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Withdrawal Process

Students considering withdrawal from the college should review policies and procedures available from the Class Deans Office.

Adjustment of Charges

Any student who withdraws prior to the first day of classes will receive a 100 percent refund of institutional charges and health insurance. All disbursed Title IV aid, institutional aid, state and other aid will be returned to the appropriate account by the college.

A student who withdraws on or after the first day of classes, but before the time when she will have completed 60 percent of the period of enrollment, will have her institutional charges and institutional aid adjusted based on a daily proration of her attendance.

A student who withdraws after the 60 percent point of the period of enrollment will have 100% of her institutional charges and instiututional aid remain for that period.

Other charges, such as library fines, parking fines and infirmary charges are not adjusted upon the student's withdrawal.

General Deposit

A student who withdraws from Smith College prior to June 30, for the fall semester, or December 1, for the spring semester, will receive a refund of the general deposit. If the student withdraws after these dates, the general deposit is forfeited.

Students Receiving Title IV Federal Aid

Per federal regulations, a student earns her aid based on the period of time she remains enrolled. Unearned Title IV funds, other than federal work-study, must be returned to the appropriate federal agency. During the first 60 percent of the enrollment period, a student earns Title IV funds in direct proportion to the length of time she remains enrolled. A student who remains enrolled beyond the 60 percent point earns all the aid for the payment period.

For example, if the period of enrollment is 100 days and the student completes 25 days, then she has earned 25 percent of her aid. The remainder of the aid must be returned to the appropriate federal agency. Unearned aid must be returned to specific programs, in order, up to the total net amount disbursed from each source. The order of return is as follows: Unsubsidized Direct Loan, Subsidized Direct Loan, Perkins Loan, Direct Graduate PLUS Loan, Direct Parent PLUS Loan, Pell Grant, FSEOG, Iraq & Afghanistan Service Grant.

Health Insurance

Information is available on our Health Insurance page.


Any student applying for readmission to Smith College must complete her financial aid application by August 15 (for fall readmission) or January 4 (for spring readmission). Any financial aid applicant who does not complete her financial aid application by the deadline may have her readmission application denied or prior approval revoked. Please review the information available on the registrar's website for details on the readmission process.