For purposes of calculating tuition adjustments, dropping courses is defined as a reduction in course load while remaining enrolled in the University (the student drops one or more courses, but not all courses). Withdrawal is defined as students who give official communication to Enrollment Services of their withdrawal to the University after a semester/session begins (the student is withdrawing from ALL classes and is leaving the University).

For determining the length of class, it is defined as beginning with the start date posted for the individual class and ending on the stop date posted for the class.  Changes in scheduled classes (beginning or ending) by the instructor are not considered when calculating adjustments to charges.

For classes 12 weeks or longer, students have 14 days from the starting date of the class to drop or withdraw and receive a full reversal of tuition and fee charges.

No adjustments are generated and all charges remain due for courses dropped beyond the add/drop period. Should a student withdraw entirely, adjustments to charges are as follows:

Tuition & Fee

Classes 12 Weeks or Longer Prior To Reduction
Prior to the end of the second week 14 days 100%
Prior to the end of the fourth week 28 days 75%
Prior to the end of the sixth week 42 days 50%
Prior to the end of the eighth week 55 days 25%
After the eighth week 56 days 0%
Classes 11 Weeks or Less Prior To Reduction
11 weeks in length: 11 days 100%
10 weeks in length: 10 days 100%
9 weeks in length: 9 days 100%
8 weeks in length: 8 days 100%
7 weeks in length: 7 days 100%
6 weeks in length: 6 days 100%
5 weeks in length: 5 days 100%
4 weeks in length: 4 days 100%
3 weeks in length: 3 days 100%
2 weeks in length: 2 days 100%
1 week in length: 1 day 100%


*** No additional adjustments to tuition and fees are authorized on classes 11 weeks or less when the withdrawal occurs after the schedule listed above.***

IMPORTANT FACT: In accordance with Federal regulations, financial assistance may be adjusted for aid recipients that reduce credit hours, withdraw during the semester, or do not academically complete the semester. A portion of his or her financial aid will be refunded to the Title IV programs as required by the U.S. Department of Education. Such financial aid calculations due to changes in enrolled credit hours from credit hours used in the calculation of aid award may result in the student owing a balance to the University. If the student owes a balance and fails to pay it, their account will be turned over to a collection agency and additional fees may be assessed.

Withdrawing and Its Impact on Aid

Title IV (student aid) funds are awarded to a student under the assumption that the student will attend school for the entire period for which the assistance is awarded. When a student withdraws, the student may no longer be eligible for the full amount of Title IV funds that the student was originally scheduled to receive. When a student receiving Title IV student financial aid withdraws from all courses, the aid must be adjusted in accordance with rules established by the U.S. Department of Education. These calculations may result in the student owing a University balance.These rules apply to both students that formally withdraw from classes as well as students that receive a zero Grade Point Average (GPA) for a semester.

STUDENTS THAT WITHDRAW: Calculation is based on the last date of attendance as reported by the UMA Registrar’s Office.

STUDENTS WITH A ZERO GPA: Students with any assigned grades other than “A” through “D”; including but not limited to:  “L”, “MG”, and “W”. “I” and “F” grades will be reviewed based on faculty reporting and conflicting information. Federal policy requires that colleges determine the last date of attendance for each student every semester. If a student who began attendance and has not officially withdrawn fails to earn a passing grade in at least one course offered over an entire period, the institution must assume, for Title IV purposes, that the student has unofficially withdrawn. As UMA does not have a formal Leave of Absence policy, the Return to Title IV recalculation will occur at the time of the 0 GPA reporting.

Return of Title IV Funds/Institutional Refunds

When a student withdraws, University policies and federal requirements may result in charges and financial aid being reduced. If a last date of attendance is on or before the 60% point of the enrollment period, the federal refund calculation is performed. These refund calculations follow a specific percentage of adjustment based on the date of withdrawal and may require a return of financial aid to the financial aid accounts. Refund calculations take into account all federal financial aid received. The calculation is generally based upon the percentage of the enrollment period that has been completed.  Unearned funds that a student owes to a grant program are treated as an overpayment or makes satisfactory repayment arrangements within 45 days from the earlier of (1) the date the institution sends the student notification of the overpayment; or (2) the date by which the institution was required to notify the student of the overpayment (30 days after the date of the institution’s determination that the student withdrew).

The last date of attendance is determined to be the withdrawal date.  If the student ceases attendance without providing official notification of withdrawal to the institution, the mid-point of the payment period will be the withdrawal date for the purpose of returning Title IV funds.

Return of Funds

Funds returned as a result of a refund or overpayment is returned to the Title IV accounts in an order prescribed by law and regulations. Please refer below for information for that order.  The Institution has 45 days from the date the institution determines that the student withdrew to return all unearned funds for which it is responsible.

Order of Return of Title IV Funds as prescribed by the Higher Education Act:

  1. Unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loans,
  2. Subsidized Federal Stafford Loans,
  3. Federal PLUS (Parent) Loans,
  4. Federal Pell Grant,
  5. Academic Competitiveness Grant,
  6. National SMART Grant,
  7. Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG),
  8. Other Title IV aid programs,
  9. Other federal, state, private or institutional aid,
  10. The student.

Return of Meal Plan Funds

Any meal plans purchased voluntarily through UMA or Sodexo are valid for the entire time you are an active student within the University of Maine System. Upon completion of your degree or withdrawal from the System, you forfeit any remaining funds. Refunds may only be issued for any remaining balance of funds within the same semester that the meal plan is purchased should the meal plan holder withdraw from the System.