This module only applies to a very specific group of students attending schools in Washington State. If you are not attending one of the following types of institutions, feel free to skip to the next module
- Institution authorized by the Washington Student Achievement Council: Does not apply to public institutions in Washington State, Independent Colleges of Washington, continuously exempt institutions, religiously exempt institutions, or legislatively endorsed colleges (definitions and examples can be found at the above hyperlink)
- Private career school licensed by the Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board
- Cosmetology school licensed by the Department of Licensing
If you attended a licensed private career school, cosmetology school, or another qualifying institution, you may be able to recover some of your lost tuition or fees in certain situations including:
- Abrupt school closure
- Unfair business practices
- Or another loss of tuition or fees due to discontinued training or classes at a cosmetology school
To learn more about state-based tuition recovery, whether you qualify, and how to apply, take a look though this brief module!
I attended one of the schools you mentioned. Am I eligible for tuition recovery?
You may be able to get relief for lost tuition or fees under the following circumstances:
- You attended one of the schools described above and suffered losses related to the school’s abrupt closure
- You attended a school authorized by WSAC or licensed by the Workforce Board and suffered a loss of tuition or fees as a result of an unfair business practice (for example, the school provided misleading or deceptive information).
- You attended a cosmetology school licensed by the DOL and suffered a loss of tuition or fees because instruction was discontinued after training began or a class was cancelled
What is the process to obtain tuition relief if I think I’m eligible?
If you think you are eligible for state-based tuition recovery, the first step is to go through the complaint resolution process at your school (if the school is still operating). If you are still not satisfied after exhausting your complaint options at the school, you can submit a complaint to the Washington State Student Complaint Portal.
Check Your Understanding
#1. I attend a school that is not included on the lists provided in this section. Can I still qualify for this form of relief?
The correct answer is False: these programs only apply to certain schools.
#2. If I receive a grade that was unfair, can I get a refund?
#3. What should I do before submitting a complaint?
Nicely done! It looks like you really understand this module!
If you are still a little confused, you may want to review this module.
WA Student Complaint Portal
WAC 250-61-190 (Complaints against schools authorized by WSAC)
WAC 250-61-145 (WSAC Tuition Recovery Trust Fund)
WAC 490-105-180 (Complaints against schools licensed by WTECB)
WAC 490-105-080 (WTECB Tuition Recovery Trust Fund)
WAC 308-20-573 (Refunds to students enrolled at cosmetology schools licensed by the Department of Licensing)
WAC 308-20-580 (Department of Licensing Tuition Recovery Trust Fund)