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n. What is the tuition refund policy?

Students have the right to cancel the enrollment agreement and obtain a refund of charges through attendance at the first class session, or the seventh day after enrollment, whichever is later.

Unless a student officially withdraws from the college, the student will be charged for the full cost of the term. Any refunds or adjustments must be made using the official forms from the college which are available online. Failure to attend class does not constitute a valid reason for a refund. Federal Refund Distribution Policy may contain different criteria than the Institutional Refund Policy.

After withdrawal calculations (financial aid and institutional) are made to the student’s financial account, a statement will be provided to the student. Withdrawal from all classes or dropping below full time may generate a balance due the college. Any balance due on the student’s account after withdrawal calculations are complete is due and payable. If total payment is impossible, then an active and reasonable payment plan must be implemented immediately. Failure to honor this financial commitment will result in the account being place with a collection agency. Refer to the academic section for academic impacts of withdrawal from classes.

nstitutional withdrawal financial calculations are based on the date the authorized withdrawal form is received in the El Dorado Hills Business office. A faxed copy is acceptable. If the student has a refund, the Business Office will mail the refund within forty–five (45) days. It is the student’s responsibility to provide the El Dorado Hills Business Office with the proper address for mailing the refund. NOTE: All fees are refundable if withdrawal is made before the first day of class. If a student drops all classes before the end of the first week of class (the add/drop period), all tuition and fees will be refunded.

Refund Schedule

Term Week Percentage Refundable
Week 1 100%
After Week 1 0%

The above chart indicates that until the end of the add/drop period, 11:59 pm on Sunday at the end of the first week of class, all tuition and fees are fully refundable. After the end of the add/drop period all tuition and fees are non-refundable. SUM does not currently have dormitories but does arrange student housing. Those arrangements are dependent upon a separate rental agreement with a landlord and refunds for housing are therefore defined in the rental agreement signed by the student.

General Policy Considerations

When a student is admitted to the college they must complete an Enrollment Agreement with the college before beginning classes. The Cancellation form above applies to the cancellation of the Enrollment Agreement. After the student begins study at SUM they will register for classes prior to each term according to the deadlines reflected in the Academic Calendar.  A course may be added or dropped during the first week of class only. After this add/drop period the student can withdraw up to the withdrawal deadline published in the Academic Calendar but they will be responsible for 100% of the fees and tuition associated with that course.

Any refunds or adjustments must be made using the official forms from the School which are available at www.sum.edu/forms. Failure to attend class does not constitute a valid reason for a refund. Federal Refund Distribution Policy maycontain different criteria than the Institutional Refund Policy. After withdrawal calculations (financial aid and institutional) are made to the student’s financial account, a statement will be provided to the student. Withdrawal from all classesor dropping below full-time status may generate a balance due to the School. Any balance due on the student’s account after withdrawal calculations are complete will be immediately billed. If total payment is impossible, then anactive and reasonable payment plan must be implemented immediately. Failure to honor this financial commitment will result in the account being placed with a collection agency and may adversely impact the student’s credit rating.