Financial Policies

Financial Aid Counseling

Students may make an appointment for financial aid counseling with Assistant Director Tom Stuart in the Financial Aid Office in Morgan Hall. Mr. Stuart may be contacted at or by calling (785) 670-1151.

Financial Aid Disbursement/Refund Dates

Law student loans and scholarships are released to incoming and returning students according to the following schedule. The funds must flow through the student accounts, and all tuition and fees must be paid first, before any refunds will be processed.

Summer 2015

Contact Mr. Tom Stuart in Financial Aid with questions.

  • Incoming Students: Dates to be determined.
  • Returning Students: Dates to be determined.

Refunds will be generated daily after the initial date, up to the payment deadline each term. After the payment deadline, refunds will be available on Tuesdays and Thursdays. For more information see Financial Aid Refunds at the Washburn University Business Office website.

Students are encouraged to set up direct deposit.

Direct Deposit

In order to receive excess financial aid via direct deposit, students MUST enter their bank information themselves EVEN IF THEY HAVE RECEIVED REFUNDS VIA DIRECT DEPOSIT BEFORE.

Go to:

  • Choose "Students" tab
  • Choose "WU-View"
  • Choose "Refunds" (or "MyProfiles") tab
  • Enter your bank information and check the "REFUNDS OPTION" box.

This may be done any time throughout the semester.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees are established by the Washburn Board of Regents and are subject to change at any time by the Washburn Board of Regents. All payments are made at the Business Office of the University. Students must clear the Business Office by making full payment of tuition and fees or making acceptable arrangements for deferred payments no later than Friday of the first full week of classes. Current tuition information is available at the Tuition and Costs area of this website. Note: tuition and fees for the coming academic year are normally established in the June or July preceding the start of classes in August.

Notes About Online Payments

  • You can pay online at no cost with a webcheck.
  • Please note that online credit card payments made through WU-View will be charged a convenience fee to cover processing costs.
  • Debit cards are not accepted for online payments.
  • See Washburn University Credit Card Policy.

Deferred Payments

Although all tuition and fee charges for any term are due in full at the time of registration, students who cannot pay in full on the day of registration may make special arrangements with the assistant controller to defer part of their charges. MasterCard, VISA or Discover credit cards may be used to pay for tuition. Any scholarship, grant or loan must first be applied to tuition and fees. A late payment fee of $10 will be added for each deferred payment made after the arranged due date. A postmark on or before the due date will be accepted as timely payment. Deferred payments may also be made between 5 p.m. and 8 a.m. at the Business Office Depository located outside Morgan 205.

Late Registration Fee

A $100 fee will be assessed by the University if students enrolled in 9.5 or more hours have not paid tuition or made arrangements for deferred payments by Friday of the first full week of classes.

Students will not be allowed to remain in school for any semester in which they have not paid tuition or made arrangements for deferred payments by Friday of the third full week of classes.

To avoid difficulty with late enrollment and payment of fees, applicants and students must apply for financial aid and loans in a timely manner. Applying for loans in July or August will not be considered timely by the Financial Aid Office. It is recommended that applicants make copies of all financial aid correspondence, especially loan approval notices.

Failure to Pay Fees and Other Financial Obligations

Failure to pay tuition, fees, dormitory payments, parking fines, library fines and emergency loans when due will result in a hold on future enrollment at Washburn and non-release of grade reports, transcripts, diplomas and bar examination certification. Only payment by cash, cashier's check, money order, MasterCard, Visa or Discover will be accepted for debts not paid within the semester when the charge was incurred.


The date used to determine the percentage of refund is the day an online withdrawal is transacted or when the withdrawal slip is processed in the Dean's Office. The activity fee and any late registration fees are not refundable.

Spring 2015 Refund Schedule

Child Advocacy Training and
Jury Selection and Voir Dire (both intersession)

  • 100% refund: up until January 6
  • 0% refund: January 7 thereafter

Mineral Title Examination (intersession)

  • 100% refund: up until January 7
  • 0% refund: January 9 thereafter

Clinic Internship/Litigation and Transactional

  • 100% refund: up until January 20
  • 0% refund: January 21 thereafter

Constitutional Law I (J)

  • 100% refund: up until January 23
  • 40% refund: January 24 to January 30
  • 20% refund: January 31 to February 6
  • 0% refund: February 7 thereafter

Juvenile Offender

  • 100% refund: up until January 30
  • 50% refund: January 31 to February 6
  • 0% refund: February 7 thereafter

All Law Classes

  • 100% refund: up until January 30
  • 40% refund: January 31 to February 6
  • 20% refund: February 7 to February 14
  • 0% refund: February 15 thereafter

Summer 2015 Refund Schedule

Trial Advoacy (ITAP) (May 17 to May 23)

  • 100% refund: up until May 17
  • 0% refund: May 18 thereafter

Landlord Tenant Law (May 19 to May 22)

  • 100% refund: up until May 19
  • 0% refund: May 20 thereafter

1st 6-week summer session (May 26 to July 2)

  • 100% refund: up until May 29
  • 50% refund: May 30
  • 0% refund: May 31 thereafter

Cross Examination Techniques (June 6 to June 14)

  • 100% refund: up until June 6
  • 0% refund: June 7 thereafter

Barbados: Comparative Constitutional Law (May 26 to June 11)

  • 100% refund: up until May 27
  • 0% refund: May 28 thereafter

Barbados: Comparative Legal Systems: A.D.R. (June 15 to July 2)

  • 100% refund: up until June 16
  • 0% refund: June 17 thereafter

2nd 6-week summer session (July 6 to August 13)

  • 100% refund: up until July 9
  • 50% refund: July 10
  • 0% refund: July 11 thereafter

Taking and Defending Depositions (July 11 to July 19)

  • 100% refund: up until July 11
  • 0% refund: July 12 thereafter

12-week summer session (May 26 to Aug 13)

  • 100% refund: up until June 5
  • 40% refund: June 6 to June 12
  • 20% refund: June 13 to June 19
  • 0% refund: June 20 thereafter

Tuition refunds are processed according to the schedule available at the University Business Office. Tuition refunds different from that schedule are not permitted unless the course is cancelled by the University or unless an error was made by the University. No refunds will be made on late registration fees or student activity fees unless such charges have been made through an error of the University.

A student must file notice of withdrawal from any class, accompanied by written approval of the professor, with the registrar immediately upon dropping any course. The date of withdrawal is determined by the time the withdrawal form is received in the Registrar's Office. The responsibility for initiating and clearing withdrawal notices with each appropriate University office rests with the student.

If the student has an unpaid account with the University, any refund due from withdrawal may be applied on such account. If the tuition is paid on the deferred payment plan, the refund will apply to the first installment payment.

If a student is unable to complete a term in which he or she is duly enrolled, due to serious injury or illness, and the student presents an affidavit signed by a licensed health care provider stating the same, the student will be refunded the tuition and fees for that semester. To qualify, the student must have personally and fully paid the tuition and fees, have no other unpaid University financial obligations and request the refund in person or through a personal representative. The affidavit form may be obtained in the University Registrar's Office.

A refund will not be made to a student in the event the tuition and fees were paid by other persons or sources, i.e., scholarship funds, grants, Title IV funds or others.

All law school refunds are made in accordance with Washburn University policies. For additional information, contact the Business Office, (785) 670-1156.

Emergency Student Loans

Short-term emergency loans up to a maximum amount of $750 are available*, interest-free, to students who meet the following conditions:

  1. Able to repay the loan from personal funds within ninety days;
  2. Have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0;
  3. Currently taking classes, and not in final semester of classes;
  4. Have paid back any previous emergency loan, whether due or not;
  5. Have not defaulted on a previous emergency loan;
  6. Do not have a hold on their transcript; and
  7. Are judged a good credit risk by the Associate Dean for Student Affairs.
* Loans will be available to students who meet these criteria unless the limited fund becomes depleted. Any student who defaults on a loan reduces the availability of funds for other students.

Loans not fully repaid within 90 days will result in a $25 late fee and a hold being placed on the student account. Payments returned for insufficient funds are subject to a $30 service charge, in addition to the late fee and hold on the student account. Any amount not repaid within 120 days will be turned over to a collection agency.

Students must deliver their loan application in person to the Business Office and show a photo ID, preferably their Washburn Student ID. Generally, loan applications received by 2:00 p.m. will be available by 10:00 a.m. the next day.

For more information or to apply for a loan, please contact Associate Dean Jalen Lowry at