Refunds

Refunds are paid when you receive more financial aid than the direct costs on your university bill. Refunds are credited to your account during the first week of classes each semester. 


What is a Financial Aid Refund?

  • Financial aid refunds are issued if the total amount of financial aid awarded for the semester is greater than the charges on your student account.
  • If you are due a refund, you will see a negative balance on your account before the refund is processed. 

When will I receive my refund?

  • Refunds begin showing on your account 7 business days prior to the first day of classes each semester. 
  • You will receive your refund check/deposit during the first week of classes. 
  • Direct deposit is the fastest and most secure way to receive your refund. By electing this option, your refund will be directly deposited into your checking or savings account, which is significantly faster than waiting for a check to arrive in the mail.
    • If you have direct deposit, you will receive your refund 3 to 5 days from the date the refund was posted to your student account.
    • If you don’t have direct deposit, a paper check will be mailed to your permanent address. Please allow 5 to 7 days from the date the refund was posted to your student account.
  • If the refund is due to a Parent PLUS loan, the money will be processed based on how it was indicated on the application (either applied to the student account or a check mailed to the parent).

Confirming your refund 

  • You can confirm that your refund has been processed by viewing your Account Activity.  There will be a line item posted that reads "Refund," as well as the date and amount.
  • If you have direct deposit, you will receive your refund 3 to 5 days from the date the refund was posted to your student account. If you don’t have direct deposit, a paper check will be mailed to your permanent address. Please allow 5 to 7 days from the date the refund was posted to your student account.

Negative account balances

  • If you have a negative account balance, you will be receiving a refund.
  • A negative balance means you received more financial aid for the semester than the charges shown on your student account.
  • Students may use their refund money to purchase books and/or other school-related expenses.  Also, there may be various circumstances in which additional charges are added to a student’s account.  Refund money can and should be used towards these charges.

Refunds for overpayment

  • If you accidentally paid more than you owe, you will receive a refund for overpayment.
  • Refunds for overpayment or other credits are processed after the official add/drop period has ended.
  • After the add/drop period, these refunds are processed weekly. 
  • If you have direct deposit, you will receive your refund 3 to 5 days from the date the refund was posted to your student account. If you don’t have direct deposit, a paper check will be mailed to your permanent address. Please allow 5 to 7 days from the date the refund was posted to your student account.
  • The university reserves the right to refuse payments that substantially exceed the balance on the student's account.

Title IV Authorization for Financial Aid

  • If a student is receiving financial aid, the university highly encourages the completion of the Financial Aid Titile IV Authorization in order to allow non-institutional charges to be paid with financial aid awards.