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Dropped online class before starting it, still wanting a payment

goMets123goMets123 Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
So I signed up to take an online class at a community college over the summer. I didn't pay immediately because I did not know if I wanted to take the class for sure. About a week before the class started, I decided that I did not want to take the course. I unfortunately got super busy with work, a funeral, military business, and I never got to dropping the course until a day after the course started. Hours after I dropped the course, I received an email saying that I need to pay a late fee on top of 50% of what the course costs (even though I dropped it and never started it). In addition to that, they said they sent me two warning emails (which they never actually did).

The total cost is over $1000 and the situation does not seem fair (yes, I know life isn't fair). I wasn't even allowed to access the course (because I didn't pay) so I don't see why they are charging me so much in the first place. The college is charging me for something I didn't even take. I said that I would be willing to pay the late fee (because I understand I took way too long to drop the course), but no response yet. Is the college in the right to charge so much money for a course that I didn't even start? It almost makes me want to pay the late fee and ignore the rest. What would happen if I do that? Any advice? Is it worth just paying up..?

Replies to: Dropped online class before starting it, still wanting a payment

  • TomSrOfBostonTomSrOfBoston Registered User Posts: 9,869 Senior Member
    What is the school's policy on course withdrawal? it would say so on the website. If you don't withdraw by the deadline you have to pay.
  • goMets123goMets123 Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
    edited June 18
    If you withdraw on the first day of the summer session, 100% refund. If you withdraw on the second day of the summer session, 50% refund.
  • TomSrOfBostonTomSrOfBoston Registered User Posts: 9,869 Senior Member
    If their policy says they can do it then they can.
  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Registered User Posts: 81,895 Senior Member
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    never got to dropping the course until a day after the course started.
    >>>

    You owe the money.

    Look at it from their perspective: they've hired a prof to teach the class. They have to pay that person.
  • romanigypsyeyesromanigypsyeyes Registered User Posts: 31,251 Senior Member
    What isn't fair? They had an explicit policy and now they're enforcing that. Very straight-forward.
  • goMets123goMets123 Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
    edited June 18
    So it's fair to have me pay over $1000 dollars for a course that I'm not even taking? To claim to send out multiple emails about the dates when they really never sent any emails? They notified me of the 50% refund on the day of the 50% refund. Fair? I don't think so but it's one way to get money from students.
  • thumper1thumper1 Registered User Posts: 60,805 Senior Member
    Go into the bursars office and talk to someone there. If the funeral and military business were required...not elective (funeral,was a family member...military was required with no internet access)...take documentation of this with you...and see if they will adjust for your lack of meeting the deadline.
  • billcshobillcsho Registered User Posts: 15,523 Senior Member
    edited June 19
    If the class has limited seat, is it fair that you hold a seat and do not pay anything? You are late to drop the class and you owe them money. It does not matter if they send you the email or not.
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