Refund Policy

We believe you will be completely satisfied with your course. However, if for any reason you discontinue your studies during the enrollment period, Catholic Distance University has established the following cancellation and refund policy. To request a refund, please contact the Bursar at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 304-724-5000 ext. 708. Refunds will be processed within 30 days of request.

Enrollment Termination: A student may terminate an enrollment at any time during the enrollment period by notifying CDU, preferably in writing.

Cooling-off period: If CDU is notified of cancellation within five (5) calendar days, (a minimum of three (3) business days), after midnight of the day on which the enrollment agreement is accepted, an applicant requesting cancellation in whatever manner within this time will be given a refund of all money paid to CDU. Please note: the Application Fee is non-refundable.

Definition of refundable tuition: The refundable tuition is the total course cost including tuition and associated course fees (technology, proctor and shipping).

Non-Refundable Fees: The following fees are non-refundable after the cooling-off period.  

  • Payment Plan Fees
  • All non-course related fees

N.B. Virginia student refunds are calculated in compliance with the Code of Virginia 23.1-215 B.

If a student is registered for a course for more than 6 months, there is no tuition refund.

Once the course begins, the following schedules will be used to calculate refunds:

I. Online for credit, Practicum, or any fixed-length academic degree course of 16 weeks or less:

Length of Course Portion of the refundable Tuition returned to the student
1-6 weeks 1st week=70%
2nd week=40%
3rd week=20%
4th week=0%
7-10 weeks 1st week=80%
2nd week=60%
3rd week=40%
4th week=20%
5th week=0%
11-16 weeks 1st week=80%
2nd week=70%
3rd week=60%
4th week=50%
5th week=40%
6th week=30%
7th week=20%
8th week=10%
9th week=0%

 ** Note:  Week 1 starts on the first day of class and continues 7 days.  If classes start on Monday, week 1 starts  Monday and ends the following Sunday.  Week 2 starts the next Monday.

Sample Refund Calculation:
Student registered for a 3 credit undergraduate course in a 12 week term with a final exam and drops the course in week 3 of the term.  The refund calculation is as follows:

Course Charges:

Tuition (3 credits undergraduate) $915.00
Technology Fee (3 credits) $90.00
Proctor Fee $25.00
Total Course Cost $1030.00


Per the table above, dropping during week 3, for a 12 week course the student is entitled to a 60% refund after registration fee.

Refundable Tuition ($1030) $1030.00
Tuition refunded to student (60% of $1030) $618.00

 

II. Paper courses, and courses longer than 16 weeks:

When a student cancels after completing at least one graded assignment but less than 50% of the graded assignments, the institution may retain a one-time registration fee plus a percentage of all costs paid by the student in accordance with the following schedule:

Percentage completed by the student

Percentage of the refundable Tuition returned to the student

Up to 10%

90%

>10% - 25%

75%

>25% - 50%

50%

>50% - 100%

0%


Sample Refund Calculation:
Student registered for a 3 credit undergraduate paper course. The student drops the course after completing 3 of the 12 lessons  The refund calculation is as follows:

Course Charges:

Tuition (3 credits undergraduate)
$915.00
Technology Fee (3 credits) $90.00
Total Course Cost $1005.00


Per the table above, dropping after completing 3 of 12 assignments, the course is 25% complete and the student is entitled to a 75% refund after registration fee.

Refundable Tuition ($1005) $1005.00
Tuition refunded to student (75% of $1005) $753.75

CDU Satisfaction and Refund Policy for Non-Credit Courses

CDU will issue a full refund, minus the cost of any completed coursework, to any students who cancel their continuing education registrations within 72 hours of receiving access to their program, course, or seminar. After that point, CDU will not issue refunds.  Students receive automatic access to independent study courses at the time of registration and payment.  Students receive access to seminars on the first day of the seminar. To obtain a refund for a dropped course, the student must email the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. within three days of receiving access to the course. Refunds will be processed within 30 days of request.