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Fee Appeal Information

Student appeals for late registration, late payment of tuition and fees, and refunds of tuition upon withdrawal after the refund deadline are referred to the University Fee Appeals Committee. In order to be considered, requests for refunds and other appeal actions must be submitted within six months after the end of the semester to which the refund or appeal action is applicable. Requests submitted after the deadline will not be considered.


Appeals are reviewed for the existence of extenuating circumstances that may have prevented the student from meeting his/her obligations in a timely fashion. The following circumstances may warrant approval of the appeal; however, success of the appeal rests on the facts in each individual case:

  • Call to or enlisted in active duty military service within the semester
  • Death of the student or death in the immediate family (parent, spouse, child, sibling)
  • Complete withdrawal of the student from all courses due to illness of the student that is confirmed in writing by a physician, stating that completion of the term is precluded
  • Administrative/University error


Circumstances generally not sufficient to support an appeal include but are not limited to:

  • Not being aware of registration and/or tuition due dates
  • Insufficient financial aid or financial hardship
  • Lack of familiarity with UWF system or procedures
  • Withdrawal from course(s) to avoid failure or low grade
  • Withdrawal from course(s) due to dissatisfaction with an instructor
  • Withdrawal due to conflicts with school/work/life balance
  • Administrative withdrawal or withdrawal due to misconduct


The submission of a fee appeal does not guarantee approval. In addition, the submission of an appeal does not extend the due date for outstanding tuition and fees or other charges while awaiting a decision by the Fee Appeals Committee. Charges not paid by the due date will be assessed the late payment fee.

Note: Withdrawal appeals (academic or medical) that are submitted to the Office of the Registrar or Dean of Students Office late in the semester or withdrawals approved retroactively for a previous semester will generally not be considered for a refund of tuition.

If the appeal is denied, the decision of the Fee Appeals Committee may be appealed first to the University Controller, then to the Vice President for Finance and Administration, as the designee of the President, who has final authority within the University. In order for an appeal to be escalated, the next step is to respond to the original denial email. Include additional information and/or documentation that may cause the Committee's denial to be overturned.

Any additional appeals must be submitted within two weeks of the appeal decision. After two weeks, the appeal is closed with no further consideration.