A student who drops a course or who has an approved refund petition may receive a tuition refund according to the prorated schedules below.

Exceptions:
  • Course fees are nonrefundable.
  • If you withdraw without officially notifying the Cornell SCE registrar’s office in writing, you will not receive a refund.
  • Health fees and/or the student health plan charge cannot be refunded after the first day of class (or program start). For more information, contact Student Health Benefits.

If you have questions about this process, please contact us.

Tuition-refund schedules

For Summer/Winter Session

To withdraw from a summer/winter course, you must notify the SCE registrar’s office in writing. Your refund amount will be determined by the number of days from the start of the course that you withdrew.

Refund schedule (based on course start date)
  • Days 1-3: Withdrawal period with a 100 percent tuition refund
  • Days 4-5: Withdrawal period with a 50 percent tuition refund
  • Day 6: Withdrawal period with no refund

For Fall/Spring Study

To withdraw from a fall/spring course, you must notify the SCE registrar’s office in writing. Your refund amount will be determined by the prorated schedule on Cornell’s Office of the Bursar website.

For Special Programs

Visit your special program’s website for withdrawal and refund information.

Refund petition

If you want to appeal the refund schedule based on special circumstances, download the petition form (PDF), complete it, and submit it to

Cornell University
School of Continuing Education
B20 Day Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853

The form will be reviewed by committee, and you will be notified if your appeal is approved.