A new refund policy at Grand Rapids Community College will now allow students more time to withdraw from a class and get a full refund.
GRCC Cashier’s Office Manager Erica Brown said students can now drop a class within the first 5 percent of the days in the semester and get all of their money back. This new policy will allow students to attend the first week of classes without financial penalty.The former policy required student to drop courses the first day of classes in order to get the full refund. That adds up to about the first week of classes.
For example, Brown said that a student taking an English class that starts on Aug. 29 will have five days to drop the class for the full refund.
“The student has to account for when classes start and end in order to determine this calculation,” Brown said.
Within the first 10 percent of the days in the semester – including weekends – students can get 50 percent refunded. After that, there is no refund. Students will also be refunded all college fees except for the records fee.
“We did some benchmarking with other community colleges and just want to remove financial barriers for students,” Brown said.
Appeals will also be accepted for review for 30 days after the end of each semester.
Students can call the Cashier’s Office or drop into their office on the first floor of the Main Building with any questions regarding the new policy.