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This archived information is dated to the 2009-10 academic year only and may no longer be current.

For currently applicable policies and information, see the current Stanford Bulletin.

Tuition Refund Schedule

Students who take an approved leave of absence or summer annulment are eligible for a tuition refund during the first 60 percent of the quarter. Refunds are calculated on a per diem basis (including weekends and University holidays) starting the first day of instruction of each quarter. Tuition is charged on a daily basis (including weekends and holidays) through the first 60 percent of the quarter. After the first 60 percent of the quarter, students are liable for the full amount of tuition that they were charged. Health insurance charges are not refundable after the first day of instruction.

Per Diem Tuition Charges for Students Who Take a Leave of Absence






Graduate Full Tuition





Graduate 8-9-10 Unit Rate





Graduate Engr. Full Tuition





Graduate Engr. 8-9-10 Unit Rate





Last Date for Tuition Refund

Nov. 9

Feb. 18

May 12

July 24

For example: an undergraduate, who was charged the tuition rate of $12,010 for Autumn Quarter, becomes ill and informs the Student Services Center on the 10th day of the quarter that he or she wants to take a leave of absence. If the petition is approved, the student is charged for 10 days of tuition (10 days x $141.46 per day) or $1,414.60.

Separate schedules exist for students paying the medical, law, graduate business, or summer session rates. These schedules are available at the Student Services Center or at

Tuition refunds are calculated based on the date that the student last attended classes.

Students may not be entitled to any financial aid credits such as federal loans or University scholarships or grants that were previously placed on their accounts. The Financial Aid Office can confirm any amounts that may have been withdrawn from a student's account as a result of not being enrolled.

The amount refundable based on the criteria outlined above, an overpayment of fees, or financial aid awards in excess of fees is presented on the University Bill in Stanford ePay or on Axess. Refunds are processed routinely throughout the term. Refunds may be requested via HelpSU (, request category Student Services, request type University Bill/Student Account), in person at the Student Services Center (2nd floor of Tresidder Memorial Union, 459 Lagunita Drive) or by phone at (650) 723-7772 or (866) 993-7772 (toll-free). The Student Services Center is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., except University holidays.

Direct Deposit is Stanford University's standard method for processing student refunds. Students are advised to maintain up-to-date direct deposit details in Axess. Students who have not established direct deposit receive a check mailed to the mailing address as recorded in Axess. Checks for those without a mailing address are sent to the permanent home address.

Tuition payments made to the University under certain specific tax benefit programs prohibit tuition refunds to the student or donor. For more information about these programs, contact the Student Services Center.

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