By law, Suffolk University cannot withhold refunds generated from federal loan proceeds longer than 14 days from the beginning of classes. Stafford loans received after the semester begins will be refunded within 14 days of their receipt, unless specified by the student to hold the funds. If you adjust your course schedule after you receive this refund check, you must make proper arrangements to cover your balance.

Financial aid refunds will not be processed until after the last day to drop a course without a grade of "W". Refunds for all payments will be processed after the add/drop period ends.

If the credit on your account is created by a TMS payment plan, you will not be issued a refund until you have paid your TMS contract in full for the semester or you may adjust your contract.

Credits to your account

Students who are not registered for a semester but have not withdrawn from the University may still have the ability to make a payment to their student account. We will treat such payments as a credit towards a future semester since no current registration exists and will not refund the student. If no registration for a current semester exists, then no payment will be applied towards that semester.

Room & Meal Plan

Room and meal plan charges are not subject to the Suffolk University refund policy. Once the student signs the housing license agreement, the student is responsible for paying all room and board charges for the term of this agreement. Students should review the housing license agreement for exceptions to this policy.

Title IV

If you have a credit balance from the disbursement of Title IV funds to your student account at any time during the school year, Suffolk University is required by law to obtain your permission to apply the credit balance to prior year or future term charges. Learn more about the Title IV authorization and using Title IV funds toward books and supplies.
  • Fall Refunds

    Loan Proceeds 
      Refund Date 
    College of Arts & Sciences  September 12 
    Sawyer Business School  September 12 
    Law School  September 5 


    Financial Aid & General Overpayments 
      Refund Date 
    College of Arts & Sciences  October 3 
    Sawyer Business School  October 3 
    Law School  September 26 

  • Spring Refunds


    Loan Proceeds 
    Refund Date 
    College of Arts and Sciences*  January 30
    Sawyer Business School*  January 30 
    Law School  January 23 


    Financial Aid & General Overpayments 
    Refund Date 
    College of Arts and Sciences*  February 27 
    Sawyer Business School*  February 27
    Law School  February 16 

     *Students who are enrolled in a quarterly class schedule should contact the Office of the Bursar for the refund schedule.