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Refunds

Institutional Refund Policy

New England Culinary Institute offers a refund to the student who withdraws from an educational program, according to the appropriate schedule outlined below. The Refund Schedule for Resident Programs is applied to the program tuition, room (for those students living on campus), board, and fees charged each term. Students enrolled in online or elective courses during a non-resident term will be charged a tuition fee for these courses, and may incur additional room and board fees. A separate Refund Schedule for Online Programs applies to programs offered entirely via distance education as set forth below; this refund schedule applies to tuition and fees charged for each term.

Any student wishing to voluntarily withdraw is asked to complete and sign a Notice of Withdrawal form and deliver it to the Director of Academic Services. For all refund calculations, the effective termination date will be the last date of documented attendance.

The timing of the refund payment will be based on the effective determination date of the withdrawal. In the case of a student who has provided notice of withdrawal to the school (whether in writing or otherwise), the timing of refund payment shall be based on the date actual notice is received by the school. Whereas, for any student who is withdrawn without filing a completed Notice of Withdrawal form or otherwise expressly notifying the school of said student’s decision to withdraw, the timing of refund payment will be based on the determination date of the withdrawal by the school.

Applicants who have not visited the school prior to enrollment will have the opportunity to withdraw without penalty within three business days following either the regularly scheduled orientation or following a tour of the school facilities and inspection of equipment where training and services are provided.

Refund Schedule for Residential Programs and Externships

  • From registration day through day ten of the term, 90% of all monies paid will be refunded.
  • From day eleven through day fifteen of the term, 50% of the room, meal plan, tuition, and fees will be refunded.
  • From day sixteen through day thirty of the term, 25% of the room, meal plan, tuition, and fees will be refunded.
  • After day thirty of the term, no refund will be available to the student.

Refund Schedule for Online Programs

  • From calendar day four through calendar day six, 75% of all monies paid will be refunded.
  • From calendar day seven through day fifteen, 25% of all monies paid will be refunded.
  • From calendar day sixteen through the end of the course, no refund will be available to the student.
  • In online programs, if no activity is logged within the first three days of each scheduled class, NECI reserves the right to withdraw the student for non-participation; monies will be refunded according to the refund schedule outlined above.          

For both on-ground and online programs, Federal Financial Aid refunds follow the policies listed below.

Return to Title IV Calculation

  • Federal financial aid (Federal Direct Stafford Loan, Federal PLUS Loan, Federal Pell Grant, or Federal SEOG Grant) is earned based on the percentage of the enrollment period the student has completed.
  • For credit hour programs, the percentage of the enrollment period completed is determined based on the number of days the student was enrolled and the number of days in the enrollment period.
  • If the student completes more than 60% of the enrollment period, the school retains the full amount of aid for the enrollment period. If the student completed 60% or less of the enrollment period and has unearned federal aid (the difference between earned aid and disbursed aid), the unearned aid will be returned to the Title IV programs from which the student received assistance in the following order:
    • Federal Unsubsidized Stafford Loan
    • Federal Subsidized Stafford Loan
    • Federal PLUS Loan
    • Federal Pell Grant
    • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant

For more information please contact the Director of Financial Aid.

Revocation of Institutional Scholarships

All scholarships and discounts granted by NECI are subject to revocation in full upon the withdrawal of a student from a program.

Timing of Refunds

Any monies due will be refunded to the payee within 45 days of the date of determination of the student’s withdrawal. Any tuition refund due to financial aid overpayments will be refunded after all aid is received, up to 45 days after the end of the term.

Student Balances

Students are responsible for paying their loans and the entire balances due on their NECI student accounts after the school’s refund policy has been applied. Students considering withdrawing from NECI are strongly encouraged to first contact Student Financial Services to determine the impact of their withdrawal on their student account and their financial aid.