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Though student medical withdrawals are infrequent, they appear to be a growing concern for institutions and the families they serve. A 2015 survey of college officials estimated that 41% of campuses report having more than 1% of students complete a medical withdrawal a year and 59% indicating less than 1%.
Clearly student withdrawals are a costly event for everyone. Institutions depend on the funds that students pay in tuition and fees. Students and their families may suffer from both a medical event but should not be surprized by learning after the fact that the instituion may not provide a refund.
The American College Health Association publishes data that demonstrates the trends and frequency of medical events that may disrupt a students education. In the most recent report the 2014 annual survey revealed:
If your campus does not provide 100% refunds for medical withdrawals these medical events and the potential medical withdrawal that results can be devastating for a family. In fact, a 2014 national survey of 800 college parents revealed that only 26% would be able to afford the financial loss / additional semester and 51.2% of students said it would be difficult or not possible to absorb the loss.
As students return to campus for the start of college, we like to remind our college and university partners to recommit to disclosing their refund policies to each student. GradGuard recommends that your institution provide notice to each student of your refund policy and also provide the opportunity for students to protect themselves from the financial loss that may result from an unexpected medical withdrawal.
Please contact us today if we can be of service to you and your students.