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  • Federal Financial Aid is awarded to a student under the assumption that the student will attend school for the entire period for which the aid is awarded.
  • When a student withdraws, Federal Aid may be adjusted based on the percentage of the semester that the student completed.
  • The date recorded by the Registrar’s Office will be used as the official withdrawal date. This date will be used to determine the amount of Federal Financial Aid earned.
  • Tuition liability does not impact the amount of Federal Aid the student will earn when they withdraw from a semester. It is the student’s responsibility to be aware of the tuition liability schedule.
  • If a student withdraws before 100% tuition liability the charges will be reduced accordingly.  This may temporarily create a credit on the student account.  The Bursar will not issue a refund to the student until Federal Aid eligibility is re-calculated. After the calculation is performed the University will issue a refund or the student will be responsible to pay any resulting balance.
  • Students who receive an approved medical withdrawal may submit an appeal for consideration of a partial or full refund of charges. Appeals must be submitted to the Bursar’s Office via email at within 15 days of withdrawal.
  • If you decide not to attend Stony Brook University, it is your obligation to properly withdraw through the appropriate office.  Non-attendance of classes does not qualify as an official withdrawal, and does not relieve the student of his or her financial obligation.
  • If a student stops attending classes during a semester and does not officially withdraw, they will be considered an unofficial withdrawal.  At the end of each semester attendance will be confirmed for students who did not receive any passing grades. If it is determined that the student did not attend until the end of the semester a withdrawal calculation will be processed.


Click Here to View a Sample Federal Withdrawal Calculation


Withdrawing and Your New York State Aid Eligibility

  • If TAP was awarded and certified for full time tuition for the term of withdrawal, then it will be decertified for the following term. An appeal will be necessary.
  • If TAP was certified as a withdrawal with liability, then the student will receive the reduced amount of the award for the term of withdrawal and will most likely be decertified the following term. An appeal will be necessary.
  • If tuition charges are reduced or cancelled for the term of withdrawal, the current TAP award will be reduced or cancelled accordingly.


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