Feb 25, 2024  
2023-2024 Catalog 
    
2023-2024 Catalog

Refunds



Withdrawal Refunds

Withdrawal from the College prior to the first class day results in a 100 percent refund of tuition, student services fee, laboratory fee, designated tuition, Student Center fee, and private lessons fee, but not the $15 matriculation fee. The student I.D. must be surrendered to receive a refund of the student services fee. The amount of refund decreases beginning on the first class day. For refund purposes the effective drop date is the date listed on the withdrawal petition when received in the Office of Admission and Records.

If LSCO campus closes for a national or state disaster, there will be a continuity of operations in place. Therefore, during such crises, LSCO’s refund policy will stand and students will not become eligible for refunds strictly due to a national or state disaster. Refunds are calculated according to the following schedules:

Fall, Spring Semesters, 10 and 12-Week Sessions and Summer Extended Session

  • prior to the first class day, 100 percent, less matriculation fee
  • during the first five class days of the semester, 80 percent
  • during the second five class days of the semester, 70 percent
  • during the third five class days of the semester, 50 percent
  • during the fourth five class days of the semester, 25 percent
  • after the fourth week of the semester, no refund

Mini-Sessions

  • prior to the first class day, 100 percent, less matriculation fee
  • during the first class day, 80 percent, less matriculation fee
  • during the second class day, 50 percent, less matriculation fee
  • after the second class day, no refund

Summer Sessions I and II and Fall, Spring 8-Week Session

  • prior to the first class day, 100 percent, less matriculation fee
  • during the first, second or third class days, 80 percent
  • during the fourth, fifth or sixth class days, 50 percent
  • after the sixth class day, no refund

Dropped Course Refunds

Students who drop courses during the drop with refund period and remain enrolled at Lamar State College Orange will receive a refund of tuition and fees for the dropped class. For refund purposes, the effective drop date is the date listed on the drop form when received in the Office of Admission and Records. Refunds are based on the following:

Fall, Spring Semesters 16-week Session

  • Through the 12th class day, 100 percent
  • After the 12th class day, no refund

Fall, Spring 8-week Session

  • Through the 6th class day, 100 percent
  • After the 6th class day, no refund

Fall, Spring 12-Week Session

  • Through the 9th class day, 100 percent
  • After the 9th class day, no refund

Summer Extended 10-Week Session

  • Through the 12th class day, 100 percent
  • After the 12th class day, no refund

Summer I and Summer II

  • Through the 4th class day, 100 percent
  • After the 4th class day, no refund

Refunds are sent as a direct deposit to the student’s bank account as specified by the student. The student is responsible for completing and submitting all necessary documentation with the Cashier’s Office on the 3rd floor of the Ron Lewis Library. A direct deposit authorization form must be completed, proof of information must be provided, and the student must show their photo id at the time of submission. Direct deposit forms are only accepted in person at the Cashier Office or via fax. No online submissions are allowed.

Financial Obligations

Dropping courses or withdrawing from the College does not relieve the student of any financial obligations under the installment payment agreement or for student loans. Students withdrawing from the College are required to surrender their student identification cards and parking permits. Student services fees will not be refunded unless the student I.D. card is returned to the College. Withdrawal from the College precludes the student from receiving a refund for dropped courses.

Refunds - Students Receiving Financial Aid

Lamar State College Orange adheres to the Return of Title IV Funds policy as proposed in the 1998 amendments to the Higher Education Act. Under this policy students who have received Title IV funds (PELL, SEOG, LEAP) who withdraw on or before 60 percent of the semester has been completed may owe repayments of portions of their grants. This repayment will be based on a federal formula which takes into account how much of the semester the student has completed. Students who withdraw will be notified of the amount of repayment they owe within 30 days of the day they withdraw. In addition, the Department of Education will be notified at that time that the student owes a repayment of Title IV funds. Students will not be eligible to receive future Title IV funds until they have repaid these funds or made satisfactory repayment plans with the Department of Education. Students also may owe repayments to the school if the amount from the school refund policy is not enough to cover the school’s portion of the Department of Education’s repayment policy.

Refunds for students who receive aid other than Title IV funds will be based on a “fixed priority allocation.” The full amount received under each program is returned in priority order until the refund amount is exhausted. The amount returned to a specific program cannot exceed the amount the student received from that program. The following listing indicates the priority in which programs will be refunded:

Non-Title IV Refund Priority: Installments; Emergency Tuition Loan (TPEG Loan); Sponsored Students Source; TPEG; Departmental Budgeted Funds; Restricted Scholarship Funds; Student.

Refunds - Students on Installment Plans

Refunds are calculated as a percentage of total fees assessed, not as a percentage of partial payments on installments. Questions regarding refunds should be directed to the cashier in the Business Office.