Filed under General University Policies

The ABTU Refund Policy is also in the University Catalog

Refund of Tuition Policy 

ABTU’s refund policy conforms to the standards set by the Missouri Department of Higher Education & Workforce Development (MDHEWD) and Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). 

ABTU uses a time-based Refund Policy with a refund schedule for all credit hour courses, and another refund schedule for all vocational programs offered by ABTU. ABTU will refund 100% of tuition and fees paid for credit hour courses or vocational programs which the student never started.  ABTU does not charge application or registration fees for domestic undergraduate level programs. Registration fees charged for graduate level programs only are non-refundable.  Any fees paid for optional services are also non-refundable. 

Withdrawal, Cancellation and Buyers Right to Cancel 

A STUDENT may cancel the enrollment agreement/contract at any time within seven (7) calendar days of the start of a credit hour course and receive a full refund of all monies paid (if tuition has been paid).  

A STUDENT may cancel the enrollment agreement/contract at any time within seven (7) calendar days of the start of a vocational program and receive a full refund of all monies paid (if tuition has been paid).  

A student’s notification of cancellation may be conveyed to the institution in any manner, including by phone, email, chat, fax, US mail, or by completing an online form located within ABTU eLearn. 

Students who withdraw after the first week from ABTU credit hour courses or vocational programs do not need to return textbooks or materials provided. 

Below is a breakdown for the tuition refund for both credit hour courses and vocational programs for when students withdraw beyond the cancellation period. In case of cancellation or withdrawal, all refunded money will go directly to the funding source (such as government agencies), unless the funding source specifically authorizes ABTU in writing to release the funds to the student. ABTU processes all student refunds within 30 days. Refunds will be direct deposited, or checks will be mailed using the U.S. postal service. 

The following tables below identify the percentage of tuition that will be refunded to students who complete only part of a course or program. If the student enrolls in two or more courses or programs at the same time, each refund is calculated individually.  

If a student cancels or withdraws during a credit hour course or vocational program any applicable paid tuition and fees will be refunded according to the following tables: 

Credit Hour Courses

Week of Cancellation or Withdrawal Refund % Money Returned 
During 1st Week 100% $872.00 
During 2nd Week 80% $697.60 
During 3rd Week 60% $523.20 
During 4th Week 40% $348.40 
During 5th Week 20% $174.40 
During 6th – 8th Week 0% $0.00 

Example: The total cost for any 3 credit hour course at ABTU is $872.00.  If a student withdraws in the second week of the course, the refund due would be $697.60 (80%).

Vocational Programs

Week of Cancellation or WithdrawalRefund %Money Returned
During Week 1100%$21,450
During Weeks 2 or 390%$19,305
During Weeks 4 or 580%$17,160
During Weeks 6 or 770%$15,015
During Weeks 8 or 960%$12,870
During Weeks 10 or 1150%$10,725
During Weeks 12 to 1540%$8,580
During Weeks 16 to end of program. 0%$0

Vocational Program Withdrawal Example: If the tuition cost for a vocational program is $21,450, and a student withdraws in the second week of the program, the refund due would be $19,305 (90%).

Special Considerations 

Special consideration is given, for the benefit of the student, on a case by case basis regarding verifiable mitigating circumstances and military deployment and is at the discretion of the Student Affairs Committee.  Such cases may include, but are not limited to, student death, severe illness, natural disasters, unpreventable loss of internet access, and other circumstances beyond the student’s control. 

Students using Federal Student Aid, please view the Return to Title IV (R2T4) section of the Financial Aid Process policy:

Students awarded institutional scholarships, discounts, or tuition matching programs, refunds are calculated on the adjusted course cost. In the event of withdrawal, institutional awards may be reduced; in no case would an institutional award ever exceed the actual net tuition charge after withdrawal. As a result, there is never an actual refund of institutional scholarships, discounts, or tuition matching funds to the student. 

ABTU will process refunds directly to the student, unless the student is receiving funding from a third party, and the third party requires that funds be refunded to that agency. Such third parties may include the US Department of Education, Veterans Administration (select chapters of GI Bill), Vocational Rehabilitation, DOD, and employer/corporate reimbursement. 

Updated 12/11/2019 by Ramsey Atieh

Reviewed 8/29/2019 by Ramsey Atieh

Policy Revised 1/1/2019: 6 and 12 week course info removed.  8 week refund table updated, Title IV language updated.

Policy Revised 7/1/2016:  8 and 12 week course refund tables added.

Policy Revised 5/1/2011:  Revised 6 week course info, Title IV info updated.

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