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Refund Policy

Students who officially withdraw from El Centro will have their tuition and mandatory charges refunded according to the following schedule. Refunds for flexible-entry classes are prorated based on the number of weeks each class spans. Saturdays are included in the count of class days.

Refunds for Fall 2016

  •  100% - Before August 29
  •  70% - August 29 - September 15
  •  25% - September 16 - September 21
  •  No Refund - On or after September 22

Students who paid by credit card (MasterCard, Visa, Discover or American Express) will receive refunds on their credit cards within approximately 30 days. Credit students who paid by cash, check or money order will receive refunds processed by Higher One, Inc., a financial services provider. Students may choose from the following methods of disbursement: a) Easy Refund to the OneAccount, b) ACH Transfer to a bank account of the student's choice, or c) a mailed paper check. Students entitled to a refund should verify their contact information on eConnect. For further details, visit our website at

Students who believe they may have some unusual or extenuating circumstances which may qualify them for special consideration for a refund after the period stated above has ended should complete a refund petition form, obtained in the Cashier’s office. If medical reasons are cited for the drop or withdrawal, a statement from a physician is highly recommended. Such petitions must be filed before the end of the semester for which the tuition refund is requested.

A student who has a class cancelled may receive a 100% refund or may enroll before the end of final registration in another course which has space available.

The above policies apply to students registering late, as well as to those who register at regular registration.

For more information on disbursements and refunds, please click here.

If you want to drop a course:

If you are unable to complete the course (or courses) for which you have registered, it is your responsibility to withdraw formally from the course (or courses).  You need to speak with the course instructor and obtain his/her signature to drop the course.  If the instructor is unavailable, the program coordinator, dean, counselor or advisor may sign the drop form.  Failure to drop will result in a performance grade, usually a grade of “F.” For regular length fall semester courses, the last day to drop a class is November 17, 2016.

If you want to audit a course:

Any student 18 years of age or older may register as an adult student.  Tuition will be assessed as if the student were taking the course for credit.  He/she will not take any of the examinations nor receive a grade for the course.  Pick up the procedure for auditing a course from the Continuing Education Office (A260).

Important Drop Notice from the Admission and Advisement Offices El Centro College

(a member of the Dallas County Community College District): Effective 2007

To All New El Centro College Students

(Including Dual Credit, Early College and Collegiate High School)

Section 51.907 of the Texas Education Code applies to students who enroll in a Texas public institution of higher education for the first time in fall 2007 or later.

Based on this law, Texas Public institution of higher education may not permit a student to drop more than six courses during their entire undergraduate career. All courses dropped after the official drop and all period and add period for the course are included in the six-course limit, including courses dropped at another Texas public institution of higher education, unless it qualifies as an exception. Contact your college’s counseling/admission office for further details related to exceptions.

Policies and procedures for implementation of this law will be developed and published as soon as the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board finalized its rules associated with this statute. Students affected by this law who plan to attend another institution of higher education should become familiar with that institution’s policies on dropping courses.