Withdraw from study and refunds
If you do need to withdrawal from study, here's what you need to know.
Students who withdraw from study or drop individual classes after the withdrawal date for any semester will receive a withdrawn (WDN) or Did Not Sit (DNS) grade, depending on the date of the withdrawal.
Last dates to withdraw and receive a refund*
Semesters One & Two, and Full Summer School: Three weeks after the Semester start date
January & November Summer Schools: One week after the Semester start date
English Language: Five days after module start date
Full year research: Anytime during the year; students are charged for all months up to and including the month of withdrawal.
If you are leaving for a semester, or discontinuing your study for at least 12 months, you are required to formally notify the University to enable your record to be updated correctly.
The withdrawal form is available from Student Administration, located on the ground floor of the George Forbes Memorial Building, or email email@example.com.
To apply for a refund of tuition fees please fill in a refund form (available from Student Administration or Student Finance).
Refunds are processed on Tuesdays and payments are made on Fridays - direct credit payments may take 2-3 working days to appear in your bank account.
International students should refer to the International Student Tuition Refund Policy for detailed information or contact the International Student Advisor for assistance.
For further information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for withdrawals and email@example.com for refunds.
* Exact Dates can be found on the Key Dates page of this website or the Lincoln University Calendar.
International student tuition refund policy
A refund fee of NZ$1000, including GST, will be charged to all international students who request a tuition fee refund as a result of a semester cancellation or withdrawal, or transferal to another educational institution, no later than 21 days after the first day of a full semester or five days after the start of English Language Programmes or Summer School.
This refund fee will also be charged to students who request a refund but have not enrolled or registered.
Students who are currently registered and entitled to a refund that is due solely to an overpayment, which is to be refunded to a New Zealand bank account, will not be charged a refund fee.
All refunds deposited into an overseas bank account will be charged an additional administration fee of $50, including GST.
Note: Students who do not cancel or withdraw from an entire semester's enrolment will be entitled to a full refund of fees for that individual course which is dropped.
Please see the full international student tuition fee refund policy below.
International student tuition refund policy
To be eligible for a refund of tuition fees, a student must first withdraw within the period specified in the Lincoln University Calendar.
Lincoln University must receive a completed Withdrawal Form signed by the student before any refund can be claimed. Official withdrawal is recorded as the date that Lincoln University receives a completed withdrawal form.
Refunds will be made only to the overseas bank account which is nominated by the student, or to another registered New Zealand educational institution.
If the student is studying at another institution in New Zealand, which meets the Foreign Student Policy requirements of Immigration New Zealand, the refund will then be transferred to this institution on presentation of a copy of an admission letter that includes the institution’s bank account details.
The refund of any placement fees paid by a student to a recruitment agent will have to be claimed directly from the agent. Lincoln University is not liable to compensate a student for commission or fees paid to a recruitment agent.
Any commission paid by Lincoln University relating to the student will be deducted from any refund payable.
International students who become New Zealand citizens or permanent residents after the last day to enrol in a semester (as stated in the Calendar) will be required to pay the full fee which is applicable to their residency status at that time. If the student subsequently furnishes official documentation that his/her residency status has changed, the level of fees payable will be adjusted for subsequent semesters of study.
Students who withdraw from study after the last date to withdraw with a refund will not qualify for a refund of any fees paid.
Responsibility for authorising refunds for any student enrolled at Lincoln University is delegated by the Vice-Chancellor to the Director of Student Administration. Appeals related to fee refunds should be sent in writing to the Director Student Administration.
A refund fee will be charged to all international students who request a tuition fee refund as a result of a semester cancellation or withdrawal, transferal to another educational institution, no later than 21 days after the first day of a full semester or 5 days after the start of English Language programmes or summer schools. This refund fee will also be charged to students who request a refund but have not enrolled or registered.
Students who are currently registered and entitled to a refund that is due solely to a field trip waiver or an overpayment, which is to be refunded by cheque or to a New Zealand bank account, will not be charged a refund fee.
All refunds being deposited into an overseas bank account will be charged an additional administration fee.
As International students are required to enrol in full-time courses of study to meet the requirements of their student visa, any decision to withdraw from a course must first be discussed with Student Administration staff.