Tuition Refund

Refunds are made to students only after the student files an  official drop from the course during the scheduled refund period. Students are entitled  to 100% of their tuition; however, the student support fee is non-refundable. Failure to attend class does not constitute an official  drop. Failure to obtain official release may result in failing grades in all  subjects and a deprivation of tuition privileges in effect at the time of drop.  Refunds are mailed to the student at the current address on file or the student  may opt for direct deposit of their refund. Students are responsible for maintaining a current  mailing address with the College. Refunds for payments made online or at the campusStudent Accounts Office will be issued back to the credit card account.  All other refunds are issued by check or  e-check (direct deposit) to the student. For additional information about direct  deposit refunds, see E-Check Direct Deposit FAQ.

In the event of a drop occasioned by extenuating circumstances  such as serious illness or a mandatory work-shift change, a student may be refunded  50% of the tuition ONLY. Documentation indicating that the circumstances of the drop occurred prior to the last two weeks of the semester must be submitted during that session using the Petition for Tuition Refund form.

If the student paid tuition and/or fees entirely out of personal funds and received no financial aid funds, any refund will go directly to the student.

Last Day for 100% Tuition  Refund (no refund after this day)      

All drop deadlines can be viewed by clicking on the specific class section in MyOCC.

Note: The non-refundable Student Support Fee is assessed when you register. If you drop classes or are dropped from classes for  non-payment, you are still responsible for this fee.

15-week or longer classes............................ Close of 6th business day from the start of the class*
13-week through 14-week classes.............. Close of 5th business day from the start of the class*
10-week through 12-week classes.............. Close of 4th business day from the start of the class*
7-week through 9-week classes ................. Close of 3rd business day from the start of the class*
4-week through 6-week classes.................. Close of 2nd business day from the start of the class*
2-week through 3-week classes.................. Close of 1st business day from the start of the class*
1-week classes................................................ Prior to 1st class meeting

* The first day a class meets is considered  the first business day. A business day is any day that Enrollment Services is open  for business. 


If the last day for 100% refund falls on a Friday, students may drop classes online through Sunday night, remaining eligible for 100% refund.

Tuition Refund Dates

Refunds for credit card payments made online and at the campus Cashiers Office are issued to the credit card account provided.  All other refunds are issued by check or e-check (direct deposit) to the student regardless of the original source of the payment (e.g. a third party such as a parent, relative or spouse).  Students may receive their refund electronically by direct deposit to the bank/credit union account of their choice.  Refund checks are mailed to the student at the current address on file.

Student refunds are scheduled to be processed on the dates listed below for the semester indicated.  Students who want to receive their refund via direct deposit should submit their banking information at least 5 business days before the OCC Mailing Date.

It can take 1 - 5 business days for students to receive a direct-deposit refund and 7 - 10 days for paper checks to be delivered by the U.S. Postal Service.

Checks may be late due to processing delays, incorrect mailing addresses and general postal delays.  It is the student's responsibility to maintain a current address at OCC.  If you don't receive a check within 10 business days of the OCC Mailing Dates, go to the campus Cashiers Office to find out the status and start the process to obtain a replacement check.  For more information about direct deposit refunds, see E-Check Direct Deposit FAQ.

Summer 2021 - Student Refund Dates

OCC Mailing Date  
May 28, 2021  
June 11, 2021  
June 18, 2021 Includes 1st Loan Disbursement
June 25, 2021  
July 9, 2021 Includes 2nd Loan Disbursement
July 23, 2021  
August 6, 2021  
August 20, 2021  

Return of Federal (Title IV) Funds

Financial assistance recipients MUST notify Student Financial Resources and Scholarships immediately when there is a change in enrollment status.

If a student receiving Title IV aid completely withdraws from all classes before completing 60% of the term, OCC's Office of Student Financial Resources and Scholarships is required to determine how much financial aid has been earned up to the date of withdrawal. Unearned Title IV funds must be returned by OCC and the student (depending on the calculation) to the federal government.

Once a student is enrolled for more than 60% of the semester, the student has earned the federal financial assistance.  Students who withdraw from all of their classes prior to 60% of the semester will have their financial assistance recalculated based on the percentage of the term completed.

Order of Return of Federal Funds

Funds must be returned to the following federal programs in the following order:

  1. Unsubsidized Direct Stafford loans (other than PLUS loans)
  2. Subsidized Direct Stafford loans
  3. Federal Perkins Loans
  4. Federal PLUS loans
  5. Direct PLUS loans
  6. Federal Pell Grants for which a Return is required
  7. Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG) for which a return of funds is required
  8. Federal TEACH Grants for which a Return is required
  9. Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant for which a Return is required

A financial assistance award may be reduced or cancelled when a student receives an "N" mark for a class or classes, and the student will be responsible for any outstanding balance owed to the federal government and to OCC. If the student doesn't pay the amount owed, the student will be ineligible for further financial assistance from any postsecondary institution that participates in the Title IV (federal) financial aid programs.

Withdrawal from classes

Withdrawing/dropping from classes and/or never attending classes may also affect the student's academic progress and result in termination of financial assistance. Students who decide to withdraw/drop classes must drop the class online through their MyOCC account or complete the "Course Drop Request" form and submit it to Enrollment Services during regular business hours.  OCC encourages students to contact the Student Financial Resources and Scholarships office before changing enrollment status. The financial aid staff can provide additional information which will assist the student in making an informed decision. 


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2900 Featherstone Road
Room B-227
Auburn Hills, MI 48326-2845
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27055 Orchard Lake Road
Room M-207
Farmington Hills, MI 48334-4579
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22322 Rutland Drive
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Southfield, MI 48075-4793
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7350 Cooley Lake Road
Woodland Hall 260
Waterford, MI 48327-4187
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739 South Washington
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Royal Oak, MI 48067-3898
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