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Total Withdrawals

Total Withdrawal from Classes

A total withdrawal is defined as formally ceasing attendance in any active courses that would end enrollment within a semester, earlier than previously scheduled. This includes part of term courses that do not span the length of time of the entire semester.

Ferris State University has two policies that must be followed when students withdraw from all classes. The two policies are:

  • Total Withdrawal Tuition and Housing Refund Policy - This policy deals with crediting charges to students' accounts depending on the point that students withdraw in a semester. If a student withdraws from all their classes during the semester, their account (e.g., tuition, housing, and meals) will be credited using the withdrawal date and percent reflected.
  • Federal Financial Aid Refund Policy (mandated by Federal Title IV Regulations) - This policy deals with the returning of federal financial aid to the Title IV Programs.

Click here for information regarding the returns of Title IV Funds..

Please take the time to review the Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid's Withdrawal From All Classes - Things to Consider information.

Any student who completes a total withdrawal will be removed from their payment plan.

A reduction in course load (a class withdrawal) after the fourth (4) day of classes is not a basis for a refund. After the fourth day of the semester a student may withdraw from a course and receive a "W" grade within the established time period. After that time period, without justifiable reasons or neglecting to withdraw from the class through the dean's office, results in a "F" grade.

Refer to the Academic Calendar by Semester for dates to receive a "W" grade in classes.

Student Responsibilities

  • It is the student's responsibility to process a withdrawal form if you withdraw from the University on or after the 1st day of class. Total withdrawal forms are processed at the Student Service Center in the Timme building.

  • Not attending a class does not automatically drop your classes. If you stop attending classes and do not officially withdrawal from the University, a grade of "F" will be recorded in all classes and the student will remain responsible for full tuition and fees.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the university's withdrawal policy, you can contact the Student Financial Services at the Timme Center for Student Services at (231) 591-3945 Monday thru Friday, between 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Tuition, Housing, and Meals - Refund Schedule for Total Withdrawals

Refund schedule for charges when processing a total withdrawal from the University for a Part of Term 1 - full semester session:

Total Withdrawal Tuition Refund Policy Percentage of Refund - Tuition Percentage of Refund - Housing
On or before the first day of classes 100% 100%
First four days of classes at the beginning
of each semester
(Ex. Fall 2014 Aug. 25 -Aug. 28)
100% 90%
5th day of classes through 25% of semester 50% 50%
26% of semester through 50% of semester 25% 25%
51% of semester and after NO REFUND NO REFUND

The above REFUND SCHEDULE may change without notice to comply with current federal regulations. Refunds are made in cases of TOTAL WITHDRAWAL from the University. A reduction in course load (a class withdrawal), after the 4th day of classes, isNOT A BASIS for a refund. All University charges and credits are used in calculating student refunds. Disciplinary dismissals are not eligible for a refund on tuition or housing.

For other Part of Term sessions, please view the Calendar by Semester for the Last Day to Drop to receive a 100% tuition refund. After the Last Day to Drop, no refund will be issued for a withdrawal for the course(s).

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