Refund + Cancellation Policy

Rejection. Any student who is denied admission to Studio School will receive a full refund of monies paid except for application fee. Cancellation. All monies paid less application fee by an applicant will be refunded following their delivery of a written request for cancellation to the Registrar’s Office within five (5) days after signing an

Enrollment Agreement. If unable to provide a written request within five (5) days, the student may preserve their right to a full refund by verbally requesting cancellation from the Registrar within five (5) days, and submitting the formal written request within ten (10) days from signing the Enrollment Agreement. Students will not be entitled to a full refund if a written request for cancellation is submitted after the start of classes.

Withdrawal Prior To Classes. Students will receive a full refund of all tuition and fees if they provide a written notice of withdrawal to the Registrar no later than five (5) days following their initial visit and opportunity for inspection of the School facilities, but in any event no later than ten (10) days prior to the first day of classes. Students providing a written notice of withdrawal to the Registrar, which does not comply with the policy regarding cancellation or inspection of School facilities, but is provided before the start of classes, will receive a full refund of all monies paid to Studio School in excess of the $250.00 Enrollment Deposit.

Refunds After The Start Of Classes. Students have the right to cancel his or her program of instruction, without any penalty or obligations, through attendance at the first class session or the seventh calendar day after enrollment, whichever is later. After the end of the cancellation period, the student has the right to stop school at any time; and he or she has the right to receive a pro rata refund if he or she has completed 60 percent or less of the scheduled days in the current payment period in the program through the last day of attendance. Cancellation may occur when the student provides a written notice of cancellation at the following address:

Studio School
1201 W 5th St, Suite F-10 Los Angeles, CA 90017

This can be done by mail or by hand delivery.

The written notice of cancellation, if sent by mail, is effective when deposited in the mail properly addressed with proper postage.

The written notice of cancellation need not take any particular form and, however expressed, it is effective if it shows that the student no longer wishes to be bound by the Enrollment Agreement.

If the Enrollment Agreement is canceled the school will refund the student any money he/she paid, less a registration or administration fee not to exceed $250, and less any deduction for equipment not returned in good condition, within 45 days after the notice of cancellation is received.

Important Note: All monies to be refunded in accordance with any provisions of this Refund and Cancellation policy will be refunded within forty-five (45) days from the date that Studio School determines a student’s last date of attendance, the date Studio School receives written notice of cancellation, or the date that a student fails to return from an approved leave of absence. The Refund and Cancellation policy will apply equally to students that are administratively terminated from a Studio School program. All refunds shall be paid to the student unless payment to a lender or other entity is required by the terms of a student financial aid program in which Studio School participates.

Withdrawal From the Program. You may withdraw from the school at any time after the cancellation period (described above) and receive a pro rata refund if you have completed 60 percent or less of the scheduled days in the current payment period in your program through the last day of attendance. The refund will be less a registration or administration fee not to exceed $250.00, and less any deduction for equipment not returned in good condition, within 45 days of withdrawal. If the student has completed more than 60% of the period of attendance for which the student was charged, the tuition is considered earned and the student will receive no refund.

For the purpose of determining a refund under this section, a student shall be deemed to have withdrawn from a program of instruction when any of the following occurs:

  • The student notifies the institution of the student’s withdrawal or as of the date of the student’s withdrawal, whichever is later.
  • The institution terminates the student’s enrollment for failure to maintain satisfactory progress; failure to abide by the rules and regulations of the institution; absences in excess of maximum set forth by the institution; and/or failure to meet financial obligations to the school.
  • The student has failed to attend class for five days.
  • Failure to return from a leave of absence.

For the purpose of determining the amount of the refund, the date of the student’s withdrawal shall be deemed the last date of recorded attendance. The amount owed equals the daily charge for the program (total  institutional charge, minus non-refundable fees, divided by the number of days in the program), multiplied by the number of days scheduled to attend, prior to withdrawal.

For the purpose of determining when the refund must be paid, the student shall be deemed to have withdrawn at the end of five days.

For programs beyond the current “payment period,” if you withdraw prior to the next payment period, all charges collected for the next period will be refunded. If any portion of the tuition was paid from the proceeds of a loan or third party, the refund shall be sent to the lender, third party or, if appropriate, to the state or federal agency that guaranteed or reinsured the loan.

Any amount of the refund in excess of the unpaid balance of the loan shall be first used to repay any student financial aid programs from which the student received benefits, in proportion to the amount of the benefits received, and any remaining amount shall be paid to the student.

If the student has received federal student financial aid funds, the student is entitled to a refund of moneys not paid from federal student financial aid program funds. Students must also complete a Financial Aid Exit interview.

RETURN OF FEDERAL STUDENT AID

The amount of Federal assistance that a student receives and is ultimately retained to cover institutional charges is dictated by Federal Regulations. After the student has attended for sixty (60%) percent of the semester, all Federal student aid received by or on behalf of the student may be retained to cover institutional charges. If a student withdraws from a semester prior to completing sixty (60%) percent of the semester, a pro-rata share of the Federal student aid received must be returned to the aid source within forty-five (45) days of Studio School’s determination of withdrawal, or formal written withdrawal by the student. To determine the amount of

Federal aid to be retained to cover institutional charges, Studio School must divide the number of days of the semester up to an including the student’s last day of attendance, by the total days in the semester. The resulting percentage will be used to determine the pro rata amount of Federal aid to be retained.

Federal student aid refunds must be made in the following priority order.

  1. Unsubsidized Federal Direct Stafford Loan
  2. Subsidized Federal Direct Stafford Loan
  3. Federal Direct PLUS Loan
  4. Federal Pell Grant
  5. FSEOG
  6. Other Federal student aid programs
  7. Other Federal sources of aid
  8. Other state, private, or institutional aid
  9. The student

Students are strongly encouraged to check with school officials prior to officially or unofficially withdrawing.

ENTRANCE + EXIT COUNSELING

Entrance Counseling
Each student will be required to attend an Entrance Counseling session. This is held in a group setting where the Director of Financial Aid or Financial Aid Coordinator will outline:

  1. Types of Direct Loans (Subsidized, Unsubsidized, PLUS)
  2. Annual Loan Limits
  3. Aggregate Loan Limits
  4. Interest
  5. Deferments and Forbearances
  6. Delinquency and Default
  7. Paying Back Your Loan

A Rights and Responsibilities summary checklist will be distributed to the student for their review and signature, and collected for placement in the student’s file. An Entrance Counseling Guide booklet will be distributed to each student for his or her guidance and referral.

Exit Counseling
Each student is required to attend an Exit Counseling session. In the event of an unexpected withdrawal, the student will be contact via phone or letter to set up an appointment. If it is a planned withdrawal, the student will be sent directly to the Financial Aid Office to complete their Exit Counseling immediately.

The graduating class will attend a group session the month prior to their graduation. During the group session the Director of Financial Aid will outline:

  1. Repayment
  2. Avoiding delinquency and default
  3. Deferment and forbearances
  4. Consolidation

A Rights and Responsibilities summary checklist will be distributed to the student for their review and signature, and collected for placement in the student’s file. An Exit Counseling Guide booklet will be distributed to each student for their guidance and referral.

DISABILITY SERVICES

In accordance with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, Studio School does not discriminate on the basis of disability and is committed to providing reasonable accommodations with regard to its programs, activities and facilities to students with a qualified disability. Students are responsible to both self disclose their disability to, and request accommodation from, the Studio School Disability Services Coordinator. Students requesting accommodation with be required to provide verification of their disability in the form of documentation from their health care provider. Verification through documentation from a health care provider is required prior to accommodations being determined and fulfilled. Communicating with faculty or other staff members regarding a disability is not the proper method of informing Studio School regarding a disability and will meet the requirements necessary for documenting a disability or initiating a request for reasonable accommodations. The Studio School Disability Services Coordinator is responsible for managing the verification and accommodation process, including documenting the request for accommodation, requesting verification documentation from the student, collaborating with the student and other necessary parties (faculty, facilities manager, et cetera) to determine the reasonable scope of accommodation under the circumstances, finalizing appropriate student accommodations, and maintaining a record of the student’s disability and accommodation to the extent required by law. Students may contact the Disability Services Coordinator at 310.622.4136 for more information about Studio School Disability Services as well as ADA accessible facility entrances, exits, elevators, and restrooms.

DISCLAIMER

While Studio School has put forth reasonable efforts to ensure that this Consumer Information Guide is accurate and current, it is not a complete record of all information applicable to student aid programs available to current and prospective Studio School students, and as with any document, there may be errors, omissions, or misinterpretations that can be drawn from the summary nature of the contents. Students are advised to also review the Studio School Catalog, Student Handbook, and seek clarification from the appropriate Studio School representatives as necessary or appropriate to inform their understanding of the school, its programs, and student aid. We will make every effort to assure an adequate answer.

OTHER INFORMATION ON THE SCHOOL

The Studio School Catalog can provide students with further information on the School. Additional information including but not limited to placement figures, retention rates, graduation rates, and information regarding tuition and fees can be found on Studio School’s homepage under the “Policies and Disclosures” link.