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Tuition Refunds

The total tuition is considered fully earned by the University once scheduled classes have begun in any semester or summer session.

Students desiring to withdraw from the University must formally notify the University of their intention by executing an official withdrawal with the Office of the University Registrar.

Failure to attend the course after registering is not justification for elimination of charges.


Old Dominion University is now offering electronic refunds (eRefunds) for all refunds. It's fast, easy and the best way to get your money delivered directly to you. The optional program provides all students with the most direct and easiest way to receive their refund.

Special Situations

For classes of less than one semester/session in length, refunds will be granted only before the first meeting of the class. Administrative withdrawals, as in the case of classes canceled by the University or the case of academically suspended students, entitle the student to a full refund of tuition. For refund purposes, the beginning of a semester is defined as the opening day of classes as shown in the course schedule booklet and University Catalog.

For classes of less than one semester in length, refunds will be granted for classes officially dropped before the first class meeting. Students in this category must contact the Accounts Receivable Office at (757) 683-3030 (select option 2) in order for their refund to be processed.

Balance of Aid Refund Checks

The Office of Finance is the disbursing agent for financial aid funds. Financial aid funds are applied directly to student accounts when the funds are available. For credit balances due to the student, the funds will be returned to the student in the form of a check or e-Refund. Balance of aid checks are normally made payable to the student and mailed to the student's permanent address on file with the Registrar. Checks for balance of aid are typically released 5-7 business days after the credit balance is created. If the charges exceed the aid awarded, the student is held responsible for any remaining balance by the tuition deadline. Please refer to Using Financial Aid to Pay Your Account under Payment Options for important information about your financial aid.

Based on Veteran's Affairs (VA) requirements, recipients of Chapter 33 benefits will have their funds posted after the end of the 100% refund period.

Issuance of Tuition Refund Checks

If a student formally drops classes within the published refund period, the appropriate tuition refund (less any other outstanding debts owed to the University) will be authorized. Refund checks are made payable to the student and mailed to the student's permanent address approximately four to six weeks after the end of the drop/add period.

An overpayment on a student's account of $5 or less that is not created by a financial aid disbursement will not be refunded unless the student requests the refund from the Accounts Receivable office.

Replacement Checks

Checks that are lost, mutilated, or destroyed can be replaced. It usually takes 10 business days to have a replacement check issued.

You must submit a Stop Payment Request form.

Tuition Appeals

Old Dominion University will promptly refund tuition and/or cancel a financial charge from a student account provided the student meets the requirements of the University's policy on Tuition Appeals.