Refunds and credits for Spring 2020

We have heard from many students requesting a refund for tuition and mandatory fees for spring 2020 semester. Faculty, staff and administration have poured enormous effort and resources into making sure that courses can be completed, credits earned, degrees received and challenges surpassed. The university continues to provide essential instructional and support services such as the library, technology, Campus Learning Center and more to provide students a quality learning experience in a remote environment. Tuition and mandatory fees ensure that all of this happens and can continue to happen this semester; therefore, no refunds will be issued for tuition or mandatory fees. VCU is providing refunds for student housing, dining, parking and the School of the Arts tuition differential.


Student parking will be refunded for the remaining months in the spring semester. Employee parking will be reimbursed based on permit type. This process will take place over the next several weeks, with priority given to student refunds. VCU Parking and Transportation will communicate directly with subscribers with details about parking refunds and how they will be applied. For additional information regarding parking permit refunds, view the FAQs at

Other refunds

Information regarding Housing, Dining or School of the Arts Differential Tuition refunds/credits will be visible on your student account in eServices on April 9. Student Accounting will begin issuing refunds for any credit balances (overpayments) to students with financial aid and scholarship funds beginning April 10. It is not necessary to contact them. All other students will receive an eStatement on April 13, which will reflect the Housing and Dining adjustments and additional instructions on how to request the refund. Questions concerning the refunds may be directed to will be issuing the following Spring 2020 refunds/credits to student accounts on April 9, 2020.


All eligible students who left the residence halls due to the COVID-19 response effective March 13, 2020, will automatically receive a credit/refund. This includes students who were unable to remove all of their belongings and must return at a later time to do so. 

  • Students with 9-month contracts will receive a $1,150 credit/refund.
  • Students with 12-month contracts will receive a $1,450 credit/refund.

Visit the Residential Life and Housing FAQs for more information.


  • For students not living in on-campus housing as of Monday, April 6, 2020: Students will be credited/refunded the calculated value of unused swipes and any unused dining dollars.
  • For students who have a dining plan, currently living in on-campus housing as of Monday, April 6, 2020: A credit will not be processed and dining plans cannot be canceled Dining plans may be used until 10:30 a.m. on May 9, 2020.

Visit the VCU Dining FAQs for more information.

School of the Arts differential tuition

  • Full-time students will be credited $350.
  • Part-time students will be credited $42 per credit hour.

Fall study abroad programs

The Global Education Office will provide students with refunds for any application fees paid to VCU, which may include the $150 GEO fee. These refunds will be issued to the original form of payment and will be available in the next 30 days (from May 6, 2020).

Frequently asked questions

Below are some of the most frequently asked questions regarding reimbursements. Additional questions and answers can be found on the following sites.

Tuition and mandatory fees

Parking refunds

Additional information and FAQs may be found on VCU Parking and Transportation's COVID-19 website


For more information about housing refunds, please visit the Residential Life and Housing FAQs or email


For more information or questions regarding your dining plan and unused credits, please visit the Dining website or email