Refund Policies and Procedures

It is the student's responsibility to apply for a refund.  A student is eligible for a refund after classes have been officially dropped.  Classes must be dropped by the appropriate deadline for the session in order to be eligible for a refund.  Stated deadlines are not adjusted due to late enrollment.  See the “Add/Drop  Dates” for specific deadlines. 


A student is eligible for a refund if:  

  1. classes are dropped by the required deadline
  2. the program change is the result of action taken by the college to cancel or reschedule a class
  3. the student is dropped for failure to meet a prerequisite(s) or corequisite(s)
  4. the student is active or reserve U.S. Military personnel who withdrew due to military orders

The above listed eligible students may submit a Refund Request form for a refund of their enrollment fee(s).  A refund will not be processed if academic credit has been awarded for the class.  

To request a refund, a student may:

  1. Visit the Admissions, Records & Services office and submit a Refund Request form
  2. Submit the Refund Request form to

Eligible refunds will be mailed in approximately four to six weeks after the Refund Request form is processed.  The refund will be mailed to the mailing address on file.

A check is the only form of payment that Cerritos College uses to issue refunds.  If a payment is made by credit card for any registration transaction, and you later drop any or all of your classes within the required refund period, we will NOT credit your credit card account.  All refunds checks are made payable to the student.


  1. Enrollment Fees, Non-Resident and International Student Tuition, and Student Health Fees will be refunded if classes are dropped before the deadline. 
  2. Student Activity Fee will be refunded if classes are dropped before the deadline. Surrender your Student Activity Card when you apply for a refund.
  3. There is a one-year limit on refunds. Students seeking a refund must meet requirements from items #1 and #2 above. For more information about refunds, please refer to Refund Policies and Procedures.

Refunds are made pursuant to the State of California Education Code, Section 58501 or 58501.1, for program changes made during the first two weeks of instruction for a primary term-length course (18 weeks) or by the ten percent point of the length of a short-term course (15 weeks, 9 weeks, 6 weeks, etc.) Example: 9 weeks class x 5 working days = 45 x 10% = 4.5 The result is rounded to allow 5 days to drop a class and be eligible for a refund.