Tuition Refund Policy

Purpose & Scope

The purpose of this policy is to make clear what circumstances may warrant a tuition refund.

Tuition and applicable fees vary according to the degree program in which the student is enrolled. Please refer to the section for each individual degree program for more information.  

Policy Statement

Students will be billed for tuition and fees approximately 30 days prior to the beginning of each semester. Tuition and fees must be paid in full by the first day of class. Late tuition payments or failure to make arrangements to pay tuition will result in the student being removed from class and/or clinical externships.

Students who withdraw (either voluntarily or involuntarily) before the first day of class of a semester for which they have already paid their tuition and fees will receive a 100% refund for that semester, with the exception of any non-refundable deposits, which will be retained by the University. Students who matriculate into the University, begin classes or externships, and withdraw (including leave of absence) within the first 30 calendar days of a semester will be refunded according to the following schedule: 1st week: 90%; 2nd week: 75%; 3rd week: 50%; 4th week: 25%; After 4th week: 0%.

There are occasions when a recommendation and decision for Dismissal or Leave of Absence from a program’s Student Assessment or Performance Committee, or from an administrative entity, may occur within the first four weeks of a semester based on professionalism, performance, or other issues that occurred in the previous semester. These students are eligible for a 100% tuition refund for the current semester.

Exceptions to this policy due to extenuating circumstances must be first approved by the Assistant or Associate Dean of Student Affairs on the student’s primary campus, via the Tuition Refund Form located on the iNet.  If approved, the exception form will be forwarded to the Senior Director of Student Financial Services for review.  If approved, the student’s Dean or Program Director will review.  If approved, the form will be forwarded to the Provost for final review and approval. If seeking an exception to this policy, complete the online “Tuition Refund Form” (located on the iNet), and provide a detailed explanation.

Roles & Responsibilities


VP of Finance

Oversight of this policy

Campus Student Affairs Deans Officers

Works with the student for initial review and possible first level approval/rejection of the tuition exception request.

Deans, Program Directors

Receives approved forms from Student Financial Services and, review and 3rd level approval/rejection of the tuition exception form



Receives approved forms from the Dean or Program Director and provides, review and final approval/rejection of the tuition exception form.. The decision of the Provost is final and not appealable.

For Iowa Residents Only: The State of Iowa For-profit Tuition Refund Policy can be found at