Financial Aid refunds are processed by check or direct deposit. All students are encouraged to set up direct deposit for immediate access to their refund. Refund checks are processed and maintained in our office for two weeks allowing students with a valid college or state issued I.D. to pick up. After two weeks, refund checks will be mailed to the student's permanent address on file. Students who prefer to have their refund check mailed home immediately can provide us with a postage paid enveloped, self addressed with their permanent address on file.
If you decide to withdraw from or not attend SUNY Cortland, it is your obligation to properly and promptly withdraw through the Student Registration and Records Services. Non-attendance of class(es) does not qualify as an official withdrawal and does not relieve a student of financial obligations.
Reduction (and refund, if applicable) of tuition liability is made according to SUNY Board of Trustees policies. Students incur liability based on the length of the academic term and the date of official withdrawal. To qualify for liability adjustments, students must follow the College's official withdrawal policy and complete and submit the proper Student Registration and Records Services form. Non-attendance, stop payment orders on checks, and/or disputing credit card payments do not constitute official withdrawals. Students who process initial registration during the drop/add period will not be withdrawn for non-payment and will be held responsible for payment of their charges. For specific semester refund schedules, please visit the relevant link(s) below:
Federal regulations require the Financial Aid Office to recalculate the amount of federal financial aid a student has earned as of the official date of withdrawal.
A student is not eligible for 100% of federal financial aid until 60% of the semester has been completed. As a result, loan money already received on a student's behalf may have to be repaid.
Also, available aid for subsequent semesters may be affected by a withdrawal. It is strongly recommended that students consult with their financial aid counselor before making a decision to withdraw. For more details, see Refund/Repayment of Financial Aid in the College Catalog.
Students who withdraw from SUNY Cortland before the semester or after a semester is underway may be entitled to receive refunds of some of the paid charges, deposits and fees.
Those who are denied permission to register at the College will be entitled to a full refund of tuition, room and board charges paid for that term but students who are suspended by the Student Conduct Office are fully liable for all semester charges per 8NYCRR 302.2 (b)(2). Students will receive a full refund of tuition and fees when a course is cancelled by the College.
Any refunds issued as a result of reduced charges will be done via check in the student's name. However, if the original charge was paid by credit card, in accordance with banking regulations, we will process the refund to the credit card used to pay the charge, whenever possible. In the event of "split" payments, a credit card will be refunded first.