Student Refunds

The first refund date of each semester will be no later than 14 days after the first day of class.
Following that, student refunds are processed approximately once every week throughout the academic year. For specific dates regarding the schedule, please view our Important Dates and Deadlines calendar.

  • Non-financial aid refunds will begin the 3rd week of the semester. 
  • Students will be notified their account balance has changed when a refund has been processed.
  • If payment was made by personal check, a refund will be issued after the check clears the bank.

Students suspended for disciplinary reasons are not eligible for a refund.

The U.S. Department of Education requires the University to refund to the borrower any overpayment of fees paid by Federal Student Aid funds. If desired, students may return the refund check to the University to pay future fees. Students wishing to return refunds to pay back federal loans should contact the Office of Financial Aid (finaid@uah.edu) for guidelines.

Student refunds are credited back in two ways

  1. Direct Deposit

    A direct deposit option is available for students who wish to have refunds directly deposited to their bank account. For any student to participate in our Direct Deposit option, that student must have a personal checking account in their name. To sign up for direct deposit, complete and submit the Direct Deposit Form.
  2. Direct Deposit Form

  3. Physical Checks

    A paper check is created for students who do not have direct deposit. Checks are mailed to the address on file in Banner, so please make sure the office has the most current mailing (MA) address. More information on how to update a mailing address can be found on our page.

Checks must be out of the office for 14 days before a stop payment can be placed on them to be re-issued. 

Refunds of Credit and Debit Card Payments

Upon student request, refunds due as a result of over-payment may be returned a credit/debit card for up to
the exact amount that was charged to that card. Any credit balance remaining will be issued to the student by check or Direct Deposit.

Refunding Employer Payments

If an employer paid the student’s tuition, please have them email bursar@uah.edu with the
Student ID number and the amount charged to ensure the refund is properly issued.

Returning a Refund Check as Payment

If a physical refund check is issued prior to an increase in account balance, the check can be mailed back to use as a payment towards that balance. To return the refund as a payment, please:

  1. Sign the back 
  2. Write student A-Number on front of check 
  3. Mail to:

ATTN: Cashier
301 Sparkman Dr NW
Student Services Building, Room 123
Huntsville, AL 35899-5050

Course Drop Refunds

Drops Fall 2020 DatesSpring 2021 Dates Refund
Through the sixth day of class 08/26/20 (full term classes) 01/25/2021 (full term classes) 100% of tuition and fees
After the sixth day of class 08/27/20 (full term classes)  01/26/2021 (full term classes)  No refund

1st 7-week term
Through the fourth day of class

08/24/2020 01/19/2021 100% of tuition and fees
1st 5-week term
Through the third day of class
 08/21/20 01/15/2021 100% of tuition and fees

2nd 7-week term
Through the fourth day of class

 10/15/20 03/09/2021 100% of tuition and fees
2nd 5-week term
Through the third day of class
 09/28/20 02/22/2021 100% of tuition and fees
3rd 5-week term
Through the third day of class
 11/04/20 03/30/2021 100% of tuition and fees

Summer 2021

For course dates regarding the Summer term, please visit the Registrar's summer calendar.

Drop vs Withdrawal

The Drop/Add period is a dedicated part of term where students can make adjustments to their schedule and receive a refund for courses they are no longer registered for. Students may Drop any or all courses from their schedule and receive a refund of tuition and fees associated with the dropped courses. Refunds are only given for dropped classes because the Drop period is part of the Term. Refunds for dropped classes do not include housing, meal plans, parking passes, or any other University charges. The deadlines to Drop classes are:

  • the sixth day of classes for a ten or fifteen-week semester
  • the fourth day of a seven-week semester
  • the third day of a six week (or shorter semester)

Semester specific deadlines can be found on the Registrar's Calendar.

After the Drop/Add period, students may Withdraw from a course and receive a grade of W on their transcripts. Refunds are not issued for any withdrawn classes. The deadlines for Withdrawal are:

  • the end of the tenth week of a fifteen-week semester
  • the end of the seventh week of a ten-week semester
  • the end of the fifth week of a seven-week semester
  • the end of the third week of a five-week semester
  • the end of the second week of a semester shorter than five weeks.

Students are advised to check the impact of dropping or withdrawing from courses on their financial aid, athletics eligibility, visa status, etc.

Ways to Withdraw

  • Online – Log in to myUAH. Under Student Services, select the Registration tab and then Add or Drop Classes. After the Add/Drop period, there will be the option to Withdraw. The withdrawal date is the date the request is entered in Banner.

  • In Person – Complete and submit a Registration/Schedule Adjustment Form to the Office of the Registrar or email to registrar@uah.edu. Withdrawal date is the date the form is received in the Office of the Registrar.