Military Tuition Assistance (TA) Refund Policy and Schedule


This policy applies only to students receiving Military Tuition Assistance (TA).  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 Department of Defense (DOD) policy, WPI will return any unearned TA funds on a prorated basis through at least 60% portion of the period for which the funds were provided. TA funds are earned proportionally during an enrollment period. Any unearned TA funds – based upon when a student stops attending - will be returned directly to the military service from which the funds were provided, not to the service member.

In instances when a service member stops attending due to a military service obligation, WPI will work with the affected service member to identify solutions that will not result in a student debt for the returned TA funds in compliance with the DOD policy. 


To comply with the Department of Defense’s policy, WPI will return any unearned TA funds up to 60% of the semester on a prorated basis. The amount of unearned TA funds returned is returned is based on the date of withdrawal.  After 60% of the semester has passed, TA will not be evaluated for a return to the DOD. 

Withdrawal Liability Chart:

Effective Withdrawal Date          Return of TA %                  TA % Earned

Before or during weeks 1-2                         100%                                      0%

Weeks 3-4                                                      75%                                    25%

Weeks 5-8                                                      50%                                    50%

Week 9                                                           40%                                   60%                       

Weeks 10-15                                                     0%                                 100%

For courses that have durations differing from the above: Unearned TA funds will be returned on a prorated basis, depending on the length of the student’s enrollment for the semester. To determine the amount of TA that needs to be returned, the institution will determine the date the withdrawal was submitted, and then divide that by the number of days in the semester to determine the percentage of TA that was earned by the student.