Academic Catalog


Students who officially withdraw from courses may be eligible for a percentage refund of tuition and certain fees. Students must go to the Registration & Records Office and complete a drop form, in person or online. Failing to attend class will not relieve you of your financial obligation to the college, even if you have not yet paid your full tuition bill. Completing the drop form according to the schedule below will eliminate or reduce your financial obligation. Students receiving Financial Aid must complete 60% of the semester in order to be entitled to 100% of their Financial Aid Funds awarded for the semester. Withdrawals occurring prior to 60% completion date will result in the recalculation of aid eligibility and the return of ineligible aid to Federal or State agencies. This may result in the student owing a balance to the school. It is the responsibility of the student to officially withdraw from classes during the appropriate refund periods if the student is to receive a REFUND OR CREDIT.

Percentages are applied against tuition and fee charges for registered courses. The resulting amount will then be compared to any student payments that may have been made with the difference being the amount of the refund due to the student or the balance still owed to the college. No refund will be given for the following fees:

  • Registration
  • Tuition Deposit
  • Certificate
  • Graduation
  • Tuition Payment Plan

Official date of withdrawal will be the date the Registration and Records Office receives the completed withdrawal form with all required signatures. The official date of withdrawal for online requests is the date that the student initiates the request.

Refund percentages are as follows:

  • Class cancelled by the college: 100%
  • Withdrawal prior to the first official day of the semester or term: 100%
  • Withdrawal between the first official day of the semester or term, up to and including the official attendance census date of the semester or term (10th day of a semester or approximately the 5th day of a term; check your bill schedule or ask the Registration & Records Office for specific dates): 50%
  • Withdrawal after the official attendance census date of the semester or term: None

If a student fails to withdraw from a specific Term prior to the beginning of that Term and does not attend classes at all for that Term, all eligibility for that Term is rescinded. Student charges and refunds will be calculated according to the policy as listed under “Refunds”.

The exact refund dates for each semester or term are printed on the bill/schedule received by every student at the time of registration.


Occasionally, extraordinary circumstances require Ocean County College to make an exception to the above refund period policy, in which case a REFUND may be issued. Substitution of faculty is not grounds for a refund. It is the policy of Ocean County College to make these exceptions due to extenuating circumstances with supporting documentation only.

Additionally, all appeals must be received within 12 months of the affected term. Late appeals will not be considered. If you feel that you have a valid refund appeal, you may write a letter of appeal, including supporting documentation, to:

Office of Academic Affairs
Tuition Refund Appeals Committee
Ocean County College
College Drive
PO Box 2001
Toms River, NJ 08754-2001

You will be notified in writing of the finding of the committee after the merits of your case are reviewed.