Student Refunds/Tuition Adjustments

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SOWELA provides a full refund of all tuition and fees to students who resign from all classes or alter scheduled hours prior to the first day of the semester. Students who resign from all classes or alter scheduled hours during the official Add/Drop Period receive an adjustment of tuition and allowable fees according to the Tuition Adjustment Period listed on the current Academic Calendar. Any credit balance resulting from the tuition adjustment will be refunded through BankMobile, a financial services company. View our institution’s contract with BankMobile, a Division of Customer Bank.

Any financial aid payment received after a reduction of fees will be applied to the adjusted account balance. Students are liable for paying any fees not paid for by financial aid.

Students who have a reduction in hours scheduled will be refunded based on the drop date and reduction of hours. Students must complete the drop process prior to the posted deadlines to qualify for a reduction in amounts owed. Nonattendance does not constitute withdrawal.

Students who have an increase in hours scheduled during the add/drop period will be required to pay the additional per credit hour tuition and fees at the time of the schedule adjustment.

The Tuition Adjustment Policy for SOWELA Technical Community College is as follows:

  • A 100% Tuition Adjustment of Tuition and fees will be made to students who resign from all classes or drops a course(s) during the first three instructional days (Add/Drop Period) of the fall and spring semester and the first two instructional days for the summer semester and mini-semesters.
  • A 75% Tuition Adjustment of Tuition and any excess credit hour fees will be made to students who resign from all classes or drops a course(s) after the 3rd instructional day through the 6th  instructional day of the fall and spring semester and on the 3rd instructional day for the summer semester and mini-semesters.
  • A 50% Tuition Adjustment of Tuition and any excess credit hour fees will be made to students who resign from all classes or drops a course(s) after the 6th instructional day through the 9th
    instructional day of the semester for the fall and spring semester and on the 4th instructional day through the 5th instructional day of the semester for the summer semester and mini-semesters.
  • A 25% Tuition Adjustment of Tuition and any excess credit hour fees will be made to students who resign from all classes or drops a course(s) after the 9th instructional day through the 13th instructional day of the semester for the fall and spring semester and on the 6th instructional day of the semester for the summer semester and mini-semesters.
  • A 100% Tuition Adjustment of all Tuition and fees in the event SOWELA cancels a course.
  • The excess credit hour fee will refund the same as tuition during the tuition adjustment periods.
  • Other registration fees such as: Operational Fee, Student Services Fee, Academic Excellence Fee, Enterprise Resource Fee, Building Use Fee, Technology Fee, Student Activity Fee, SGA Fee, Parking Fee, Lab Fees, and other miscellaneous fees are not refundable during the Tuition Adjustment Period.
  • No Tuition Adjustments shall be made after the 13th instructional day for the fall and spring semester or after the 6th instructional day for the summer semester.
  • No refund shall be made for a non-credit course unless the class is cancelled.
  • No refund shall be made for testing fees or application charges.

Please refer to the Academic Calendar for refund/tuition adjustment dates for the current term.