If you believe you may be eligible for a refund, read the descriptions below to determine which refund category may apply to your account. The refund category is one of the factors that determine the timing of a refund.

Financial Aid Refunds

Financial aid refunds are automatically processed by the Office of the Bursar. To be eligible for a financial aid refund, all of the following requirements must be met.

  • Total credits on the student account for a specific academic term must exceed total charges for the same term.
  • Financial aid must be applied to the account. Pending financial aid will not be refunded.
  • The credit balance must exceed the total of any personal payments on the student account. Otherwise, your credit balance will be handled as an overpayment (see Overpayment Refunds for information on overpayment credit balances).
  • Any personal payments on your account must clear the bank.  For personal check and online ACH payments, at least 10 business days must pass after the most recent personal payment before an account will be considered for a refund.

Overpayment Refunds to Current Students

Most overpayments are not automatically refunded and require a written request from the student before a refund will be processed. An overpayment credit balance results when the total personal payments on a student’s account exceed the credit balance, even if the student received some form of financial aid. To be eligible for an overpayment refund, all of the following requirements must be met.

  • Any personal payments on your account must clear the bank. For personal check and online ACH payments, at least 10 business days must pass after the most recent personal payment before an account will be considered for a refund.
  • The student must request a refund by emailing bursar@delval.edu from his or her DelVal email address.

Refund requests from parents and/or from private email addresses will not be accepted. If the student does not request a refund, the credit balance is automatically held toward future charges.

Federal Student Aid (Title IV) Refunds

Federal Student Aid refunds, also known as Title IV refunds, are a special category of refunds. Title IV refunds are automatically processed within 14 days of the application of the aid to the student’s account, unless the student gives written authorization to hold the credit balance toward additional coursework in the same loan period. To be eligible for a Title IV refund:

  • The total amount of aid for a specific term from federal Title IV programs exceeds total tuition, mandatory fees, and any room and board charges contracted by the University for the same term. Federal Title IV aid includes Direct Subsidized loans, Direct Unsubsidized loans, Parent PLUS loans, Grad PLUS loans, Perkins loans, Pell grants, SEOG grants, and TEACH grants.

This category applies most often to students in the graduate and Continuing and Professional Studies programs who borrow federal loans that exceed their charges for a given term. Full-time undergraduate students rarely meet the requirements for Title IV refunds.

For more information on Title IV refunds, see Refunds of Excess Federal Title IV Student Aid.

Refunds to Students Who Withdraw from the University

When a student withdraws from DelVal, the account will be automatically reviewed for refund eligibility. To be eligible for a refund, all of the following requirements must be met.

  • Any personal payments on your account must clear the bank.  For personal check and online ACH payments, at least 10 business days must pass after the most recent personal payment before an account will be considered for a refund.
  • The student must request a refund by emailing bursar@delval.edu from his or her DelVal email address.
  • Any personal payments on the account must clear the bank.  For personal check and online ACH payments, at least 10 business days must pass after the most recent personal payment before an account will be considered for a refund.
  • All tuition, fees, residence hall, and meal plan charges must be finalized in accordance with the University's tuition refund policies.
  • All financial aid awards must be adjusted in accordance with federal regulations and University policies.
  • After all required adjustments to charges and credits, the remaining credits must exceed the remaining charges on the account.