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Unearned Tuition Assistance

Return of Unearned Tuition Assistance

Policy on the Return of Unearned TA Funds

Return of Tuition Assistance: Military Tuition Assistance (TA) is awarded to a student under the assumption that the student will attend school for the entire period for which the assistance is awarded. When a student withdraws, the student may no longer be eligible for the full amount of TA funds originally awarded.

To comply with the new Department of Defense policy, SUNY ESF will return any unearned TA funds on a prorated basis through at least the 60% portion of the period for which the funds were provided. TA funds are earned proportionally during an enrollment period, with unearned funds returned based upon when a student stops attending. These funds are returned to the military Service branch.

In instances when a Service member stops attending due to a military service obligation, the College will work with the affected Service member to identify solutions that will not result in student debt for the returned portion.

Schedule for Return of Unearned TA Funds

Unearned TA funds will be returned based on the week of the withdrawal date and the percentages in the table below. Withdrawal date is established as the effective date listed on the SUNY ESF Withdrawal Form.

Term Length = 15 Weeks
One Week of Instruction = 7 Days

Week of Term Percentage Returned
Before or During Week 1 (Days 1-7) 100% Return
During Week 2 (Days 8 - 14) 90% Return
During Week 3 (Days 15 - 21) 80% Return
During Week 4 (Days 22 - 28) 70% Return
During Week 5 (Days 29 - 35) 60% Return
During Week 6 (Days 36 - 42) 50% Return
During Week 7 (Days 43 - 49) 40% Return
During Week 8 (Days 50 - 56) 30% Return
During Week 9 (Days 57 - 63) 20% Return
During Week 10 or later (Day 64+) 0% Return