Courses - Withdrawal

Withdrawing from the University may have both academic and financial aid consequences.  Students are encouraged to understand the consequences before deciding to withdraw.

If students complete 60 percent or less of the term prior to Withdrawal, they may be required to repay a substantial portion of their financial aid.

As with dropping a class, the specific financial consequences for each student depends on several factors:

      • The amount and type of financial aid the student has been awarded for the term,
      • the amount of initial charges, as well as adjusted charges, and
      • the point in the term of the Withdrawal (including the refund period in effect).

The student could owe additional money to the university (which would be due immediately), or the student could have additional funds returned to them from the university in the form of a refund. In some cases, students could have aid adjusted for future terms.

Notre Dame of Maryland University is required to review a student’s account and recalculate eligibility in the following situations:

      • A student completely withdraws from all classes during the semester, 
      • a student never attend any classes during the semester, and/or
      • a student does not complete all modules (classes that do not span the entire length of the semester) for which she/he has registered during the semester.

The Office of Financial Aid is responsible for reporting in the calculation the last date of attendance as determined by the institution using the last date of attendance or the last date of academically related activity. If neither of these dates are available, then the date the student initiated the withdrawal process will be used.

Confirmation of future enrollment within the same semester will prevent the recalculation process from being initiated. If a student decides that dropping a single course during the semester is necessary, but expects to complete the subsequent module courses during the same semester, he or she will be given the option to confirm that intention by responding to email notice from the Office of Financial Aid. Without documented confirmation by the student, the Office of Financial Aid will assume the student ceased attendance and will begin the Return of Title IV funds process.

The federal recalculation is determined on a pro-rated basis taking into consideration the actual number of days a student is in attendance. Once the recalculation is completed, the student will receive notification from the Office of Financial Aid of any change to his/her financial aid.