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Should It Become Necessary

Course Adjustment

There is no penalty or liability for any course adjustment completed during the course adjustment period. The course adjustment period is typically held during the first two weeks of the fall and spring semester. You can find the specific dates for each semester's course adjustment period listed in the academic calendar.

However, if you drop any course after the course adjustment period is over, you will be charged for the percentage of tuition for which you are liable. The only exception being if you stay within full time tuition (12-15 credits for most programs). The percentages of liability for course adjustment after the course adjustment period are the same as the percentages of liability upon withdrawal. See below for those percentages.

Please note, there is a $100 late course adjustment fee charged to all students who add any courses after the course adjustment period has ended.

Withdrawing From SVA

The enrollment fee is nonrefundable. The health insurance fee is refundable only if withdrawal occurs prior to the applicable semester waiver deadline. The waiver deadline is located on the Student Health and Counseling Services webpage. 

Students who wish to withdraw from SVA must notify their academic advisor in writing. Written approval from a parent or guardian must be included if the student is under 18 years of age. The effective date of the withdrawal is the date written notification is received by the academic advisor. Lack of attendance alone does not entitle a student to a refund. 

Refunds, less the nonrefundable enrollment fee and health insurance fee (if applicable), are made after the prorated percentages of liability are applied, unless superseded by an existing state or accrediting agency refund policy. Upon withdrawal from the semester, SVA does not charge any department or course fees. However, payment plan fees, late fees and any other administrative fees are not prorated. Only tuition and housing costs are prorated. Prorated housing costs are based on the check out date, not the official date of withdrawal. 

Effective as of Fall 2016

The new prorated percentages of liability (tuition and fees owed) are based on the official date of withdrawal, as follows:

Undergraduate and Graduate Programs

  • 0% liability if withdrawal occurs through the first week of the semester
  • 25% liability if withdrawal occurs during the second week of the semester
  • 50 % liability if withdrawal occurs during the third week of the semester
  • 75% liability if withdrawal occurs during the fourth week of the semester
  • 100% liability if withdrawal occurs after the fourth week

No refund will occur for withdrawal after the fourth week of the semester.

Title IV recipients should note that the amount of the student refund will be calculated only after the aid proceeds are appropriately returned to each program. Please contact the Office of Financial Aid for more information on Title IV refunds.

Tuition Insurance

Because your college education is an investment worth protecting, we have partnered with GradGuard to offer tuition insurance to our students and families as financial safeguard.


The Tuition Protection Insurance Plan helps students and their families overcome the financial losses that may result from events which force students to withdraw from the semester due to a covered medical reason. Helping families get the most out of their SVA experience is always our top priority.


This coverage expands the scope of our existing refund policy by ensuring reimbursement for tuition, housing and other payments if a student withdraws for any covered medical reason at any time during the semester.


The deadline to enroll is the day before classes begin each semester.


Learn more about selecting this optional tuition insurance from GradGuard by calling 1.866.724.4384 or visiting www.gradguard.com/tuition/sva.