Student's Right to Cancel and Refund Policy for Students in the Juris Doctor Attorney Track Programs and Juris Doctor Executive Track Programs

The School has adopted the following refund policy. If Student cancels enrollment within five days of Student's execution of the Enrollment, the School will refund all money paid by Student. Should Student cancel this agreement within 14 days after enrollment, the School will refund 100% of tuition charges paid by the student. "Enrollment" for refund purposes is considered to have become effective upon execution of the Enrollment Agreement by Student. Thereafter, if Student withdraws or is dismissed, Student shall be entitled to a prorata refund of tuition charges up to thirty weeks from the date of enrollment. No refunds are payable after week thirty and refunds are not payable for completed courses. For refund calculation purposes, any withdrawal shall become effective on the date Student notifies the School, in any manner, of Student's intent. 

 

As an example of the refund policy: a student executing this Agreement on July 1, 2016, paying tuition in the amount of $7,920.00 and withdrawing on September 6, 2016 without completing any courses would receive a refund of $6,336.00. ($7,920.00 multiplied by 80%. For refund purposes, an academic year is considered to be fifty weeks. On September 6th, 80% of the academic year remained.) Refund computations are based on the total tuition obligation, not the amount of tuition previously paid. Unless otherwise noted in writing, other School fees are non-refundable. The School will issue refunds pursuant to the above conditions within 30 days from the date the withdrawal notice is received by the School. If a loan was obtained to pay for tuition, it is Student's responsibility to repay the full amount of any loan plus any interest. Student is advised that some financial institutions require Taft Law School to repay any refunds due directly to the lender and Student expressly authorizes the School to comply with such requests.

 

Dismissals shall be effective on the date such action is taken by Administration or when Student fails to maintain the academic standards set forth in the Student Handbook, whichever shall occur first.

 

If Student withdraws or is dismissed after Student receives a Federal Direct Student Loan disbursement, it will often be necessary for the School to return money to the federal government in accordance with the policy set forth in the The Taft University System Consumer Guide Catalog Supplement. This may include amounts previously credited to students tuition account. In such a case, Student agrees to pay to the School any balance of tuition owed from his or her personal funds within 30 days of the withdrawal or dismissal.

Return to Title IV Refund Policy

For students receiving Federally insured student loans, the School is required to apply the federal return provisions for recipients of Federal Student Aid (FSA). The Return of Title IV Refund Policy is in addition to the School's Tuition Refund Policy. Both calculations will be completed when the student withdraws. DEAC has additional Institutional Refund Policy provisions. If a student withdraws before completing more than 60% of the payment period, the percentage of FSA funds earned will equal the percentage of the calendar days completed in the payment period up to the withdrawal date on a prorata basis. After the 60% point in the payment period, a student has earned 100% of the FSA funds he or she was scheduled to receive during the period.

 

For the Juris Doctor Programs, Taft will determine the earned and unearned portion of Title IV aid when a student ceases enrollment prior to the planned completion date.

 

A return calculation is still required even if a student has earned 100% of Title IV benefits to determine whether a post-withdrawal disbursement (PWD) to the student is required. The deadline for PWD response is no later than 30 days from the School's date of determination.

 

If funds are to be returned, funds will be deposited in our federal account for a loan recovery to be processed no later than 45 days of the date of determination.

 

Unearned aid which the School is responsible for repaying shall be returned to the following sources, in order, up to the total net amount disbursed from each source: 1.) Unsubsidized Direct Loans, 2.) Subsidized Direct Loans and 3.) Grad Plus Direct Loans.

 

The formula in brief is as follows:

  1. Determine the amount of Title IV aid that was disbursed and that could have been disbursed. (Step 1 on Worksheet.)
     

  2. Determine the date of withdrawal and determine the percentage of the payment period attended by the student. (Step 2) 

    a.) When a student officially withdraws, the date of withdrawal for Return to Title IV purposes is the date the student submits his or her notice of withdrawal. 

    b.) Divide the calendar days completed in the period by the total number of days in the period. Completed days/total days = percentage. 

    c.) When a student is dismissed (unofficial withdrawal) during a payment period, the date of dismissal for Return to Title IV purposes will be the last date of student's learning activity. 

    d.) When a student is dismissed (unofficial withdrawal) after the end of the term of enrollment, the date of withdrawal for Return to Title IV purposes will be either the last date of the term of enrollment or when course grades are finalized.
     

  3. Determine the amount of Title IV aid earned by the student by multiplying the total Title IV aid for which the student was eligible by the percentage of time enrolled. (Step 3)
     

  4. Compare the amount earned to the amount disbursed. If the amount earned is greater than the amount disbursed, then a post-withdrawal disbursement must be made if the student is eligible for a “late disbursement” under the cash management rules (34 CFR 668.164(g)). If the amount disbursed exceeds the amount earned, the Title IV aid must be returned. (Step 4)
     

  5. Allocate the responsibility for returning unearned aid between the school and the student according to the portion of disbursed aid that could have been used to cover institutional charges and the portion that could have been disbursed directly to the student once institutional charges were covered. (Step 5, 6, 7 and 8)
     

  6. Distribute the unearned Title IV aid back to the Title IV programs. Unearned aid which the School is responsible for repaying shall be returned to the following sources, in order, up to the total net amount disbursed from each source: 1.) Unsubsidized Direct Loans, 2.) Subsidized Direct Loans and 3.) Grad Plus Direct Loans.
     

The School will use a worksheet to calculate the responsibility, if any, for the return of Title IV funds. A copy of the worksheet will be provided to the student. Since the School does not participate in any grant programs, the formula above will only be used to calculate the amount of Title IV loans that may need to be returned. The School will also calculate any refund that may be owed to the student pursuant to the University’s Refund Policy. If a refund is due, monies will be returned pursuant to Federal, State and accreditation regulations.

Student's Right to Cancel and Refund Policy for Students in the Master of Laws Programs and the Bachelor of Science in Laws Program

The School has adopted the following refund policy which will apply to the Undergraduate and Master's programs. If a student cancels enrollment within five days of enrollment, the School will refund all money paid by the student. Thereafter, a student who withdraws shall be entitled to a prorata refund of tuition charges up to 9 weeks from the date of enrollment – according to the following table. "Enrollment" for refund purposes is considered to have become effective upon execution of the Agreement by Student. Refundable tuition is defined as the total semester tuition as presented in the enrollment agreement less an administrative fee of $200.00 or 20% of the tuition whichever is less.

 

Pro-Rata Refund Schedule
Withdrawal Occurring After Week 1 80%
Withdrawal Occurring After Week 2 70%
Withdrawal Occurring After Week 3 60%
Withdrawal Occurring After Week 4 50%
Withdrawal Occurring After Week 5 40%
Withdrawal Occurring After Week 6 30%
Withdrawal Occurring After Week 7 20%
Withdrawal Occurring After Week 8 10%
Withdrawal Occurring After Week 9 None

 

Refunds are not payable for completed courses. Refund computations are based on the total tuition obligation, not the amount of tuition previously paid. Unless otherwise noted in writing, other School fees are non-refundable. The School will issue refunds pursuant to the above conditions within 30 days from the date the withdrawal notice is received by the School.

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