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, based on your online (AARC), written or email request. Non-attendance does not constitute a drop or withdrawal from the 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.

Fall 2019

Course Dropped on or Before% of Tuition Charges Canceled
September 13100%
September 2080%
September 2760%
October 440%
October 1120%
On or after October 120%

Spring 2020

Course Dropped on or Before% of Tuition Charges Canceled
January 21100%
January 2880%
February 460%
February 1140%
February 1820%
On or after February 190%

Summer 2019

Course Dropped on or Before% of Tuition Charges Canceled
On or before the first day of class100%
On or before the second day of class80%
After the second day of class0%

The refund schedule below applies to ALL graduate students and is applicable to courses in all Fall and Spring terms that started before November 2019.

Course Dropped% of Tuition Charges Canceled
7 days after first class100%
8-14 days after first class80%
15-21 days after first class60%
22-28 days after first class40%
29-35 days after first class20%
36 days after first class0%

The refund schedule below applies to ALL graduate students and is applicable to courses in all Fall and Spring terms starting in November 2019 or after.

Course Dropped% of Tuition Charges Canceled
By 11:59 p.m. on the day before the 2nd class meeting100%
On or after day of 2nd class meeting80%
On or after day of 3rd class meeting60%
On or after day of 4th class meeting40%
On or after day of 5th class meeting20%
Day of 6th class meeting or after0%

The refund schedule below applies to the following programs:

  • Nursing@Simmons
  • SocialWork@Simmons
  • BehaviorAnalysis@Simmons
  • HCMBA@Simmons
  • MBA@Simmons
  • PublicHealth@Simmons
Course Dropped% of Tuition Charges Canceled
7 days after first class100%
8-14 days after first class80%
15-21 days after first class60%
22-28 days after first class40%
29-35 days after first class20%
36 days after first class0%

The refund schedule below applies to the following programs:

  • All on-campus graduate students
  • LIS online
  • Nutrition online
Course Dropped on or Before% of Tuition Charges Canceled
On or before the first day of class100%
On or before the second day of class80%
After the second day of class0%

 

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 class100%
On or before the second day of class80%
After the second day of class0%

MPH@Simmons Travel Immersion Policy

MHEO-430: Immersion, Racism & Health

Course Dropped% of Tuition Charges Canceled
Before the first day of class100%
On or after the first day of class0%

MHEO-460: Immersion Ecuador (9 Day Immersion)

Course Dropped% of Tuition Charges Canceled
On or before the third day of class100%
After the third day of class0%

MHEO-461: Immersion Arizona (6 Day Immersion)

Course Dropped% of Tuition Charges Canceled
On or before the second day of class100%
After the second day of class0%

MBA/HCMBA@Simmons Travel Immersion Policy

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

Course Dropped% of Tuition Charges Canceled
Before the first day of class100%
On or after the first day of class0%

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.

Fall 2019 Room & Board Refund Schedule

Withdrawal on or Before% of Room and Board Refunded
2/12/18 - 3/9/18$250 Housing Deposit retained by the University
6/14/19$400 Administrative Fee & $250 Housing Deposit retained by the University
7/12/19$600 Administrative Fee & $250 Housing Deposit retained by the University
8/2/19$800 Administrative Fee & $250 Housing Deposit retained by the University
9/6/19$1,000 Administrative Fee & $250 Housing Deposit retained by the University
9/6/19100%
9/13/1980%*
9/20/1960%*
9/27/1940%*
10/4/1920%*
After 10/4/19No Refund Given*

Spring 2020 Room & Board Refund Schedule

Withdrawal on or Before% of Room and Board Refunded
11/9/19 - 12/13/19$250 Housing Deposit retained by the University
12/27/19$400 Administrative Fee & $250 Housing Deposit retained by the University
1/3/20$600 Administrative Fee & $250 Housing Deposit retained by the University
1/10/20$800 Administrative Fee & $250 Housing Deposit retained by the University
1/24/20$1,000 Administrative Fee & $250 Housing Deposit retained by the University
1/31/2080%*
2/7/2060%*
2/14/2040%*
2/21/2020%*
After 2/21/20No Refund Given*

*The University will retain the Housing Deposit for withdrawals after the semester begins.

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 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 the start of the term
  • 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.

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.