Executive Vice President and Provost

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Pam Benoit, Executive Vice President and Provost 

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Tuition Appeals and Late Drops

Student Tuition Appeals


Per Ohio University Procedure 12.050 Part V, the Tuition Appeal Review Panel considers student requests for reimbursements of tuition charges associated with class drops, withdraw from Ohio University, or other situations that were due to circumstances beyond a student's control that prevented him/her from adhering to drop or withdraw deadlines.
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For example: students are generally entitled to a 100% tuition refund if all full semester (14 week) classes are dropped (registration canceled) before classes begin, an 80% tuition refund if all classes are dropped by the Friday of the second week of the semester, and no refund at all if classes are dropped after the Friday of the second week of the semester. Add/Drop dates vary for some courses, based on course length and/or start-end dates, as noted in the class information in the course registration system.
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The Panel reviews requests for exceptions to this rule.

All appeals must include documentation of the circumstances and dates of occurrences. Refunds are determined relative to the dates of the circumstances. There is a $5 appeal submission fee (waived for medical appeals or in cases of university error).


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CIRCUMSTANCES THAT SUPPORT AN APPEAL:

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  • Significant illness or injury that prevented the student from attending class, completing assignments, or necessitated withdraw from all classes or the university. Appeal must include completed university medical documentation form.
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  • Significant illness or injury of an immediate family member that requires extended absence from all classes or necessitated withdraw from all classes or the university. Appeal must include documentation of circumstances (e.g., letter from medical professional confirming situation and student’s role as caregiver).
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  • Death of an immediate family member or guardian. Appeal must include documentation of death and student’s relationship (e.g., obituary, death certificate, funeral bulletin).
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  • Enrollment/attendance at another college/university while never attending class at Ohio University. Appeal must include verification of attendance at the other institution.
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  • Unforeseen job changes that create conflicts with class times. Appeal must include verification from the employer, on company letterhead.
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  • Errors on the part of the university/university employee. Appeal must include confirmation from the university officer regarding the nature/circumstances of the error.
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  • Military service members called to deployment or active duty: Please contact Veteran’s Affairs directly.



Tuition appeals for medical or bereavement reasons are limited to students who are withdrawing from all courses.­
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Students seeking to drop one or more classes, but not all classes, can withdraw through the MyOHIO Student Center. If past the withdraw deadline, submit an appeal for a late withdraw (see below). Late drops are not eligible for tuition adjustment.

Circumstances generally not sufficient to support a tuition appeal include, but are not limited to: insufficient financial aid and/or financial hardship, not being aware of add/drop deadlines, dropping courses to avoid low grades, deciding that school/work/life responsibilities are too overwhelming, arrest (without incarceration), lack of familiarity with computer systems, dissatisfaction with instructor or course content, determining that courses you took do not meet your academic and/or personal goals, or forgetting you were registered. Further, unfamiliarity with or lack of use of your ohio.edu email and/or failed receipt of forwarded messages from your ohio.edu email do not support a tuition appeal.­


All tuition appeals must be submitted through the college or regional campus dean's office where the student is enrolled. The dean's office will refer students to staff who will guide them through the appeal process and submit the appeal to the review panel on behalf of the student. Graduate students: submit tuition appeals directly to the Graduate College.­

Appeals may take two to four weeks to be reviewed and processed, depending on the nature of the appeal. Students should contact the dean's office staff regarding their appeal status.


Appeals Form (Excel)

Appeals Form (PDF)

Medical Documentation Form­­­

Medical Documentation Form (Chinese Translation)

Petition to Drop a Class after the Drop Deadline


Click here to download this form.

Dropping or withdrawing from a class is prohibited under registration deadlines, but under very exceptional circumstances students may petition their college or regional campus dean's office for an exception. To be considered, the reason must be substantial. Fear of earning a low grade in the class, for example, it not considered an exceptional circumstance. Students must submit a separate petition for each class they wish to drop. Students may not petition to drop a class that they have already completed.

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Late drops are not eligible for a tuition adjustment.

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Completed petitions should be returned directly to your academic college or regional campus dean's office for review. A $5 fee will be billed to the student's account for each approved petition.

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Note!­ Documents linked on this page are updated regularly.­ Outdated documents are not accepted.­ If you save the documents to your computer, please be sure that you are submitting the latest version.

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