Tuition Refunds and Waivers

Tuition refunds

If you withdraw or are dismissed from a course or from the University, you are entitled to a prorated refund of tuition through the fifth week. Fees are not refundable. If you withdraw from a course before or during the first calendar week of the term, you will receive a 100 percent refund. Otherwise, refunds will be made as follows:

  • During the second week of the term: 80 percent refund
  • Third week: 60 percent
  • Fourth week: 40 percent
  • Fifth week: 20 percent
  • After the fifth week: No refund

Alternate refund/grading

This alternate refund/grading policy does not apply to Rush Medical College students.

Pure compressed weekend course
(Fri/Sat/Sun w/o any pre- or post-class work)

  • Before first class meeting : 100 percent and not transcripted
  • After first class meeting: No refund and W grade

Two-week course

  • Before first class meeting: 100 percent and not transcripted
  • Week 1: 50 percent refund and W grade
  • Week 2: No refund and WP/WF/WN grade

Five-week course

  • Before or during week 1: 100 percent and not transcripted
  • Week 2: 50 percent and W grade
  • Weeks 3-5: No refund and WP/WF/WN grade

You will receive a check or direct deposit for the amount of the refund, less any charges you owe the University, ordinarily within two weeks. If you wish to appeal the published schedule of refunds, you must do so in writing to the Associate Provost, Student Affairs.

Tuition waivers

Doctoral students in the Graduate College

Select students will be offered competitive financial support, which may include a tuition scholarship, health insurance, and/or a monthly stipend. Details will be communicated in the offer of admission letter. Please note that non-U.S. residents are not eligible for Graduate College stipend support.

To receive financial support, you must maintain full-time status — at least 9 credit hours per term. If you do not register for 9 credit hours per term, the scholarship will be rescinded, and you will be billed for tuition. 

Master of Science students in the Graduate College

Students enrolled in Master of Science programs in the basic sciences pay tuition and fees. For those students enrolled in the Biotechnology or Integrated Biomedical Sciences degrees, there are a limited number of scholarships for the program, including academic and diversity-based scholarships. One qualification for these limited scholarships is that students must maintain full-time status — at least 9 credit hours per term.

For students enrolled in the Clinical Research degree, Rush offers financial aid and scholarships to qualified applicants. Stroger affiliates can qualify for a reduced tuition rate. Rush employees can qualify for tuition reimbursement through the Linking Education and Performance (LEAP) program. Contact your benefits specialist or department admistrator for LEAP benefits and qualification information.