Withdrawals, Leaves, Refunds

In some instances, a student must leave Wellesley during her course of study. 

When a student takes a leave of absence or withdraws from the College, account charges and financial aid may be adjusted accordingly.

Withdrawals and Leaves of Absence

To be eligible for a refund the student must notify her Class Dean in writing that she is leaving Wellesley. The date the written notice is received by the Dean, or the date the College determines that the student is withdrawn, will be the date of withdrawal. Refunds are made for withdrawal or leaves of absence prior to the ninth week of the semester. The Comprehensive Fee is pro-rated on a calendar week basis. No refund is made after the eighth week.

Refunds are prorated among the sources of original payment. Scholarships, grants, and educational loans are refunded to the grantor or lender. Refunds of federal funds are dictated by federal regulation.

Wellesley College maintains credit balances for returning students and applies the credit to future charges. You may request a refund of a credit balance by submitting a written request to Student Financial Services.

A student who leaves Wellesley during her first semester at the College has her charges prorated based on the number of weeks in attendance until the tenth week. Students who complete 10 weeks but do not complete the first full semester are not eligible for a refund.

An off-campus Davis Scholar or postbaccalaureate student who withdraws from a course prior to the end of the add period receives a full refund. Charges are prorated on a calendar basis thereafter until the eighth week.

All other students will have their charges refunded as follows:

If Student leaves: Refund %
Prior to the first day of class 100
Before the end of the 1st week of classes 93
Before the end of the 2nd week of classes 87
Before the end of the 3rd week of classes 80
Before the end of the 4th week of classes 73
Before the end of the 5th week of classes 67
Before the end of the 6th week of classes 60
Before the end of the 7th week of classes 53
Before the end of the 8th week of classes 47

The Refund Request Form requires Adobe Acrobat Reader (free download).