Course Refunds

The tuition refund policy applies to all Simmons College 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 College 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 college 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%                                                 
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 College 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 College
06/15/18 $400 Administrative Fee & $250 Housing Deposit retained by the College
07/15/18  $600 Administrative Fee & $250 Housing Deposit retained by the College 
09/07/18 $1,000 Administrative Fee & $250 Housing Deposit retained by the College
09/15/18 80%*
09/22/18 60%*
09/29/18 40%*
10/06/18 20%*
 After 10/07/18 No Refund Given*
*The College 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 College
12/15/18 $400 Administrative Fee & $250 Housing Deposit retained by the College
01/01/19 $600 Administrative Fee & $250 Housing Deposit retained by the College
01/18/19 $1,000 Administrative Fee & $250 Housing Deposit retained by the College
01/25/19 80%*
02/01/19 60%*
02/08/19 40%*
02/15/19 20%* 
After 02/16/19 No Refund Given*
*The College 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 College
07/09/17 - 09/08/17 $400 Administrative Fee & $250 Housing Deposit retained by the College
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 College
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
Financial Aid Refund Checks & Over Payment Refunds

Students will automatically receive a refund for any excess funds (credit balance) on their student account each semester.  Refunds are processed by Student Financial Services 7-10 business days after the completion of the add/drop period each semester, approximately four weeks into the semester, following verification of student enrollment. 

Since refunds are not immediately available at the beginning of each semester, students must ensure they have sufficient funds to meet living expenses, including rent for the first two months of each term (for students living off-campus), books, supplies, and personal expenses until refunds become available.

All refunds, regardless of the source, are first applied to any credit card payment(s) that were made toward the student's account during the current fiscal year (July 1—June 30). A refund check will only be issued after the full amount of any credit card payment(s) has been refunded. Refund checks are mailed to the student's home address on file in AARC unless other arrangements are made in writing with Student Financial Services. Please ensure that your address in AARC is current at all times.

Return of Title IV Aid

When federal Title IV grant or loan assistance is disbursed, but the recipient does not complete the enrollment period, the law requires that Simmons College calculate the amount that must be returned by the school and/or student to Title IV program accounts.

The date the student initiates the withdrawal is used for calculating the percentage used in the formula for Return of Title IV funds. The number of days from the 1st class day to the withdrawal date divided by the number of days in the payment period (semester) equals the percentage of Title IV funds earned. If the withdrawal date is after the 60% point of the semester, the student has earned 100% of the Title IV funds.

If the total amount of Title IV grant and/or loan assistance that the student earned is less than the amount disbursed to or on behalf of the student, the difference between these amounts must be returned to the Title IV programs in the following order of priority (not to exceed the amount originally disbursed):

  1. Unsubsidized Stafford Loans
  2. Subsidized Stafford Loans
  3. Direct PLUS Loans
  4. Federal Pell Grant
  5. Federal SEOG Grant
  6. Iraq Afghanistan Service Grant

The school and the student share the responsibility for returning Title IV aid. The school returns "unearned" Title IV funds that have been paid to the school to cover the student's institutional charges received from Title IV grant and/or loan programs.

The school must return Title IV funds due to the federal programs no later than 30 days after the date the school determines the student withdrew.

If the student owes funds back to the Title IV programs, the institution will advise the student within 45 days of determining that the student withdrew. The student has 45 days from the date of notification from the institution to take action on the over payment. If the student's portion of unearned Title IV funds included a federal grant, the student has to pay no more than 50% of the initial amount that the student is responsible for returning. Immediate repayment of the unearned loan amount is not required because the student repays the loan to the lender according to the terms or conditions in the promissory note. The institution will advise the lender of the student's withdrawal within 45 days of determining the student withdrew.

No additional disbursements may be made to the student for the enrollment period. If the student does not repay the amount owed to the Title IV programs or does not make satisfactory payment arrangements with the U.S. Department of Education, Simmons College will report to the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) that the student received an over payment. The student loses eligibility for further Title IV aid until resolved.

Example

NOTE: Dollar amounts are for example only and are not true current costs.

Rachel has been awarded the following package for Fall 2016:

  • Federal Pell Grant - $1200
  • Federal Work-Study - $1250
  • Federal Subsidized Stafford Loan - $1750
  • Federal Unsubsidized Stafford Loan - $2000

Rachel withdraws from all of her classes on October 5, 2016. The total amount of Title IV Aid that is subject to the Return of Title IV Calculation is $4950. The percentage of Title IV aid Rachel has earned is 31.1%. The total amount of Title IV aid that was earned by the student is $1539.45.

The total amount of Title IV aid to be returned is $4950 - $1539.45 = $3410.55

Total charges for Fall 2015 semester is $8420 tuition and fees. The amount of Title IV aid unearned is 68.9%. The charges times the amount of unearned aid is $8420 X 68.9% = $5801.38

The amount of Title IV aid to be returned by the school is the lesser of the two, or $3410.55. Therefore, Simmons College would return $2000 Federal Unsubsidized Stafford Loan and $1410.55 Federal Subsidized Stafford Loan to the federal government. Simmons will also report the withdrawal effective October 5, 2016 to the National Student Clearinghouse.

The student in this example would not need to return any additional funds since the amount to be returned by the school was the same amount to be returned.

Tuition Protection Insurance

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

Helping you get the most out of your Simmons College 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 College'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.