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Refund Policy

The application fee is nonrefundable. Refunds are made for a student who withdraws or is withdrawn from Briarcliffe College prior to the completion of his/her program and is based on the tuition billed for the term in which the student withdraws, according to the schedule set forth below.

Refunds will be based on the total charge incurred by the student at the time of withdrawal, not the amount the student has actually paid. Tuition and fees attributable to any term beyond the term of withdrawal will be refunded in full. Any books or equipment that have been purchased are nonrefundable.

When a student withdraws from Briarcliffe College, Briarcliffe requests that he/she complete a student withdrawal form with the Office of Student Affairs. The date from which refunds will be determined is the last date of recorded attendance. Refunds will be made within 30 calendar days of the notification of an official withdrawal or date of determination of withdrawal by Briarcliffe College.

If a student withdraws or is withdrawn prior to the end of the term, he or she is subject to the Return of Title IV funds policy noted below which may increase his or her balance due to Briarcliffe College. If there is a balance due Briarcliffe after all Title IV funds have been returned, this balance will be due immediately, unless a cash payment agreement for this balance has been approved by Briarcliffe. Credit balances due to the student of less than $5.00 (after all refunds have been made) will not be refunded to the student/lender unless requested by the student.

Refund Schedule:

If a student withdraws or is dismissed after instruction has begun, Briarcliffe College will refund:

Semester Session 1&2
1st week or any part 100% 100%
2nd week or any part 60% 30%
3rd week or any part 40% NONE
4th week or any part 20% NONE
5th week or any part NONE NONE

To qualify as full-time, evening and summer students must register for two sessions totaling at least 12 credits at the onset of the semester. Session students will be eligible for a refund as indicated in the above table for refund purposes. If a full-time session student is withdrawing from all classes totally during the first session, the student will be considered a “session I” student for refund purposes. The student will be withdrawn from all second session classes and must wait until the following semester to re-register during the designated registration period.

Return of Title IV Funds

A recipient of federal Title IV financial aid who withdraws or is dismissed from school during a payment period or period of enrollment in which the student began attendance will have the amount of Title IV funds they did not earn calculated according to federal regulations. This calculation will be based on the student’s last date of attendance and the date the school determines that the student has withdrawn from school (see withdrawal policy), or the date of dismissal for a student who is dismissed by the institution.

Schools are required to determine Title IV funds that must be refunded based upon the percentage of the payment period completed prior to withdrawing. Title IV funds must be returned to the program based upon a tuition refund or if the student received an overpayment based upon costs not incurred but for which Title IV was received.

Once the amount of Title IV financial aid that was not earned has been calculated, federal regulations require that the school return Title IV funds disbursed for the payment period or period of enrollment and used for institutional costs in the following order:

  1. Stafford Loans
    1. Unsubsidized FFELP Stafford loans
    2. Subsidized FFELP Stafford loans
    3. Federal Direct PLUS loans received on behalf of the student.
  2. Federal Pell Grants
  3. ACG
  4. National SMART
  5. Federal SEOG
  6. Other grant or loan assistance authorized by Title IV of the HEA

If the amount of unearned Title IV financial aid disbursed exceeds the amount that is returned by the school, then the student (or parent, if a Federal PLUS Loan) must return or repay, as appropriate, the remaining grant and loan funds. The student (or parent, if a Federal PLUS Loan) will be notified of the amount that must be returned or repaid, as appropriate.

Withdrawal Date

The withdrawal date used to determine when the student is no longer enrolled at Briarcliffe College is the date indicated in written communication by the student to the Registrar’s office. If a student does not submit written notification, the school will determine the student’s withdrawal date based upon federal regulations and institutional records.

For Federal student loan reporting purposes, the student’s last date of attendance will be reported as the effective date of withdrawal for both official withdrawals and those who do not complete the official withdrawal process.

Please note that the above policy may result in a reduction in school charges that is less than the amount of Title IV financial aid that must be returned. Therefore, the student may have an outstanding balance due the school that is greater than that which was owed prior to withdrawal.

At Briarcliffe College, help is never far away, so please feel free to contact us at any time to learn more about our school and programs or to apply for admission.

Financial aid is available for those who qualify.
Please note that not all programs are available at all location.

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