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Refund & Withdrawal Policy


Refunds will only be made under the following circumstances:

  • A 100 percent refund will be made if you officially withdraw from a class either prior to the first day of the semester/session or if College of The Albemarle (COA) cancels the class.
  • A 75 percent refund will be made if you officially withdraw from a class prior to or on the 10 percent completion point of the class.
  • A 100 percent refund of tuition and fees will be granted to military reserve and National Guard personnel called to active duty, as well as to active duty personnel who’ve received temporary or permanent reassignments as a result of military operations taking place outside the state of North Carolina, making it impossible to complete class requirements at COA.


You may withdraw from a class after 10 percent completion but prior to 75 percent completion, resulting in a grade of “W”. Please speak with your instructor before withdrawing from a class. If you’re unable to reach an instructor, please contact an advisor at your campus to complete a withdrawal form.

If you withdraw from COA or from selected classes after the refund period, you may withdraw without a grade penalty up to the deadline.

Financial aid recipients should speak with the Financial Aid Office before withdrawing as it could affect current or future federal aid eligibility. In compliance with applicable federal regulations regarding refunds, federal regulations supersede state refund regulations stated in this rule.

In the event of death prior to or on the last day of a semester, all tuition and fees for that semester may be refunded to the estate of the deceased.

COA won’t provide refunds for textbooks. Please contact the bookstore for textbook buyback policies.