Tuition Refund Policy

Tuition refunds are processed according to the Wisconsin Technical College System Refund Policy for program, material and activity fees. Refunds are applicable only from the date the student formally drops a class(es).

Tuition refunds for dropped or cancelled classes are processed every Monday. If you paid for your classes by cash, check, credit or debit card at a Student Services Center on campus, a refund check will be mailed to you. No exceptions. Please update your address on My Gateway | User Account | Change Address/Phone/Email.

If you paid for your classes through My Gateway with a credit or debit card, your card will be credited the appropriate refund amount. Refunds are processed as quickly as possible. Credit or debit card refunds should appear on your card within 10-14 business days.

Refunds for Canceled Classes

A student is entitled to a full refund of all tuition and fees paid for a class if Gateway Technical College cancels the class.

Refunds for Dropped Classes

Refunds for cancelled classes
Refund Schedule Timeline Refer To Effect

Drop

Before the first class meeting
Online classes* start (are available for study) at 12:01 am the first day. Drops for online classes must be completed before the first day of class in order to receive a 100% refund.

Last Refund Drop Date column on the front side of student’s class schedule

100% Refund

Drop

1-10% of class meetings elapsed

Last Refund Drop Date column on the front side of student’s class schedule

80% Refund

Drop

11-20% of class meeting elapsed

Last Refund Drop Date column on the front side of student’s class schedule

60% Refund

Withdrawal

21-80% of class meetings elapsed

Contact Student Services for withdrawal dates, instructions, and information

No Refund

Non-attendance/Instructor Drops

Definition: Student doesn’t attend or discontinues attendance without completing and submitting drop or withdrawal paperwork.

No Refund

*Online Courses 
Online courses including internet asynchronous, hybrid, and blended courses begin at 12:01 AM of the first day. Drops for online classes must be completed before the first day of class in order to receive a 100% refund.

No Refund for Instructor Drops

A student who registers for a class but who fails to attend, or stops attending during the refund period without dropping, may be dropped by the instructor. As an instructor drop is administrative and not student initiated, the student is not eligible to receive a refund.

No Refund for Withdrawals

No refund is made when a student withdraws from a class. Students withdraw from classes after the refund period has ended; i.e., after 20% of the class meeting times have elapsed.

Late Registration Process Refunds

Refunds for students who enter a class late and subsequently drop will be calculated based upon the start date of the class, not the date the student registered for the class. See the refund schedule above for details.