FAQs: Refund Exceptions

Should I withdraw from my course? +

The decision to withdraw from a course is made at your sole discretion and is a personal decision. You can consult with your advisor, instructor, and/or a financial aid counselor to help make this decision.

Can I use the Request for Exception form to withdraw from a course? +

A request for exception is not a formal request to withdraw from a course. Visit drop and withdrawal for more information on how to properly withdraw from a course.

If I withdraw from my class after the first day, will I get my money back? +

All students are subject to UMUC's Course Drop and Withdrawal Policy. You are permitted to drop a course within the timeframe specified in the policy. If you drop in accordance with the stated deadlines, you will be allotted a full tuition refund. Please be advised the application fee is nonrefundable. You will be responsible for all fees and all or a portion of the tuition if you drop outside of the stated deadlines, as this is considered a withdrawal.

Do I qualify for an exception from withdrawal or refund policies? +

To file a request for an exception to UMUC withdrawal and/or refund policies, you must meet the criteria as described in UMUC's Course Drop and Withdrawal Policy. All requests for exceptions to the UMUC withdrawal policy must be submitted within 90 days from the last day of the term during which the circumstance occurred.

Can I submit a request for an exception from withdrawal or refund policies more than 90 days after the term ends? +

Yes. Your request for an exception may be submitted after the 90-day deadline if you offer a compelling reason why you were unable to submit the form in a timely manner. Compelling reasons may include major illnesses requiring extensive hospital stays and lengthy military deployment. Please note, administrative remedies may be limited due to the passage of time.

How do I know whether my circumstances merit an exception from withdrawal or refund policies? +

Circumstances are unique to each student, but generally, exceptions are considered for a circumstance where you have suffered an unforeseen or unexpected event that impaired your ability to complete classes during a particular semester.  

If you experience a death of a family member during a semester, an exception is generally granted only if the deceased was a member of your immediate family. 

Generally, unexpected or increased workload may qualify as a special circumstance. We will require a letter from your employer corroborating that during the relevant timeframe, you were unexpectedly required to work more hours or your duties significantly changed.

It is your responsibility to manage such minor, unforeseen incidents such as being busy at work, volunteering for too many activities, or minor illnesses. These do not qualify for an exception.

Who or what is an appropriate authority to document my situation leading to my request for exception from withdrawal or refund policies? +

Generally, an appropriate authority will be an independent source who can corroborate and/or verify the circumstances that caused you to file a request for an exception. Following are common examples.  

Medical: A signed letter on your physician's letterhead providing dates of the condition, as well as the dates of treatment corroborating that your medical condition/treatment impaired your ability to complete your class. Please do not submit your medical records, prescriptions, or care instructions, as we are not able to interpret medical documents. 

Death: Copy of a death certificate and/or a copy of the obituary. The documentation must show the familial relationship. An exception for this reason is generally granted only if the deceased was a member of the student's immediate family.  

Military: Copy of the orders that provide the date you were notified of your deployment and the date you were deployed or a letter from a commanding officer (an 05 or above in the chain of command) that addresses the issues that interfered with your ability to satisfactorily complete your class. 

Job: A signed letter from your employer that provides dates and corroborates the issues that interfered with your ability to satisfactorily complete your class, or a notice of termination, application for unemployment benefits, or any other third-party documentation that verifies you suffered a job loss that interfered with your ability to satisfactorily complete your class.

If you have questions regarding documentation required to be submitted with your petition, please e-mail exception.request@umuc.edu.

Should I submit a personal statement with my request for exception from withdrawal or refund policies? +

Yes. We recommend that all students submit a detailed and persuasive typewritten statement that fully explains the reasons for their request for exception. This statement should not exceed one page in length.

What information do I need to provide if my request for exception from the withdrawal or refund policies relates to UMUC error? +

We will research the issue internally. If you have documentation that supports your claim, this documentation must be submitted with the request for exception. This information should include but is not limited to e-mails or letters from UMUC, instructors, advisors, and/or the Help Center support tickets.

Can I file a request for exception to dispute a grade or to request a grade change? +

No. The request for an exception cannot be used to dispute grades or request a change to an earned grade. Grade appeals must be directed to the appropriate academic school (the Undergraduate School or the Graduate School). See UMUC Policy 130.80 - Procedures for Review of Alleged Arbitrary and Capricious Grading.

Can I file a request for exception to complain about an instructor's actions or inaction? +

No. The request for an exception cannot be used to complain about an instructor. Concerns about an instructor’s actions or inactions must be directed to the dean of the appropriate academic school (the Undergraduate School or the Graduate School). See UMUC Policy 130.70 - Student Grievance Procedures

Can I file a request for exception to dispute financial aid decisions? +

No. Questions concerning Satisfactory Academic Progress as outlined by financial aid regulations can be addressed by Financial Aid.

How long does the request for an exception from withdrawal or refund policies take? +

A determination may take up to eight weeks from the date the request for exception is received. However, the process may take longer if you didn't include a personal statement or documentation from an appropriate authority.

Why did I receive a request for additional information after filing my request for exemption from withdrawal or refund policies? +

You will receive a request for additional information if you did not submit a personal statement and/or appropriate documentation. You may also receive a request for more information if the provided documentation needs to be supplemented or further explained. You will have 14 days to respond to requests for additional information. Failure to respond will result in a denial of your request. You may request additional time, if necessary.

If my request for exception from withdrawal or refund policies is granted, when can I expect my refund? +

Please allow at least 15 business days for any changes to be made to your account, refunds to be processed, or grades to be changed. Please allow at least 30-45 business days for any changes to be made on accounts at the State Central Collections Unit.

If my request for exception from withdrawal or refund policies is granted, how will my tuition be refunded? +

Refunds are returned in the manner that payment was originally received.

If my request for exception from withdrawal or refund policies is granted, when can I expect my transcript to reflect the change in grade? +

You should expect the grade change to be reflected on your transcript shortly after you get an approval letter.

Are there any consequences for filing a request for an exception from withdrawal or refund policies? +

Withdrawing from a course(s) can cause financial aid consequences in some cases. According to the Return of Title IV Funds, you may be responsible for returning financial aid that has already been disbursed. In addition, in some cases, students who are receiving a Pell Grant may show a decrease or increase in the Pell amount awarded.

If my request for an exception from withdrawal or refund policies is denied, how do I appeal the decision? +

You must present a new personal statement explaining why the denial was made in error or proving new or additional information pertaining to the original request. Please refer to the denial letter for instructions on how to appeal the decision.

In my second-level review, can I provide a new reason that I didn't include with my original request for exception to withdrawal or refund policies? +

No. You are not permitted to raise an issue on a second-level review that was not included in your original request for exception. You can, however, submit a new request if it is still within the 90-day time limitation.

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