Withdrawals & Refunds

Withdrawal Refund Schedule

Both full-time and part-time students who find it necessary during a semester to withdraw completely from the University must notify the LL.M. Program Office in writing. Mere absence from classes does not reduce a student's financial obligation nor guarantee that a final grade will not be recorded.

  • Registration and other fees are non-refundable as of the first day of classes.
  • The application fee and deposits toward tuition and/or room and board are not refundable.

Any credit balance resulting from withdrawal, cash payment and/or other adjustment will be refunded upon request. Students may contact the School of Law Financial Aid Office for information on the refund process.

Click here to view the complete Withdrawal Tuition Refund Schedule for the current academic year.

Withdrawals and Leaves of Absence

In order to withdraw from the program, a student must submit signed written notification to the LL.M. Program Office. This notification should include:

  • Date
  • Name
  • BU I.D. number (or social security number)
  • Current mailing address
  • Brief reason or explanation for the request
  • Length of the leave (for leaves of absence)

Students may submit their request by mail or fax. E-mail submissions will not be accepted. Once classes are underway, any student who is considering a leave of absence and is receiving financial aid should consult with the Law Financial Aid Office before they submit their request. The Financial Aid Office will advise students of their financial obligations. Students are reminded of the following conditions excerpted from the Student Handbook:

  1. No student may withdraw in good standing until all obligations to the University have been paid. Tuition refunds may be sought in accordance with University regulations.
  2. Leaves of absence are normally granted for one or two semesters only.
  3. A student returning from a leave of absence must notify the Graduate Tax Program office of their return by the date specified in the letter approving the leave. A student failing to give such notice may not return for that semester without the approval of the Director or his designate.
  4. Students who have withdrawn without leave to return, or who seek to return at a date beyond their approved leave, must petition the Director for readmission. The policy of the Graduate Tax Program with respect to readmission in these cases is to consider each request on its merits, and to accept such petitions only when the student has shown the ability and intent to successfully complete the program and receive the degree in a timely fashion.