Dropping Classes & Withdrawal from Luther



Policy Adapted for Updated Fall 2020 and J-term 2021 due to COVID-19

Full-time tuition for Fall 2020 will be evenly divided amongst the modules that a student participates in.  If a student starts during the September-Term, the tuition will be divided into thirds (September-Term, Q1 and Q1).  If a student starts during the Fall Semester, the tuition will be divided in half to include Q1 and Q2.

Withdrawn by: Tuition Refund Percent
(September-Term Start)
Tuition Refund Percent
(Q1 Start)
9/2/2020 100% 100%
10/01/2020 66.7% 100%
11/30/2020 33.3% 50%
12/01/2020 0% 0%

In a normal semester, tuition calculations for withdrawals are calculated by the week.

Withdrawn by: Tuition Refund Percent
02/03/2021 100%
02/06/2021 90%
02/13/2021 80%
02/20/2021 60%
02/27/2021 40%
03/06/2021 20%
03/07/2021 0%


The fixed costs involved with operating the dining service do not decline when a student is no longer enrolled, so the board charge will be reduced by 35% to determine the variable cost.  The remaining variable amount will be divided by the number of weeks in the term to determine a per week amount.

Example: The full board charge is $2,680, of which $1,742 is variable cost ($2,680 * (1-.35) = $1,742) 

If a student withdraws in week 6 (by November 7, 2020), they would have 10 weeks remaining out of 16 weeks or 62.5% of the term.  $1,742 * .625 = $1,088.75 would be their board refund.


If a student withdraws before the first day of class, room charges will be refunded at 100%.  If a student withdraws after these dates, the student will not receive any refund for their room. 

If on-campus September-Term, the Fall deadline to receive a 100% refund is September 1, 2020.

If off-campus in September-Term, the Fall deadline to receive a 100% refund is  September 30, 2020.

Spring deadline to receive a 100% room refund is February 3, 2021.

Dropping Classes (Still enrolled at Luther) 

If a student drops a class by the last day to add/change registration for a full semester course, their tuition will be calculated based on actual enrollment on the last day to add/change registration for full semester courses.

If a student drops a class after the last day to add/change registration in full semester courses remain enrolled in other classes, no adjustments will be made to tuition.


Students are required to complete two January terms while enrolled at Luther. Students who enroll for the fall semester or the year but who choose not to participate in a January Term course are not entitled to a refund of room, board, or tuition charges for January Term.
*J-term 2021 is taking place during September-Term 2020

Music Lessons

A student who withdraws from a applied (private) music lesson after the semester begins will be billed at the prorated rate for each week registered as per policy. After a designated time, the full fee for the semester will apply. No refund in fees will be made for absences from private lessons, except on account of illness of more than two weeks' duration. See Music Lessons.

Newly Married

A student who marries during the academic year is not exempted from the original housing agreement. The above refund schedule will apply for the semester unless arrangements for temporary housing were made with the residence life office prior to the beginning of the semester.

Requested to Leave Luther

If the college requests for a student to withdraw because of unsatisfactory academic progress or infraction of college regulations, the student receives refunds as determined by the administration.

For more information on the refund policy, contact the Financial Aid Office.