Conditions of Enrollment

Student visa conditions

  1. International students must to be enrolled full time. For students in the pathways program, a minimum of 18 instructional hours per week is required. Once matriculated into the degree program, at least 12 credits for undergraduate students and at least nine credits for graduate students must be undertaken each semester.

  2. Student visas are usually issued for the period of the program. Students wishing to extend their study permit should first consult UMass Dartmouth GSP staff for assistance.

Other conditions

  1. The student is expected to attend all classes, undertake all tests and examinations during a program, and abide by all rules and regulations of UMass that are in force at any time.

  2. The contract between the applicant and UMass Dartmouth is governed by the laws of the United States and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

  3. UMass Dartmouth GSP may, by written notice, vary the conditions of enrollment as may be necessary to comply with any law, regulation or amendment thereof, of the United States and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

  4. In the event of circumstances requiring urgent medical care and where it is not possible to contact the parent/guardian, UMass Dartmouth GSP is authorized as a matter of urgency to seek and provide appropriate medical care. Students are responsible for any additional costs.


Student can defer his or her program start date a maximum of two times. Subsequent requests for deferral will result in the student needing to re-apply. Deferral requests must be made in writing. If a student wishes to defer his or her admission until a later semester, UMass Dartmouth GSP will hold the fees paid until commencement without levying a penalty. If the student subsequently withdraws, the Fee Refund Policy will apply as of the date UMass Dartmouth GSP was advised in writing of the withdrawal. UMass Dartmouth reserves the right to apply the Fee Refund Policy to the date of the initial deferral. UMass Dartmouth GSP reserves a right to not approve deferral requests.

Refund Policy

  1. For the purposes of this Refund Schedule Policy, term fees are defined as one full-time term of study in any program at UMass Dartmouth GSP

  2. All currency in this refund policy is in United States dollars (USD).

  3. If an applicant accepts a place offered atUMass Dartmouth GSP and pays the deposit and/or fees, a binding contract is created between UMass Dartmouth GSP and the student.

  4. Notification of cancellation or withdrawal from a course(s) or withdrawal or deferral from a program of study must be made in writing to UMass Dartmouth GSP, 285 Old Westport Rd, Dartmouth MA 02747, USA or by email to, only from the student's email address.

  5. Students who dispute UMass Dartmouth GSP's decision regarding a refund have recourse with the Executive Director of UMass Dartmouth GSP.

  6. In the case of cancellation or withdrawal, the cancellation fee (administration charge, if relevant) will be calculated as shown in the table below.

  7. In case of a deferral, the fees will be retained by UMass Dartmouth GSP until commencement of studies; in case of a leave of absence, the fees will be retained by UMass Dartmouth GSP until recommencement of studies. If the student subsequently withdraws, the Refund Policy will apply as of the date UMass Dartmouth GSP was advised in writing of their withdrawal. UMass Dartmouth GSP reserves the right to apply the Refund Policy to the date of the initial deferral or leave of absence.

  8. SEVIS fees paid to the US Department of Homeland Security by the student are not reimbursed by UMass Dartmouth GSP.

  9. Students whose admission offer is withdrawn for submission of a false/misleading application or whose enrollment is terminated by UMass Dartmouth GSP will not be entitled to any refund of fees. Any fee refund is wholly at the discretion of UMass Dartmouth GSP.

  10. Refunds for students who must withdraw for medical reasons will be based upon the table below.

  11. UMass Dartmouth GSP reserves the right to withdraw a program or course(s) from offer at its discretion. If a student is unable to enroll in a similar program or course(s) at UMass Dartmouth GSP and the enrollment is cancelled, all fees will be refunded with the exception of the non-refundable fees.

  12. Where an I20 and/or F1 Visa or any other immigration document is rejected due to a breach in student study conditions, a student must withdraw from UMass Dartmouth GSP and the cancellation fee will be calculated as shown in the table below. Students withdrawing from a course must first consult with a UMass Dartmouth GSP Advisor to ensure they maintain the minimum courseload to satisfy their student visa requirements.

  13. All refunds under this Refund Policy will be paid within four (4) weeks of receiving a written claim from the student.

  14. Refunds are to be paid to the person who enters into the contract with UMass Dartmouth GSP and to the original account from which the fees were paid.

Event Cancellation Fee
Student visa refusal (Proof of refusal necessary, for example, letter of visa refusal; rejection from the US embassy) US$250 administration fee
Withdrawal from program (in any semester): Cancellation Fee
Written notice given prior to first day of Orientation The higher of $3500 or 20% of the balance of tuition on account (+ US$250 administration fee)
Written notice given on or after the first day of Orientation 100% of semester tuition*


A student who registers for classes and commences studies, but then withdraws for any reason during the academic term will be granted a housing refund according to the conditions described in the UMass Dartmouth Residence Hall Contract and Terms of Agreement (the "Housing Contract").

A student who remits, in advance, a payment for housing, but then does not subsequently sign a Housing Contract or register for classes or check into his or her housing assignment will be given a refund of housing fees (excluding the non-refundable Housing deposit).

A student who withdraws for any reason shall be entitled to a partial refund of his or her plan fee, pro rated as of the last day as a student on campus.