Refund Policy

How did you pay?

Paid by credit card? - Credit card refunds will go back to the credit card if within 60 days from the original transaction date.  Greater than 60 days, refunds will be processed to the Higher One debit card.

Paid by Cash or check?  - Refund will be processed to your Higher One debit card.

Payment Plan? – After you drop your classes we will automatically terminate your payment plan. Any refund due will be through your Higher One debit card.

Financial Aid recipient?  -  Refunds are disbursed throughout the semester after attendance is verified.  Refunds will be processed to your Higher One debit card.  We recommend consulting the Financial Aid Office regarding any rules and regulations that may impact your award prior to dropping any classes.  This is important as it may affect your financial aid package and could cause you to owe money back to the college.

Academic Refunds

FCC has partnered with Higher One to electronically provide students with a faster and easier way to receive their refund money. When you receive your Higher One debit card you must activate and choose your preference by selecting either the Higher One Account option or if you prefer, have the refund disbursed to another bank account.  ALL students above the age of 18 will receive a Higher One debit card in the mail shortly after they register for classes, and must follow the instructions to activate the card in order to receive an electronic refund.  Visit for more information.

Academic refunds are usually processed after the second week of the term start date.  In order to be eligible for a refund of tuition and fees (if applicable), students must drop or withdrawal from courses by the specified refund deadline.  Each session within a semester offers students an opportunity to drop at 100%, typically through the first week of classes or 50% typically through the second week of classes.  See the current course schedule for specific refund dates by session. Students that withdrawal from classes after the refund period receive no reduced rate and are responsible for all tuition and fees until paid in full.   

Drop for non-payment extended through 4:30 on Friday, January 29.
Revised dates for 15-week, 1st 5-week, 1st 7-week, and 1st 8-week sessions:
Last day to add: Feb 2
Last day 100% refund: Feb 3
Last day 50% refund: Feb 10

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Continuing Education Refunds

Tuition & Course Fees: It is the policy of the college to refund 100% of Continuing Education & Workforce Development tuition and fees if the course is canceled by the college. A student may also receive a refund by officially withdrawing from a class by completing the "Drop a Course" section on a CE Registration Form and submitting the form or signed written request to the Welcome & Registration Center (during business hours) at least one (1) business day prior to the start of the class. Any exceptions to the refund policy must be requested in writing to the Director of Continuing Education and are made on a case-by-case basis.

Registration Fee: This once-per semester registration fee is ONLY refundable when FCC cancels a course or a student drops a course at least one (1) business day prior to class start (per the above guidelines) AND the canceled/dropped course is the only course that student has enrolled in for the term.

Refunds: If a student is eligible for a refund and paid by credit and debit card, refunds are submitted directly to student's credit or debit card account. If a students paid by cash, check or money order, a refund will be mailed to the student usually within 10 to 14 business days from the class drop date.

Financial Aid


Email: Financial Aid
Jefferson Hall
Suite J-301 (third floor)
Phone: 301.846.2480
Fax: 301.624.2886

Current office hours:

Monday - Thursday
8:30 a.m.- 8:00 p.m

8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


Student Accounts Office

Email: Cashier's Office
Jefferson Hall
Suite J-119 (first floor)
Phone: 301-846-2658
Fax: 301-846-2648

Current office hours:
Monday  - Thursday

8:30a.m.- 8:00p.m.

8:30a.m. - 4:30p.m.


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