Withdrawal Liability

If you decide to withdraw from or not attend SUNY Old Westbury, it is your obligation to properly and promptly withdraw through the Office of the Registrar. Non-attendance of class(es) does not qualify as an official withdrawal and does not relieve a student of financial obligations.

Reduction (and refund, if applicable) of tuition liability is made according to SUNY Board of Trustees policies.  Students incur liability based on the length of the academic term and the date of official withdrawal.  The tuition refund schedule below has been established by the SUNY Board of Trustees and relates to both fall and spring semesters.  

Effective Date of Withdrawal

Tuition Refund Available

1st Week


2nd Week


3rd Week


4th Week


5th Week


Deadline dates for the current semester are available via the departmental menu on this page.

Any reductions related to summer and winter sessions are done on a modified schedule. Students are advised to contact the Office of the Bursar for details related to those sessions.

To qualify for liability adjustments, students must follow the University's official withdrawal policy complete and submit the required paperwork. Non-attendance or stop payment orders on checks do not constitute official withdrawals.

Federal regulations require the Office of Financial Aid to recalculate the amount of Federal financial aid a student has earned as of the official date of withdrawal.  Also, available aid for subsequent semesters may be affected by a withdrawal. It is strongly recommended that students consult with their financial aid counselor before making a decision to withdraw. 

Approval of the withdrawal, as well as the date it becomes effective, must be certified by the chief administrative officer of the University or his/her duly designated representative.

All tuition and fee refunds require eight to ten weeks for processing.


  • There shall be no tuition or fee liability established for a student who withdraws to enter military service prior to the end of an academic term. Proof must be submitted.
  • A student who is dismissed for disciplinary reasons or administratively withdrawn for failure to comply with immunization requirements, prior to the end of an academic term, shall be liable for all tuition and fees due for that term.