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Refunds

Full-time or special students who withdraw from RISD will be charged a portion of tuition as follows:

Withdrawal during    Portion charged*  
First two weeks 20%
Third week 40%
Fourth week 60%
Fifth week 80%
Thereafter 100%

Special students who withdraw during Wintersession will be charged a portion of the tuition as follows:

Withdrawal during    Portion charged*  
First week 40%
Second week 80%
Thereafter 100%

Summer students who withdraw from any Summer session will be charged a portion of the tuition as follows: 

Withdrawal during    Portion charged*  
First week 40%
Second week 80%
Thereafter 100%

If you have signed a residence hall contract, you must pay the room rental for the entire semester; you will also be charged for the portion of the meal plan that has been used, along with an administrative fee.

If you do not plan to return to RISD, you must inform the institution in writing. Withdrawal forms are available at the Student Affairs Office. If you fail to withdraw officially, you will be charged full tuition. After your account has been adjusted according to RISD’s refund policy, credit may result.

If a student withdraws from the College and has Title IV aid** for that term, the amount of the Title IV aid that may have to be returned is based on the amount of the Title IV aid that has been earned as of the date of withdrawal from the College. The amount of the Title IV aid that is considered earned is in the same proportion as the amount of the term that the student has completed before they withdrew. If a student has completed more than 60% of the term, then all of the Title IV aid is considered as being earned.

Refunds for Title IV Aid
The amount of unearned Title IV aid that the College must return is based on the institutional charges such as: tuition, room and board. The student may also be required to return a portion of the unearned Title IV aid. The College will notify the student of the amount(s) that the College is responsible for returning as well as the amount the student may be responsible for returning. If a student is required to return a loan or a portion of a loan, it is the student’s responsibility to repay the loan according to the original terms of the loan. If a student is required to return a grant, only 50% is required to be returned.

If a student is due a post-withdrawal disbursement of Title IV aid and has outstanding institutional charges, the College will notify the student of the awards and the procedures to accept or decline the aid.

Refunds Due to Military Service
A full refund will be given to any person called to active duty by the United States Department of Defense. Incompletes and readmission will be granted where appropriate and requested. A student will normally have up to 10 years to be readmitted without a special request. 

*For each semester

**Unsubsidized loan, subsidized loan, Perkins loan, PLUS loan, Pell grant, FSEOG aid 

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