The Office of Financial Aid is required to recalculate federal financial aid eligibility for students who withdraw, drop out, are dismissed, or take a leave of absence prior to completing 60% of a semester. The withdrawal date is defined as the actual date the student began the withdrawal process with the Registrar or Dean's Office, the student's last date of attendance, or the mid-point of a semester for a student who leaves without notifying Suffolk Law. In some cases, federal loans already refunded to the student may need to be returned to the lender. Please note that his could result in an outstanding tuition balance owed to Suffolk University.

Other actions you may need to take if you are considering a withdrawal or leave of absence:

  • Students withdrawing or dropping credits after a semester begins will be assessed tuition charges in accordance with the University's Withdrawal Policy.
  • If you leave Suffolk Law for any reason, you must file the Withdrawal or Leave of Absence form with the Office of the Registrar. Not completing the appropriate withdrawal or leave of absence forms can prove costly since students will be assessed tuition charges for a semester not completed.
  • Students with federal loan obligations either from Suffolk Law or a prior institution may wish to explore loan deferment or forbearance options.

Institutional Aid Recipients

Institutional aid is disbursed to a student’s account after he/she incurs 100% tuition liability. This usually occurs after the add/drop period and the last day to drop a class without a ‘W’ grade. If a student withdraws or takes a leave of absence prior to this date, all institutional aid is returned. Once a student incurs 100% tuition liability, no adjustment is made to institutional aid.