Policies & Restrictions

Registration Restriction

If a student has an unpaid balance the Student Accounts Office will place a restriction on student records that will not allow them to register for future semesters.

  • If a current student has an outstanding balance and is not on a payment plan with all payments current, we will put a hold on registering for future semesters until the balance is satisfied.
  • All payment plan payments must be current to remain on the payment plan through registration.
  • We will send out email notifications of these restrictions prior to registration. The student can check SelfService to see the current status of their registration restrictions

Registration and Refund Policy

Registration and Financial Liability

When a student registers, it is understood that they will pay in full all charges assumed at registration. Niagara University assumes that if a student is registered they are attending and participating in their classes. Failure to attend classes does not alter the charges or entitle the student to a tuition refund. It is understood if you are registered for a course you are fully participating in each course, or you will drop it. It is the student's responsibility to withdraw from any classes they are not attending. You will not be permitted to register for future semesters or receive your diploma unless your student account is paid in full. Should you decide to change your schedule in any way or stop attending, you need to fully understand your responsibilities as well as the financial liability that you may incur as a result. 

**Before you make any changes to your schedule (add, drop) or decide to stop attending class(es), you must meet with the Financial Aid and Student Accounts Departments to fully understand what financial liability may occur as a result.**

The withdrawal date will be the date the withdrawal notice is received by the Records Office and processed. Students will not be permitted to register for future semesters or receive their diploma unless the student account is paid in full.

As always, the University reserves the right to modify methods of instruction by, for example, converting in-person courses to online only as necessary, in the University’s sole discretion, to protect the health and safety of the NU community, without refund or off-set of any tuition or fees paid.

Committee on Refunds

An appeal for an additional partial refund of tuition and fees may be made to the Committee on Refunds, provided that continued attendance and/or residence by the student is made impossible by reasons of serious illness (supported by a doctor's certificate) or other emergencies; which, in the opinion of the committee, are clearly beyond the control of the student.

An application for a refund may be filed in person or by mail in the Student Records and Financial Services Office and must be made in writing on the form provided for that purpose. If the student is prevented by illness or distance from obtaining the regular form of such application, he or she should address a letter to the Records Office indicating the courses to be dropped and carefully explain their reasons, together with supporting certifications.

Withdrawal or Leave of Absence

Official Withdrawal

A student officially withdraws from the university when he or she completes the appropriate forms and follows the procedures outlined in the catalog. A resident student must also withdraw from university housing. The following tables will be used to determine refunds for tuition:

Days UsedRefundLiability
0-7 100% 0%
8-14 40% 60%
15 or more 0% 100%
Days UsedRefundLiability
0-7 100% 0%
8-14 80% 20%
15-21 60% 40%
22-28 40% 60%
29-35 20% 80%
36 or more 0% 100%