Tuition Refund Policy

Dropping a Course (Course-based)

Based on the effective date of the course drop, students may be eligible for a refund of some or all of the tuition paid. Course refunds are calculated based on the following chart:

During Week 1 100%
During Week 2 80%
During Week 3 60%
During Week 4 40%
During Week 5 20%
After Week 5 No refund, students may not drop a course after week 5.

Refunds will be processed and paid to the student within 30 days from the effective date of the course drop.

DNP programs: Tuition is the same for all DNP courses, including those that contain a mandatory residency component, therefore the refund policy is the same for all DNP courses.

Example Course Drop Refund Calculations:

  1. A student drops a course with an associated tuition cost of $1,200.00. This course began on Monday, or Day 1 of the term, and the effective date of the course drop is determined to be the Saturday of the same week, or Day 6 of the term. By definition, American Sentinel’s academic week runs from Monday at 6:00 A.M. and runs through the following Monday at 5:59 A.M. Therefore this course drop would be considered a Week 1 course drop, and would result in a 100% tuition refund, or $1200.00.
  2. A student drops a course with an associated tuition cost of $1200.00. This course began on Monday, or Day 1 of the term, and the effective date of the course drop is determined to be the Wednesday of the following week, or Day 10 of the term. By definition, American Sentinel’s academic week runs from Monday at 6:00 A.M. and runs through the following Monday at 5:59 A.M. Therefore this course drop would be considered a Week 2 course drop, and would result in an 80% tuition refund, or $960.00.

Dropping a 16-week Period (Project-Based)

Based on the effective date of the period drop, students may be eligible for a refund of some or all of the tuition paid. Refunds are calculated based on the following chart:

During Week 1 100%
During Week 2 80%
During Week 3 70%
During Week 4 60%
During Week 5 50%
During Week 6 40%
During Week 7 30%
During Week 8 20%
During Week 9 10%
After Week 9 No refund, students may not drop a course after week 9.

Example Period Drop Refund Calculations:

  1. A student drops a 16-week period with an associated tuition cost of $3,500.00. This period began on Monday, or Day 1 of the period, and the effective date of the drop is determined to be the Saturday of the same week, or Day 6 of the period. By definition, American Sentinel’s academic week runs from Monday at 6:00 A.M. through the following Monday at 5:59 A.M. Therefore this drop would be considered a Week 1 drop, and would result in a 100% tuition refund, or $3,500.00.
  2. A student drops a 16-week period with an associated tuition cost of $3,500.00. This course began on Monday, or Day 1 of the period, and the effective date of the drop is determined to be the Wednesday of the following week, or Day 10 of the period. By definition, American Sentinel’s academic week runs from Monday at 6:00 A.M. through the following Monday at 5:59 A.M. Therefore this course drop would be considered a Week 2 course drop, and would result in an 80% tuition refund, or $2,800.00.

Withdrawing from the University

Students who wish to withdraw from the university must notify their student success advisor by phone (303.991.1575), fax (866-894-1575) or email. Students must clearly state the effective date of the withdrawal, which must be on or after the date of notification, and the reason for the withdrawal.

Course-based Programs

Based on the effective date of a student’s withdrawal from American Sentinel, the student may be eligible for a refund of some or all of the tuition paid. If the effective date of the withdraw is during the first term in a semester, a student will receive a refund of 100 percent of the tuition cost of enrolled courses in the second term of the semester plus a refund of a percentage of the enrolled courses in the first term based upon the following chart:

During Term 1- Week 1 100%
During Term 1 – Week 2 80%
During Term 1 – Week 3 60%
During Term 1 – Week 4 40%
During Term 1 – Week 5 20%
After Week 5 Students may not drop a course after week 5.

If the effective date of the withdrawal is during the second term of the semester, no refund is due for first term courses. The student will receive a refund of a percentage of the tuition cost of any enrolled courses in the second term based upon the following chart:

During Term 2- Week 1 100%
During Term 2 – Week 2 80%
During Term 2 – Week 3 60%
During Term 2 – Week 4 40%
During Term 2 – Week 5 20%
After Week 5 Students may not drop a course after week 5.

A student withdrawing after the five (5) calendar day cancellation period will be subject to a one-time administrative fee of up to $200. Refunds will be processed and paid to the student within 30 days of the effective date of the withdrawal.  

Example Withdrawal Refund Calculation:

A student withdraws from the University, and is currently taking a course with an associated tuition cost of $1200.00. In addition, there are course registration(s) for which the student has been charged tuition that are for academic terms that have not yet commenced. The effective date of withdrawal is determined to be during Week 2 of the current course. In this case, a tuition refund of 80% would be due for the current course, or $960.00. In addition, a 100% tuition refund would be due for any and all future course(s) that have not yet commenced.

Project-based Programs

Based on the effective date of the withdrawal the student may be eligible for a refund of some or all of the tuition paid. If the effective date of the withdrawal is prior to the start of sixteen week period, a student will receive a refund of 100 percent of the tuition cost for that period. If the effective date of the withdrawal is during a sixteen week period, a student will receive a refund of a percentage of the tuition cost for that period based upon the following chart:

During Week 1 100%
During Week 2 80%
During Week 3 70%
During Week 4 60%
During Week 5 50%
During Week 6 40%
During Week 7 30%
During Week 8 20%
During Week 9 10%
During Week 10 to end of period 0%

A student withdrawing after the five (5) calendar day cancellation period will be subject to a one-time administrative fee of up to $200. Refund will be processed and paid to the student within 30 days of the effective date of the withdrawal.

Example Withdrawal Refund Calculation:

A student withdraws from the University, and is currently within a period with an associated cost of $3500.00. The effective date of withdrawal is determined to be during week 4 of the period. In this case, a tuition refund of 60% would be due for the current period, or $2100.00. In addition, a 100% tuition refund would be due for any and all future period(s) that have not yet commenced.

Enrollment Agreements

All students are required to complete an enrollment agreement upon accepting admission into American Sentinel University. Enrollment agreements may be cancelled within five calendar days after midnight of the date the enrollment agreement was completed. 100 percent of tuition and fees paid to American Sentinel will be refunded within 30 days of the day of the notice of cancellation. Notification of cancellation may be made in any manner (i.e. phone, fax, email, etc.).