All matriculated students are expected to be enrolled full-time and making normal progress toward the degree unless arrangements for an exception are made with the Dean of Students. Normal progress toward the degree is defined as earning at least 3 units/semester (2 for First Years in their first semester) and 6 units/year (5 for First Years in their first year). Failure to make normal progress may result in academic suspension and jeopardize financial aid.
Note: Students who enroll in three or more blocks during a semester are charged full tuition. There is no refund for taking a block off.
A student who must interrupt or reduce enrollment due to illness or other extenuating circumstances may seek approval from the Dean of Students for less than full-time status.
Special Students and Part-time Students
Tuition and fees are calculated differently for special students and pre-approved part-time students. For special or part-time students taking 2 or fewer blocks, semester tuition and fees for individual blocks are charged at the per-block rate of $8,166, roughly one-third of the semester rate. Adjunct courses (.25 unit of credit) cost $2,041.50/course. Extended format courses (.5 unit of credit) cost $4,083/course. Audited courses cost the full tuition charge.
Requests for a refund should be made to the Dean of Students. Students have the right to appeal a decision concerning a refund to the Student Account Review Committee. All appeals must be submitted in writing to the Dean of Students Office. The committee's decision is final.
A student who withdraws following up to 2 blocks of a semester, or receives an emergency leave of absence at any time during a semester, may qualify for a refund of tuition and fees based on the per-block rate. For example, after one block, 2/3rds of the full semester charge is refundable, after 2 blocks, 1/3rd is refundable. Meal charges for students on board are pro-rated through the week of departure minus the administrative fee which is not refundable. Room charges are not refundable.
Students who are suspended, placed on forced leave of absence, or simply take off a block are not entitled to a refund.
The college has the right to withhold the issuance of transcripts and suspend an enrolled student for financial indebtedness. Failure to meet financial obligations may also result in the account being sent to the college's collection agency. Collection costs are assessed to accounts sent to the collection agency and reasonable attorney fees may also be included which are owed by the debtor. The debtor agrees to reimburse the fees of any collection agency, which may be based on a percentage at a maximum (40%) of the debt, and all costs and expenses, including reasonable attorney's fees the college incurs in such collection efforts.