A student who stops attending one or more classes without officially withdrawing will forfeit all claims for credits in classes and refunds of fees for those classes.
Refunds are made for withdrawals from classes according to the following schedule for fall, winter, and spring quarters:
- For the first five instructional days, 100% of the tuition and refundable fees will be refunded.
- After the fifth day of instruction and through the 20th calendar day of the quarter, 40% of the tuition and refundable fees will be refunded.
- After the 20th calendar day of the quarter, no refund will be granted.
Instructional days are counted from the official start date of each quarter regardless of the course start date or the date the student first attended the class. Weekends and holidays do not count.
Specific refund dates are on the College’s website.
Summer quarter dates are prorated and are published in the quarterly schedule and on the College’s website. Refunds for classes that begin and/or end on a schedule other than a normal quarterly schedule will be prorated accordingly.
A reduction of credits will result in a refund of (a) 100% of the difference between the original and the reduced load fees if the change is made by the fifth day of instruction; (b) 40% of the difference if the change is made after the fifth day of instruction and through the 20th calendar day of the quarter; (c) no refund after the 20th calendar day.
Cancellation of classes by the College or failure to admit the student will result in no loss of tuition or fees by the student.
Students withdrawing from reduced tuition programs are subject to the refund schedule outlined above.
Hardship Withdrawal Petition - Students qualify for a full refund if they experienced a medical emergency that caused them to miss a substantial portion of classes or were called to active duty by the military. Students need to submit a petition with documentation by the last day of the quarter for which the hardship applies. More information and petitions are available in the Registrar's Office in Laidlaw Center, 102, and on the web at whatcom.edu/student-services/registration-student-records. Students with questions can email firstname.lastname@example.org.