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Withdrawal & Refund Policies for Purchase Programs

Purchase’s withdrawal and refund policies are meant to be fair to students and families but also to also protect the Office for Global Education from being left responsible for unrecoverable funds.

Once accepted to a Purchase program, students receive an Agreement and Acceptance of Risk form (AAR) which details the conditions all participants must adhere to while on a SUNY study abroad program as well as important insurance, financial obligation, and program policy information. In order to signal their commitment to participating in the program, accepted students review, sign, and submit the AAR from to the Office of International Programs.

If a student withdraws from a program after its starting date, the student should not expect to receive a refund of tuition, program fees or other charges. With written notification, in some instances, health insurance will be refunded. Students may also be obligated to repay any financial aid awards that were received in support of participation in the program.

Withdrawal from a Purchase faculty-led program after submitting the AAR form and after the program commitment deadline (as outlined in the program acceptance email) will also result in a $200 Program Cancellation Charge in addition to any costs that cannot be recovered by Purchase or that Purchase may still be required to pay on the student’s behalf.

In the case of Purchase exchange programs, failure to pay all financial obligations to a partner of Purchase may result in those outstanding charges being added to the program charges at Purchase.

If for any reason OGE cancels a program, a full refund will be awarded or credited to another eligible program within the same term if so chosen by the student.