The University Grants Commission (UGC), which regulates higher education in India, issued a directive to the universities on Tuesday, 2nd August 2022. According to this directive, if a student migrates to another university or withdraws their application, due to any reason whatsoever, on or before October 31st, then the university should refund the full amount of the fees. Moreover, the last date to refund the fees is December 21st and the universities may charge upto 1000 rupees as their cancellation fee. According to UGC’s policy for refund, the admission fee becomes non-refundable after one month of commencement of courses. Academic sessions in almost all the universities begin from mid-August or September. Therefore, the UGC policy is now extended to October 31st for this academic session.
The UGC notification read: “Several entrance examinations including CUET, JEE Main, JEE Advance, etc., have been delayed, due to which admissions may continue up to October, 2022. In view above, and in order to avoid financial hardships being faced by parents, it has been decided by UGC that full refund of fees should be made by the higher educational institutions on account of all cancellations of admissions/migrations of students up to October 31, 2022 for the academic session 2022- 2023 as a special case…Thereafter, on cancellation/ withdrawal of admissions up to December 31, 2022, the entire fee collected from a student should be refunded in full after deducting not more than Rs.1000/- as processing fee.