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The refund policy for withdrawal or net credit load reduction for all students in regular and 15 week sessions, excluding summer session courses and non-regular semester courses is as follows:

  • 100% if initiated by the end of the first week of the term.
  • 50% if initiated by the end of the second week of the term.
  • No refund after the second week of the term.
  • No refund shall be given for the application for admission

The refund policy for one or two day courses:

  • 100% if initiated before the start of class 0% after the class

The refund policy for summer session and all non-regular semester courses, excluding 15 week session is as follows:

  • 100% if initiated before 10% of the class length has elapsed.
  • 50% if initiated before 20% of the class length has elapsed.
  • No refund after 20% of the class length has elapsed.

Note: For internet classes, the first class meeting is considered to be 8 a.m. of the first business day of the week in which the course began.

The refund policy for community education courses:

  • 100% if the college cancels the class.
  • If a student withdraws from a community education class at least seven days prior to the first day of class, the student will receive 100% refund.
  • No refund if the student drops the class fewer than seven days prior to the first day of class.

Non-resident tuition shall be refunded in conformity with the above schedule for load reduction to six credits or less and for withdrawal.

No refund shall be given for health and accident insurance premiums.

Exceptions to the Refund Policy

Requests for refunds must be filed within one year from the last day of the semester the student is appealing.

Exceptions require the approval of the President or his designee.

In the following circumstances students may receive a full refund of all registration fees and tuition provided they withdraw any time during the semester and complete the required paperwork. Documentation of circumstance is required:

  • Deployment of the student in the United States Armed Forces;
  • Death or incapacitation resulting from an illness or injury of the student; or spouse, child, parent, or legal guardian of the student that prevents the student from returning to school
    for the remainder of the semester;
  • Verifiable error on the part of the institution.
  • Involuntary job transfer outside the service area of the institution as documented by employer, or
  • Other exceptional circumstances beyond the control of the institution or the student.

To apply for a refund under the above circumstances, see the Exception to the Refund Policy for instructions. (You will need the Adobe Reader plugin for your browser, available free from Adobe.)

Refund exceptions, which are approved, may be applied back to student's financial aid or other past due balances.

The grade of "W" (withdraw) will remain on student's transcript and may affect student's financial aid eligibility.

Refund for Financial Aid Recipients

Piggy Back graphicStudents who receive federal financial aid to attend GBC and withdraw from 100% of their courses during a semester are subject to federal regulations governing refund and repayment. These regulations pertain only to the federal financial aid (Title IV) received and have been written in terms of “earned” versus“unearned” aid. The corresponding applicable amounts are determined by the number of days a student attended classes prior to completely withdrawing. Students who only partially withdraw from courses during a semester will follow Great Basin College general refund policies.

Leave of Absence Policy

For financial aid purposes, prior to a student withdrawing from all classes, a student may, in writing, request a leave of absence from the Vice President for Student Services or designee. Only one leave may be granted in 12 months, and the leave may not exceed 180 days.

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