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Tuition & Refund Policy

Waldorf Refund Policy for Residential Programs

Application for withdrawal from all courses must be made to the Dean of Students and any refund will be based on the withdrawal date. Your withdrawal date will be determined by the university as (1) the date you began the university’s withdrawal process or the date you officially notified the registrar of your intent to withdraw; (2) the midpoint of the semester (if you withdraw without notifying the university); or (3) your last date of attendance in an academically-related activity as documented by the university. If you withdraw from the University before completing 60 percent of the semester, you may receive a refund on tuition and board charges.

The portion of your tuition and board charges you are entitled to receive a refund on is calculated on a percentage basis by comparing the total number of calendar days in the semester to the number of calendar days you completed before you withdrew. (The total number of calendar days in a semester shall exclude any scheduled breaks of more than five days.) For example, if you complete 30 percent of the semester, you would receive a refund of 70 percent of the tuition and board charges you were originally billed. There is no refund on fees, room costs or other incidental charges. Any tuition refunds due will be issued within 30 business days.

Iowa State Refund Exception

If, at any time, an Iowa student terminates a postsecondary educational program due to the student’s physical incapacity or spousal relocation to another city, the terminating student shall receive a refund of tuition charges in an amount that equals the amount of tuition charged to the student multiplied by the ratio of the remaining number of calendar days in the school period to the total number of calendar days in the school period.

Return of Federal Title IV Financial Aid Funds Policy

As part of the Higher Education Amendments of 1998, Congress passed new provisions governing what must happen to your federal financial assistance if you completely withdraw from school in any semester. This change of policy went into effect at Waldorf during the beginning of the fall 2000 semester. The policy governs all federal grant and loan programs including Federal Pell Grant, Federal Perkins Loan, Federal SEOG, Federal Academic Competitive Grant, Federal SMART Grant, Federal TEACH Grant and Federal Direct Loans. The policy doesn't affect Federal Work-Study.

In general, the law assumes that you earn your federal financial aid awards directly in proportion to the number of days of the term you attend. If you completely withdraw from school during a term, the school must calculate according to a specific formula the portion of the total scheduled financial assistance you have earned and are therefore entitled to receive up to the time you withdrew. If you receive (or the university receives on your behalf) less assistance than the amount you have earned, you may be able to receive those additional funds.

The portion of your federal grants and loans you are entitled to receive is calculated on a percentage basis by comparing the total number of calendar days in the semester to the number of calendar days you completed before you withdrew. (The total number of calendar days in a semester shall exclude any scheduled breaks of more than five days.) For example, if you complete 30 percent of the semester, you earn 30 percent of the assistance you were originally scheduled to receive. This means that 70 percent of our scheduled awards remain unearned and must be returned to the federal government.

Federal aid funds are returned in the following order, both by the university and the student:

  1. Unsubsidized Federal Direct Stafford Loans
  2. Subsidized Federal Direct Stafford Loans
  3. Federal Perkins Loans
  4. Federal Direct PLUS Loans
  5. Federal Pell Grants
  6. Federal ACG Grant
  7. Federal SMART Grant
  8. Federal SEOG Grants
  9. Federal TEACH Grant
  10. Other federal aid programs

Once you have completed more than 60 percent of the semester, you can be said to have earned all (100 percent) of your assistance. If you withdraw from the university (either officially or unofficially) before completing 60 percent of the semester, you may have to repay any unearned federal funds that were already disbursed to you. Your withdrawal date will be determined by the university as (1) the date you began the university withdrawal process or the date you officially notified the registrar of your intent to withdraw; (2) the midpoint of the semester (if you withdraw without notifying the university); or (3) your last date of attendance at an academically-related activity as documented by the university.

If you have received excess funds that must be returned to the government, the university shares with you the responsibility of returning those excess funds. The university’s portion of the excess funds to be returned is equal to the lesser of:

  • The entire amount of the excess funds, or
  • Your total tuition and fee charges multiplied by the percentage of un-earned funds.

If the university is not required to return all of the excess funds, you must return the remaining amount. Any loan funds that you must return must be repaid according to the terms of your promissory note. If you must return any grant funds, the law provides that the amount you must repay is to be reduced by 50 percent. This means that you only have to return half of any excess funds you receive. If the return of unearned federal assistance causes any portion of your tuition and fees to become uncovered, you will be billed by the university. In such cases, you will be required to make arrangements with the business office to pay the balance. Refunds and adjusted bills will be sent to the student's home address on file in the Office of the Registrar following the withdrawal. Students are responsible for any portion of the institutional charges that are left outstanding after Title IV and other funds are returned.

Any award money you do to return is considered a federal grant overpayment. You must either repay the amount due in full or make satisfactory arrangements with the U.S. Department of Education to repay the amount. You must complete these arrangements within 45 days of the date of the university’s notifying you of your overpayment status or risk losing your eligibility for further federal financial assistance. You may contact the U.S. Department of Education Claims Division at 800.621.3115.

Return of Institutional Funds Policy

If a student withdraws before the end of a term after receiving institutional financial aid payments, the percentage calculated under the university’s formula for return of Title IV funds to the student's account will be used to calculate the institutional return of funds amount. The only institutional funds that are exempt from this policy is Institutional Work-Study.

The portion of your institutional grants you are entitled to receive is calculated on a percentage basis by comparing the total number of calendar days you completed before you withdrew. (The total number of calendar days in a semester shall exclude any scheduled breaks of more than five days.) For example, if you complete 30 percent of the semester, you earn 30 percent of the assistance you were originally scheduled to receive. This means that 70 percent of your scheduled awards remain unearned and must be returned to Waldorf University.

Return of State Iowa Funds Policy

If a student withdraws before the end of a term after receiving state financial aid payments, the percentage calculated under the university’s formula for return of institutional funds to the student's account must be used to calculate the state return of funds amount. The only state scholarship or grant program that is exempt from this policy is the State Work-Study Program.

Waldorf Refund Policy for Online Programs

Students who wish to drop/withdraw from a course or withdraw from their program are encouraged to complete the course drop/withdrawal form located in myWaldorf Student Portal; however, students may withdraw in any manner by contacting the Office of the Registrar. Any refunds due will be issued within 30 business days. Tuition refunds for course withdrawals are based on the Refund Policy for Online Programs. All students who drop/withdraw from a course after the drop date will be charged a 20 percent registration fee, up to a maximum registration fee of $150 for the term. Full tuition and registration fee will be refunded for cancelling a course within seven calendar days from the term start date. Refunds are issued from 0-to-60 percent completion of calendar days in the term, in compliance with regulatory requirements. Therefore, refund eligibility occurs up to the 60 percent threshold, prior to the conclusion of week five. The remaining tuition will be refunded based on the course start date and the tuition percentage amounts listed below. In the states of Arkansas and Indiana, Waldorf University follows the refund guidelines set forth by their state boards of education or equivalents.

Refund due in the:

Refund Amount
First week 100%
Second week 80%
Third week 60%
Fourth week 40%
Fifth week 20%
Sixth week No Refund

 
 *This registration fee does not apply to Iowa residents. Students are not permitted to withdraw from a course after the term end date.

Arkansas State Refund Policy

The Arkansas State Refund Policy applies when students who are residents of Arkansas withdraw, drop, or are administratively dropped from a course or the institution.

Refund Amount
Proportion of Total Course, Program or Term Completed as of Date of Withdrawal or Termination   Tuition Refund
Less than 25%   Prorated
25% up to but not including 50%   50% Refund
50% up to but not including 75%   25% Refund
More than 75%   No Refund


 



Indiana State Refund Policy
The Indiana State Refund Policy applies when students who are residents of the Indiana withdraw, drop, or are administratively dropped from a course or the institution.

Refund Amount
Date of Withdrawal or Termination Tuition Refund
Less than 10% 90% Refund
10% up to but not including 25% 75% Refund
25% up to but not including 50% 50% Refund
50% up to but not including 75% 25% Refund
More than 75% No Refund

Iowa State Refund Exception

If, at any time, an Iowa student terminates a postsecondary educational program due to the student’s physical incapacity, the terminating student shall receive a refund of tuition charges in an amount that equals the amount of tuition charged to the student multiplied by the ratio of the remaining number of calendar days in the school period to the total number of calendar days in the school period.

*Updated 3/23/2015