You must pay the state-imposed assessment for the Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) if all of the following applies to you:
You are not eligible for protection from the STRF and you are not required to pay the STRF assessment, if either of the following applies:
The State of California created the STRF to relieve or mitigate economic losses suffered by students in educational programs who are California residents, or are enrolled in residency programs attending certain schools regulated by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education.
You may be eligible for STRF if you are a California resident or are enrolled in a residency program, prepaid tuition, paid the STRF assessment, and suffered an economic loss as a result of any of the following:
However, no claim can be paid to any student without a social security number or a taxpayer identification number.
To qualify for STRF reimbursement you must file an STRF application within one year of receiving notice from the Bureau that the school is closed. If you do not receive notice from the Bureau, you have four years from the date of closure to file a STRF application. If a judgment is obtained you must file a STRF application within two years of the final judgment.
It is important that you keep copies of the enrollment agreement, financial aid papers, receipts or any other information that documents the monies paid to the school. Questions regarding the STRF may be directed to:
Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE):
Mailing Address: P.O. BOX 980818, West Sacramento, CA 95798-0818
Physical Address: 2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400, Sacramento, California, 95833
Telephone: (888) 370-7589
Fax: (916) 263-1897
* Business day means a day on which that student is scheduled to attend a class session.
† Equipment includes all textbooks, supplies, materials, implements, tools, machinery, computers, electronic devices, or any other goods related to the enrollment agreement for the course of study.
A student has the right to withdraw from a course of instruction at any time. If a student withdraws from the course of instruction after the period allowed for cancellation of the agreement, the school will remit a refund, less the $75 (certificate program), or $100 (degree program) registration fee, within 30 days following the student’s withdrawal. The student is obligated to pay only for educational services rendered and for unreturned equipment. If a student withdraws for California Educational Code, Section 94318.5(e) prior to completion of the course he/she is enrolled in, the refund shall be the amount the student paid for instruction multiplied by a fraction, the numerator of which is the number of hours of instruction for which the student has not received but for which he/she has paid, and the denominator of which is the total number of hours for which he/she has paid.
If the student received any equipment from the school, the student may return the equipment in good condition within thirty days from the date of the student’s withdrawal. If the student fails to return the equipment in good condition within the 30-day period, the school may subtract the documented equipment cost to the institution from the refund. The student is liable for any amount by which the documented equipment cost to the institution exceeds the refund amount calculated and must make arrangements to pay any balance due.
Assume that a student, upon enrollment in a 400-hour course, pays $2000 for tuition, $100 for registration, and $150 (fair market value) for equipment as specified in the enrollment agreement and withdraws after completing 100 hours without returning the equipment he/she obtained. The pro rata refund to the student would be $1518.75 based on the calculation stated below*. If the student returns the equipment in good condition within 30 days following his/her withdrawal, the school shall refund the charge for the equipment paid by the student.
* Exception to this policy applies to students eligible for and using VA benefits, in accordance with Title 38, U.S. Code: such individuals will not be charged a registration fee exceeding $10.00.
[$2100 – $75] x 300/400 – 0 = $1518.75
A – B x C / D – E = F
*Students using VA benefits:
[$2100 – $10] x 300/400 – 0 = $1567.50
A – B x C / D – E = F
A: total amount paid for instruction
B: registration fee (amount school may retain)
C: # of clock hours of instruction paid but not received
D: # of clock hours of instruction for which the student has paid
E: documented cost of returned equipment
F: actual refund amount
A student shall be deemed to have withdrawn from the course when any of the following occurs:
(a) A student notifies the institution of his/her withdrawal or the actual date of withdrawal;
(b) The institution terminates a student’s enrollment;
(c) A student fails to attend classes for a 2-week period;
(d) A student fails to return from a leave of absence.
A student will be entitled to the corresponding amount of tuition refund if the student withdraws from any of the following courses after completing 10%, 25%, 50%, or 60% of the entire instruction. Refund will not be issued when completed coursework exceeds 60% of the entire instruction.
|Two-Year Degree Programs|
|Accounting, Associate of Occupational Studies (AOS)||13,446.00||11,205.00||7,470.00||5,976.00|
|Computer Graphic Design, Associate of Applied Science (AAS)||13,446.00||11,205.00||7,470.00||5,976.00|
|Web Software Technology, Associate of Applied Science (AAS)||13,446.00||11,205.00||7,470.00||5,976.00|
|Business General Program||5,378.40||4,482.00||2,988.00||2,390.40|
|Computer Graphic Design||5,378.40||4,482.00||2,988.00||2,390.40|
|Computer Information System||5,378.40||4,482.00||2,988.00||2,390.40|
|Professional Computer Graphic Design||8,067.60||6,723.00||4,482.00||3,585.60|
|Web Software Technology||8,067.60||6,723.00||4,482.00||3,585.60|
|English as a Second Language||4,050.00||3,375.00||2,250.00||1,800.00|