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Fall 2020 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 August 31, 2020, 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 CategoryMonies refunded in excess of:
Full time student- UG $547.50
GR student enrolled for 12 or more credits $500.00
GR student enrolled for 9 but fewer than 12 credits $300.00
UG student enrolled for 8 but fewer than 12 credits $280.00
GR student enrolled for 8-8.99 credits $290.00
UG Students enrolled up to 7.99 credits $160.00
GR Students enrolled up to 7.99 credits $170.00

Tuition Refund Schedule
Fall 2020

DatePercentage of Tuition Refundable

Through August 31, 2020


September 1-7, 2020


September 8-14, 2020


September 15-21, 2020


**All tuition-related fees (i.e., university, technology, and activity) are non-refundable 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.

** No Federal Title IV Refund will occur for students who withdraw on or after Tuesday, October 27, 2020**

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 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. Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan
  2. Federal Direct Subsidized Loan
  3. Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan
  4. Federal Direct PLUS Loan
  5. Federal Pell Grant
  6. Federal SEOG Grant
  7. Federal TEACH Grant
  8. Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant
  9. Other Title IV Aid Programs
  10. The Student

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

  • Facts:
    1. The student is a continuing undergraduate student in his third academic year
    2. The student withdraws on September 17, 2020
    3. The student was charged $6,000 for tuition and fees for Fall 2020. Federal Loans and grants awarded and applied to the student's account for the semester totaled $5,000 (Loan $2,000, Pell $2,000, SEOG $1,000). The student paid the balance of $1,000.

Refund Calculation:

  • Result:
    • 25 days attendance divided by 111 days for the total days in term = 23.36%
    • 23.36% of $5,000 would be retained onto the student's account = $1,168.22
    • 76.64% of $5,000 will be returned to the federal loan and grant program. This amount of $3,831.78 must be returned to the federal programs in the following order:
      Federal Loan: $2,000
      Pell Grant: $1,831.78
    • The remaining Pell Grant of $168.22 and SEOG of $1,000 can be retained on the student's account.


  • Bill:
    • September 17 carries a student refund of 25% of tuition charges.
    • 25% of $6,000 is applied as a credit to the student's account= $1,500
    • The student is responsible for $4,500.
    • The student paid $1,000 and was allowed to retain $1,168.22 of his Title IV aid.
    • The student now owes $2,331.78 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 percent 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 percent 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 upon 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.