Canceled enrollment and account credits

Before each quarter begins, SCAD incurs expenses for students and classes based on the number of students who have indicated their intention to enroll. Most of these expenses are not subject to change on short notice. Students who cancel enrollment prior to the beginning of the quarter or withdraw during the quarter may prevent other students from taking a class or may create vacancies that cannot be filled.

It is the responsibility of students who have decided not to attend to drop their classes via MySCAD or notify the registrar's office in writing prior to the beginning of the quarter in order to avoid being held liable for all fees. Failure to pay fees, not attending classes, or informing a faculty member that a student has decided to withdraw do not constitute official forms of notification. For students residing in campus housing and/or with meal plans, it is their responsibility to file the appropriate cancellation notices with residence life and housing and/or SCAD Card Services in order to avoid being held liable for fees.

After the drop/add period, withdrawing students should complete a withdrawal form available through the registrar's office or the office of student success. The date the withdrawal form is completed becomes the withdrawal date for computing any refund or credit due to a student or applied to an outstanding account. Requests for refunds sent by mail are dated according to the date received. Payment is made to the student unless the student directs otherwise in writing.

Students are entitled to financial aid as long as they are enrolled, provided they meet the related stipulations. In accordance with federal financial aid regulations, length of enrollment each quarter determines whether or not a student has earned the use of all the aid disbursed or scheduled to be disbursed. Any credit applied to a financial aid recipient's account upon withdrawal or expulsion must first be distributed to the appropriate aid programs in accordance with federal and state regulations. When a student with a student loan withdraws from SCAD, any excess credit posted on their account may be returned to their student loan program to reduce the overall debt. If any credit remains, it is applied first toward any outstanding charges. Any remaining credit is then refunded to the student. A credit balance created by financial aid that remains on a student's account after they cease to be enrolled could be subject to federal refund proration.

Credit posted to a student's account is based on the assessment of charges and not upon the amount paid by the student or number of classes attended. If a credit is due, it is prepared according to the following schedule:

  • A student may cancel their enrollment at any time before the commencement of the quarter.
  • A student who officially drops a course in Atlanta, Savannah, and eLearning during the drop/add period (the first five business days of the quarter) receives a 100% tuition credit for that course.
  • A student who officially drops a course in Lacoste during the drop/add period (the first two business days of the quarter) receives a 100% tuition credit for the course.
  • The tuition credit schedule for Lacoste is as follows: Students withdrawing between the 3rd and 7th business days receive a 55% tuition credit, students withdrawing between the 8th and 12th business days receive a 35% tuition credit, and students withdrawing between the 13th and 17th business days receive a 15% tuition credit.
  • A student not requesting cancellation online or through written documentation by the beginning of the quarter is considered enrolled and liable for all fees.
  • The application fee and one-time new student enrollment fee are retained to cover processing costs and are nonrefundable. The enrollment fee is nontransferable to other students or charges.
  • If a student is dismissed from SCAD as a result of disciplinary action, he or she is responsible for all tuition and fees (including all unused residence hall and/or meal plan fees).
  • If a student is academically dismissed from SCAD, all payments for tuition, housing, and meals for a subsequent quarter are refunded.
  • A student who withdraws from SCAD after completing over 40% of the quarter receives 0% tuition credit. This includes 0% tuition credit for completing 60% of the quarter.
  • A student who withdraws from SCAD following the drop/add period, yet during the first 40% of the quarter receives a reduction of tuition charges less than 100% and according to the following schedule.

 

Fall quarter 2020 withdrawal dates (Savannah, Atlanta, eLearning)

Withdrawal form received Credit/refund available

Sept. 19–27, 2020

55%

Sept. 28–Oct. 4, 2020

35%

Oct. 5–11, 2020

15%

Winter quarter 2021 withdrawal dates (Savannah, Atlanta, eLearning)

Withdrawal form received Credit/refund available

Jan. 9–17, 2021

55%

Jan. 18–24, 2021

35%

Jan. 25–31, 2021

15%

Spring quarter 2021 withdrawal dates (Savannah, Atlanta, eLearning)

Withdrawal form received Credit/refund available

Mar. 27–Apr. 4, 2021

55%

Apr. 5–11, 2021

35%

Apr. 12–18, 2021

15%

Summer quarter 2021 withdrawal dates (Savannah, Atlanta, eLearning)

Withdrawal form received Credit/refund available

10-week summer session:

Jun. 26–Jul. 4, 2021

 

55%

Jul. 5–11, 2021

35%

Jul. 12–18, 2021

15%

Jul. 12–18, 2021

15%

First five-week summer session:

Jun. 26–Jul. 4, 2021

 

55%

Jul. 5–22, 2021

0%

Second five-week summer session:

Jul. 31–Aug. 8, 2021

 

55%

Aug. 9–26, 2021

0%

Rising Star 2021 withdrawal dates (Atlanta, Savannah)

Withdrawal form received Credit/refund available

Jun. 21-25, 2021

100%

Jun. 26-Jul. 4, 2021

55%

Jul. 5-22, 2021

0%

Fall quarter 2021 withdrawal dates (Atlanta, Savannah, eLearning)

Withdrawal form received Credit/refund available

Sept. 13-17, 2021

100%

Sept. 18-26, 2021

55%

Sept. 27-Oct. 3, 2021

35%

Oct. 4-11, 2021

15%

Winter quarter 2022 withdrawal dates (Atlanta, Savannah, eLearning)

Withdrawal form received Credit/refund available

Jan. 5-11, 2022

100%

Jan. 12-18, 2022

55%

Jan. 19-25, 2022

35%

Jan. 26-Feb. 1, 2022

15%

Spring quarter 2022 withdrawal dates (Atlanta, Savannah, eLearning)

Withdrawal form received Credit/refund available

Mar. 28-Apr. 1, 2022

100%

Apr. 2-10, 2022

55%

Apr. 11-17, 2022

35%

Apr. 18-24, 2022

15%

Summer quarter 2022 withdrawal dates (Atlanta, Savannah, eLearning)

Withdrawal form received Credit/refund available

10-week summer session

Jun. 20-24, 2022

 

100%

Jun. 25-Jul. 3, 2022

55%

Jul. 4-10, 2022

35%

Jul. 11-17, 2022

15%

First 5-week summer session

Jun. 20-24, 2022

 

100%

Jun. 25-July 3, 2022

55%

Jun. 25-July 3, 2022

0%

Second 5-week summer session

Jul. 25-29, 2022

 

100%

Jul. 30-Aug. 7, 2022

55%

Aug. 8-25, 2022

0%

 

State eLearning withdrawal guidelines

Cancelled enrollment and account guidelines can vary for some eLearning students who reside in certain states.

If you are an eLearning student residing in Wisconsin, Maryland, or Oregon, please read this information regarding cancelled enrollment and account credit policies.

Financial appeals

Student account appeals
Students with extenuating circumstances may appeal to the student financial services department for tuition credit or tuition reimbursement. Appeals should be submitted online and include a statement of request, description of the extenuating circumstances, and supporting documentation. Such appeals must be initiated within 30 days of the end of the quarter for which the refund or credit is requested. The student will receive a written response within 30 calendar days of the date of the written appeal.

Financial aid appeals
Students with extenuating circumstances, such as personal illness, injury, or death in the family may appeal in writing for reinstatement of financial aid lost due to unsatisfactory academic progress.

Learn more

 

Tuition insurance

SCAD has partnered with GradGuard™ to offer the Tuition Protection Plan from Allianz Global Assistance. Tuition insurance can help students overcome financial losses if they must withdraw from school after classes begin. Having this plan expands the scope of the university's current refund policy by offering reimbursement for tuition, housing, and other fees due to covered withdrawals, such as a certain illnesses, injuries, or psychological conditions. Learn more at the GradGuard™ website.