Tuition and Housing Refund Schedules & Appeal Information

The tuition refund policy applies to all Simmons University students. Students are responsible for abiding by the published tuition refund deadlines. Tuition is not refundable when students drop or withdraw from courses after published deadlines. Should a student completely withdraw from all coursework after classes have begun, he/she may still be accountable for a portion of tuition, room & board as well as other fees.

The percentage of tuition to be refunded is calculated using the official drop date of the course as determined by the Registrar. Non-attendance does not constitute a drop or withdrawal from a course. 

In all cases, students should be aware that any reduction in the number of registered credit hours and subsequent charges may affect their financial aid. Students considering a withdrawal or reduction in credit hours are strongly encouraged to contact their Financial Aid Officer, prior to course withdrawal, to determine the impact on financial aid eligibility. Simmons University is responsible for adhering to rules established by the federal government that determine the amount of federal financial aid a student is allowed to keep toward university charges. Please refer to the "Return of Title IV Aid" section of this webpage for more detailed information.

Tuition Refund Schedule: Undergraduate Students

Summer 2018

Course Dropped on or Before % of Tuition Charges Canceled
On or before the first day of class 100%
On or before the second day of class 80%
After the second day of class 0%

Fall 2018

Course Dropped on or Before % of Tuition Charges Canceled
September 12 100%
September 19 80%
September 26 60%
October 3 40%
October 10 20%
On or after October 11 0%

Spring 2019

Course dropped on or before % of Tuition Charges Canceled
January 30 100%
February 6 80%
February 13 60%
February 20 40%
February 27 20%
On or after February 28 0%

Summer 2019

Course Dropped on or Before % of Tuition Charges Canceled
On or before the first day of class 100%
On or before the second day of class 80%
After the second day of class 0%




Tuition Refund Schedule - Fall & Spring: ALL Graduate Students

Fall 2018 & Spring 2019

Course Dropped on or Before % of Tuition Charges Canceled
7 days after first class 100%
8 - 14 days after first class 80%
15 - 21 days after first class 60%
22 - 28 days after first class 40%
29 - 35 days after first class 20%
36 days after first class 0%

*This refund schedule applies to ALL on-campus and online graduate students

Tuition Refund Schedule - Summer: ALL Graduate Students

Summer 2018

This summer refund schedule applies to the following programs:

  • Nursing@Simmons
  • SocialWork@Simmons
  • BehaviorAnalysis@Simmons
  • HCMBA@Simmons
  • MBA@Simmons
  • PublicHealth@Simmons
  • StrategicCommunications@Simmons
Course Dropped on or Before % of Tuition Charges Canceled
7 days after first class 100%
8 - 14 days after first class 80%
15 - 21 days after first class 60%
22 - 28 days after first class 40%
29 - 35 days after first class            20%
36 days after first class     0%

Summer 2018

This summer refund schedule applies to the following programs:

  • ALL On-Campus Graduate Students
  • SLIS Online Programs
  • Health Professions Education (PhD)
  • Nursing Practice (DNP)
  • Off-Site Programs
 Course Dropped on or Before % of Tuition Charges Canceled
On or before the first day of class   100%
On or before the second day of class  80%
After the second day of class                   0%                                                 
Tuition Refund Schedule - Condensed Courses

This refund schedule applies to on-campus, graduate courses that are 2 weeks or less:

Course Dropped % of Tuition Charges Canceled
On or before the first day of class 100%
On or before the second day of class 80%
After the second day of class 0%

MPH@Simmons Travel Immersion Policy:

MHEO-430: Immersion, Racism & Health

Course Dropped  % of Tuition Charges Canceled
Before the first day of class 100%
On or after the first day of class 0%

MHEO-460: Immersion Ecuador (9 Day Immersion)

Course Dropped  % of Tuition Charges Canceled
On or before the third day of class 100%
After the third day of class 0%

MHEO-461: Immersion Arizona (6 Day Immersion)

Course Dropped  % of Tuition Charges Canceled
On or before the second day of class 100%
After the second day of class 0%

MBA/HCMBA@Simmons Travel Immersion Policy:

MBAOI-490: Weekend Long Course (Friday - Sunday)

Course Dropped  % of Tuition Charges Canceled
Before the first day of class 100%
On or after the first day of class 0%
Refund Schedule: On-Campus Housing

If you are interested in withdrawing from Simmons housing you must complete the appropriate paperwork with Residence Life. If you withdraw from housing prior to advertised the deadlines, your housing deposit will be mailed to the address on file in AARC 6-8 weeks after the end of the semester. Please make sure your address is up to date. If you withdraw after advertised deadlines, your housing deposit will be forfeited and you may be subject to partial housing charges based on your date of withdrawal. Please refer to Simmons University Housing License Agreement for more information or contact Residence Life by phone at 617-521-1096 or via email at reslife@simmons.edu.

Room & Board Refund Schedule

Fall 2018

Withdrawal on or Before % of Room & Board Refunded 
03/24/18 - 04/12/18 $250 Housing Deposit retained by the University
06/15/18 $400 Administrative Fee & $250 Housing Deposit retained by the University
07/15/18  $600 Administrative Fee & $250 Housing Deposit retained by the University
09/07/18 $1,000 Administrative Fee & $250 Housing Deposit retained by the University
09/15/18 80%*
09/22/18 60%*
09/29/18 40%*
10/06/18 20%*
 After 10/07/18 No Refund Given*
*The University will retain the Housing Deposit for withdrawals after the semester begins

Spring 2019

Withdrawal on or Before
% of Room & Board Refunded 
11/10/18 - 12/14/18 $250 Housing Deposit retained by the University
12/15/18 $400 Administrative Fee & $250 Housing Deposit retained by the University
01/01/19 $600 Administrative Fee & $250 Housing Deposit retained by the University
01/24/19 $1,000 Administrative Fee & $250 Housing Deposit retained by the University
01/25/19 80%*
02/01/19 60%*
02/08/19 40%*
02/15/19 20%* 
After 02/16/19 No Refund Given*
*The University will retain the Housing Deposit for withdrawals after the semester begins 

Fall 2017

Room & Board Refund Schedule % of Room & Board Refunded 
Through 07/08/17 $250 Housing Deposit retained by the University
07/09/17 - 09/08/17 $400 Administrative Fee & $250 Housing Deposit retained by the University
09/09/17 - 09/15/17 80%
09/16/17 - 09/22/17  60%
09/23/17 - 09/29/17 40%
09/3/17 - 10/06/17 20%
 On or after 10/07/17  No Refund Given

Spring 2018

Room & Board Refund Schedule
% of Room & Board Refunded 
01/09/18 - 01/18/18 $250 Housing Deposit retained by the University
01/19/18 - 01/25/18 80%
01/26/18 - 02/01/18 60%
02/02/18 - 02/08/18 40%
02/09/18 - 02/15/18 20%
On or after 02/16/18 No Refund Given
Appeal for Exception to Tuition Refund Policy

Students are responsible for abiding by the published deadlines on the Academic Calendar and the Tuition Refund Schedule.  Tuition is not refundable when students drop or withdraw from courses after the published deadlines.  If circumstances beyond the student’s control have made the late drop or withdrawal necessary, the student may appeal the tuition charge.  Before a student can appeal the tuition charges, they must be officially withdrawn or dropped from the courses for which they are appealing the tuition.  In all cases, students should be aware that any reduction in the number of registered credit hours and subsequent charges may affect their financial aid.  It is highly recommended that all students discuss their individual situation with Student Financial Services.

Petition Refund Exceptions:

  • Death of an immediate family member
  • Medical condition requiring extended medical care where continuing school is impractical or impossible
  • Military deployment or military commitments
  • Other documented extraordinary extenuating circumstances may be considered

These circumstances are NOT sufficient to support a Tuition Refund Appeal:

  • Not being aware of the Registration Deadline (add/drop deadline) or forgetting you were registered
  • Insufficient financial aid or financial hardship
  • Dropping courses to avoid bad grades
  • Deciding that school/life/schedule is overwhelming
  • Academic or disciplinary dismissal
  • Dissatisfaction with an instructor or course content or determining that courses you took do not meet your academic or personal goals

PLEASE BE AWARE THAT:

  • You must have OFFICIALLY dropped your course(s) during the semester for which you are petitioning. Simmons does not drop courses for non-payment or non-attendance
  • Refunds cannot be given for courses in which students have recorded grades
  • Petitions must be submitted within six months of original tuition assessment
  • Please submit the petition form with all supporting documentation. Incomplete petitions and petitions lacking supporting documentation will not be considered

Supporting Documentation
The burden of proof rests with the student to submit documentation of the circumstances that prevent the student from adhering to the Simmons policies. All statements in the petition MUST be documented. Documentation may include, but is not limited to:

Death of an immediate family member:

  1. Certificate of death or obituaries listing relationship to deceased individual
  2. Immediate family is defined as spouse, sibling, children, and/or parents

Medical condition requiring extended medical care where continuing school is impractical or impossible. (This provision specifically excludes conditions or chronic illnesses that remain static and are known to the student at the time of enrollment. Please do not submit medical bills or insurance claims.  Statement from the physician or hospital on official letterhead that provides:

  1. Date the medical condition was diagnosed
  2. Dates of treatment
  3. Dates of hospitalization or confinement, recuperation period, release from treatment
  4. How this condition affected your university attendance

Military deployment or military commitments:

  1. Military orders if the student’s military unit was activated and deployed during the semester
  2. Other official legal documents that substantiate the inability to participate in courses during the semester due to the deployment or military commitments

Submit the Appeal for Exception to Tuition Refund Policy Form and all supporting documentation to Student Financial Services, Bursar.

Download the Appeal for Exception to Tuition Refund Policy Form.

Tuition Protection Insurance

Consider Tuition Protection Insurance to supplement and strengthen the University's current refund policy.

Helping you get the most out of your Simmons University experience is always our top priority. That's why we've partnered with GradGuard to make the Tuition Protection Plan available to all of our students.

Tuition insurance protects the investment that you and your family has made in your education in case you need to withdraw at any point during the semester due to an illness, injury or mental health disorder.

This coverage encompasses and expands upon the University's current refund policy by ensuring reimbursement for tuition, housing and other payments if a withdrawal occurred for any covered medical reason at any time during the semester.

Learn more at GradGuard.com/tuition/simmons or call 1-866-724-4384.