Tuition and Fee Refunds

Section: III.  STSV - 215
Approved By: Mary Chikwinya, 6/14/17
Last Review: December 2016
Last Revision: June 2011
Prior Revisions: May 1995, Jan. 28, 2004
Initial Adoption: Unknown


A student is eligible for a refund of tuition and fees of up to one hundred percent but no less than eighty percent if the student withdraws from a course or program prior to the sixth instructional day of the regular quarter for which the fees have been paid or are due.  If the student withdraws on or after the sixth day a refund of up to fifty percent but no less than forty percent may be refunded provided the withdrawal occurs within the first twenty calendar days following the beginning of instruction.


Defines how refunds will be made in compliance with state statute and federal regulations.

To Whom Does This Policy Apply

All individuals registered for classes at Tacoma Community College.


Previous Board Policy Manual Section 4.1040 Tuition and Fees

Previous Board Policy Manual Section 4.1041 Tuition and Fee Refund

Previous Board Policy Manual Section 4.1042 Community Services Tuition and Fee Refunds

RCW 28.15.270 Rights of Washington National Guard and other military reserve students called to service

RCW 28B.15.605 Refunds or cancellation of fees – Community and Technical Colleges Federal Student Assistance Act (Title IV)




Refunds – Credit Courses

Regulations and procedures for the refund of tuition and fees to students shall be consistent with State statute.  Students receiving financial aid are eligible for tuition refunds as directed by the Federal Student Assistance Act (Title IV) and RCW 28B.15.605 and permissible by State law.  Refunds will be made in accordance with the schedule below.

A student must complete the official withdrawal procedure to receive a refund.  A student dismissed from the College for disciplinary reasons is not eligible for a refund.  Instructional days are defined as days school is in session, not including weekends and scheduled holidays.  Refunds will be made according to the following schedule:

  1. If the withdrawal results from classes being cancelled by the College. 100%
  2. If the withdrawal occurs prior to or during the first five (5) instructional daysof the quarter .................................................................... 100%
  3. If the withdrawal occurs from the sixth (6th) through the twentieth (20th)calendar day of the quarter........................................................ 40%
  4. If the withdrawal occurs after the twentieth (20th) calendar day of the quarter ............................................................ 0%

Short courses and summer quarter coursework have pro-rated refund periods.

Medical/Military Withdrawal Refunds

The State of Washington permits exception to the above policy for a student unable to complete a quarter due to serious illness or medical emergency or call to active military service directed by RCW 28B.10.270.  Requests submitted after the 55th day of the quarter has ended will be considered for withdrawal, but no refund will be issued.  Petitions are made to the Registrar.

Refunds – Non-credit Courses

Enrollment in high technology and certification programs requires instructor permission.  Tuition and fees are due in full at the time of registration and include a $200 non-refundable deposit.  No refunds will be issued for high technology or certification classes without written notice of intent to withdraw at least two weeks prior to the first day of the class.  All other non-credit courses are subject to 100% refund if the student withdraws prior to the first day of class.

TCC reserves the right to change or reschedule classes as needed.  All classes are payable in advance.  There is an automatic 100% refund for classes that are cancelled by the College.  After the first class sessions, refunds will be granted only in the case of serious student illness or other special circumstance.