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Voluntary Withdrawal

A student who chooses to withdraw from law school but wishes to retain the option of readmission must submit a written request to the dean for withdrawal without prejudice. The approval of this request is determined by the student's academic standing and the status of his or her account with Student Accounts in the Office of the Controller. The Student Handbook of Rules and Regulations details academic requirements relating to withdrawal and information on readmission procedures.

If approved, a request for withdrawal without prejudice will be considered effective as of the date of its receipt in the Office of the Dean. The Office of the Controller will use that date as the effective date of withdrawal when determining the status of the student's tuition bill.

If a withdrawing student has an unpaid balance due on his or her tuition bill, the amount due must be paid before a withdrawal without prejudice will be granted. If a withdrawing student has paid more than the required amount due at the time of withdrawal, he or she may be eligible for a partial refund of tuition. Fees are not refundable, and tuition refunds will not be granted after the fourth week of the semester.

To determine whether a withdrawing student owes a balance to the law school or is due a refund, tuition cancellation is computed based on the chart below.

Effective Withdrawal Date

Percent Tuition Canceled

Within 1st week of semester*


Within 2nd week of semester


Within 3rd week of semester


Within 4th week of semester


After 4th week of semester


* For this purpose, the first week of the semester for entering students is the week of orientation.

Refund calculations for students who are receiving Title IV federal aid (Federal Stafford or Perkins Loans) are determined in accordance with federal regulations. These students should contact the Office of the Controller to determine the amount of their refund.