see the Refund Distribution (prescribed by Federal Law and Regulations) section above.

Students will still be liable for the cost of their Tuition and Fees based on Hofstra University's refund schedule, regardless on the amount of TA funds that have to be refunded to the Department of Defense.

In instances when a service member stops attending due to a military service obligation, the University will work with the affected service member to identify solutions that will not result in a student debt for the returned portion.