Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF)

You must pay the state-imposed assessment for the Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) if all the following applies to you:

  1. You are a student in an educational program, who is a California resident, or are enrolled in a residency program and prepay all or part of your tuition either by cash, guaranteed student loans, or personal loans, and
  2. Your total charges are not paid by any third-party payer such as an employer, government program or any other payer unless you have a separate agreement to repay the third party.

The STRF fee has temporarily been reduced to $0.00 for every $1,000 in tuition.

You are not eligible for protection from the STRF and you are not required to pay the STRF assessment, if either of the following applies:

  1. You are not a California resident, or are not enrolled in a residency program, or
  2. Your total charges are paid by a third party, such as an employer, government program or other payer, and you have no separate agreement to repay the third party.

The State of California created the Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) to relieve or mitigate economic losses suffered by students in educational programs who are California residents, or are enrolled in a residency programs attending certain schools regulated by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education.

You may be eligible for STRF if you are a California resident or are enrolled in a residency program, prepaid tuition, paid the STRF assessment, and suffered an economic loss as a result of any of the following:

  1. The school closed before the course of instruction was completed.
  2. The school’s failure to pay refunds or charges on behalf of a student to a third party for license fees or any other purpose, or to provide equipment or materials for which a charge was collected within 180 days before the closure of the school.
  3. The school’s failure to pay or reimburse loan proceeds under a federally guaranteed student loan program as required by law or to pay or reimburse proceeds received by the school prior to closure in excess of tuition and other costs.
  4. There was a material failure to comply with this Act or this Division within 30 days before the school closed or, if the material failure began earlier than 30 days prior to closure, the period determined by the Bureau.
  5. An inability after diligent efforts to prosecute, prove, and collect on a judgment against the institution for a violation of the Act.

However, no claim can be paid to any student without a social security number or a taxpayer identification number.

Tuition Installment Plan

All charges for tuition and fees are due and payable at the beginning of each quarter. Students who are unable to pay the total amount due at registration and have enrolled at least 9 units per quarter, a personalized deferred payment plan may be arranged with TTS Accounting Office. The deferred payment plan is not automatically granted. Student must apply for it. The basic standard arrangement is as follows:

  1. All applicable fees are due at registration.
  2. The tuition portion is divided into three installments. For example, for regular quarters, the first 35% tuition is due at registration. Next 35% is due at the beginning of the third week of the quarter, and the remaining 30% is due at the beginning of the sixth week. For intensive classes or classes scheduled for shorter than 10 weeks, special arrangements should be made with TTS Accounting Office.
  3. Each installment is subject to an additional $7 service charge.
  4. Late payments must be made within 7-calendar-day grace period and are subject to an additional charge of $10.
  5. Failure to make payments within the grace period may be grounds for suspension and he/she will lose all privileges as a student.

For adjustments to the standard installment plan and additional information, students should consult with the TTS Accounting Office.

Tuition Refund Policy

TTS is in compliance with the applicable California Education Codes (#94919-94922) governing tuition refund policy. In order to ensure that all of our students are fully informed on their rights and procedures for recovering tuition, a Student Enrollment Agreement (From 201) and a copy of TTS’s Refund Provisions (see details in the next section) is given to each student during registration.

Procedure

At any time, a student has the right to withdraw from a registered course or may terminate his/her enrollment. In such case, guidelines in the Refund Provisions shall be applied.

In general, the student must deliver a signed and dated written request (Form 240) to the Registrar’s Office in person or by certified mail. TTS will make any refunds due within 30 calendar days from the effective date of cancellation.

Full Refund

When the withdrawal takes place by the end of the second week of instruction, the student is entitled to receive 80% of the amount paid for instructional charges less the non-refundable fees.

If TTS cancels a scheduled course, students enrolled in that course will receive a full refund of tuition.

Pro-rata Refund

If the student withdrawal takes place after the second week but less than 60% of the instruction hours, the student will receive a pro-rata refund for the unused portion of the tuition and other refundable charges.

Tuition Refund Provisions

Student’s right to cancel

The student has the right to cancel and obtain a refund of charges paid through attendance at the first class session, or the seventh day after enrollment, whichever is later.

To cancel, the student must notify TTS with a written notice of cancellation to the Registrar’s Office either in person or by certified mail. The cancellation takes effect when such notice is received. The Registrar will issue a confirmation with the effective cancellation date.

In such case, the student will receive a full refund of all tuition paid. However, the application fee and the registration fees are non-refundable

If TTS has loaned to the student any equipment, books or other materials, the student shall return these on loan items to TTS in good condition within 10 calendar days following the effective date of cancellation. If the student fails to return such loaned items in good condition within the said period, TTS may deduct the documented costs for such items from the refund. Once the student has paid for the loaned items, the student may keep the paid items without further obligation.

Withdrawal From Course

The students have the right to obtain refund when withdrawal takes place at any time up to the 60% completion of the course program. Withdrawal from course takes place when any one of the following occurs:

  1. When the student fills out a petition (Form 240, Add/Drop Petition) and submits the form to Truth Theological Seminary’s Registrar in person or by certified mail. The withdrawal takes effect when the request is received.
  2. When TTS terminates the student’s enrollment.
  3. When the student has failed to attend classes for a three-week period without notifying the attendance officer or making proper arrangements. In this case, the date of withdrawal shall be deemed to be the date of the third absence.

When a student withdraws from an enrolled course during the period allowed for tuition refund, the student is obligated to return TTS the on-loan items in good condition within 10 calendar days following the effective date and to pay only for educational services rendered and for the unreturned on loan items.

Guidelines

  1. TTS will issue a refund to the student within 30 calendar days following the effective cancellation/withdrawal date.
  2. It is the policy of TTS not to pay the refund to any third party payers.
  3. To determine the amount to be refunded, the following formulas will be applied:
    (Amount To Be Refunded) = (Total Amount The Student Paid) – (A) – (B) – (C)

    1. Total of applicable non-refundable fees = ($35 Application fee) + ($25 Registration fees, or $35 when late registration had been charged) + (other late charges)
    2. Costs of unreturned on loan items
    3. (Total Tuition Amount of the Withdrawn Course) / Total Instruction Hours of The Course) * (Total Hours The Instruction Completed)

    The following table illustrates the tuition refund scale:

    Until the End of1st week2nd week3rd week4th week5th week6th week7th week
    % Of Completed Instruction10%20%30%40%50%60%70%
    Refund Portion100%80%70%60%50%40%0%

    Since the D.Min. Program operates on an intensive lecture format, the following table illustrates the tuition refund scale for the Doctor of Ministry Program:

    Until the End of1st week2nd week3rd week4th week5th week6th week7th week
    % Of Completed Instruction10%20%30%40%50%60%70%
    Refund Portion100%80%70%60%50%40%0%
  4. When the amount to be refund is a negative figure after the above calculation, the figure is the amount the student owes TTS. The Financial Officer will notify the student about the amount due to make arrangements for payment.
  5. It is the student’s obligation to pay off any amount due TTS.