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Deposits and Fees

Refunds of Tuition/Housing Deposits and Orientation Fee

Housing: When residence halls are occupied at 100% occupancy of the regular designed capacity, residents who check out properly will be billed a prorated portion of the check-out process. Pro-rations are calculated on a daily basis. When the residence halls are occupied at a level below 100% of the regular design capacity, residents who check out will be billed the full semester´s housing charge, with no pro-ration.

Residents with extenuating circumstances may petition for an adjustment of their housing charge by sending a written request to: Campus Residences Offices, Mendelsohn Quad, Stony Brook, New York 11794-4444. The deadline for this petition is the last day of the semester in appeal.

Residents who live on campus for the Spring semester but will not be returning for the Spring semester must properly check out by 8 PM on the last day of the Spring semester to avoid incurring housing charges for the Spring semester.

Meal Plan: Students who withdraw from the University will be billed a pro-rated portion of the meal plan up to, and including, the official withdrawal date. Pro-rations are calculated on a weekly basis.

Students who wish to cancel their meal plan because they have moved off-campus or to a cooking building/area in the Residence Halls for the Fall semester must notify the Meal Plan Office either in writing to: Faculty Student Association, 250 Stony Brook Union, Stony Brook, New York 11794-3209, or in person during office hours Monday through Friday, 9:00AM to 5:00PM.

Deposit Refunds / Refund of the Tuition Deposit

Tuition deposit refund requests must be made in writing to Student Financial Services Office, Stony Brook Union, Suite 207, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, New York 11794-3222, or faxed to (631) 632-1308 by the appropriate deadlines below.

Fall: Refund requests for deposits made for the Fall semester must be received by May 1 or 30 days after the offer of admissions, whichever is later. However, there are no refunds of the tuition deposit after the first day of classes.

Spring: Refund requests for deposits made for the Spring semester must be received by November 1 or 30 days after the offer of admissions, whichever is later. There are no refunds of the tuition deposit after the first day of classes.

Refund of the Housing Deposit

The deadline for Undergraduates to request a Fall 2020 housing deposit refund has been extended to Friday, August 21.  

A housing deposit is required to reserve a housing assignment on campus. If a student no longer plans to reside on campus, he/she may request a partial refund of his/her housing deposit in accordance with the appropriate semester deadlines. If a student chooses to request a refund after making a room deposit, a cancellation fee of $100 per each request will be assessed.

There are no refunds of the housing deposit after the start of classes, regardless of whether or not the student is enrolled for the semester.

Spring: Applicants requesting a partial refund of the housing deposit made for the Spring semester must request the refund by January 15.

Applications for a partial refund of the housing deposit must be made in writing:

email Reside@stonybrook.edu, Fax the request to (631) 632-9211 or mail to:

Office of Campus Residences
Mendelsohn Quad
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794-4444

Refund of the Orientation Fee

Students who withdraw from the University  within 10 business days of paying their tuition deposit and matriculating may be eligible for a partial refund of the $300 Orientation Fee. There will be a $100 processing fee subtracted from the refund. Requests for refunds must be received no later than 5 business days before the first day of classes. Refunds will not be given after this deadline,  regardless of deposit/matriculation date or whether students have enrolled at the University.   

All requests for refunds must be made in writing. To request a refund of the Orientation Fee, contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office at enroll@stonybrook.edu to withdraw your acceptance of admission and request a partial refund of the Orientation Fee. The request will be forwarded to the Bursar’s Office for processing. Questions about Orientation Fee refund requests can be directed to the Orientation Office at (631) 632-6710.