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How long to get finincial aid refund (CC vs University)?

inspiringmindinspiringmind Posts: 63Registered User Junior Member
Both time I went to school before were at CC's and I always got my refund check before classes started giving me money to get my supplies and books. Now I am going to a regional campus of a University (Kent State) and it seems more likely that they seem to be saying that even though they get the money from the DOE on August 21st that I may not have the refund part before classes actually start. The reason I think this is that I got an email from the financial aid department that says that I can add some of the extra funds before it gets dispersed to my bank account to my school card (It works like a debit card on campus) this week, but it says something about doing this at the main campus (which is no where near me) so does that mean I can go to my regional campus and do the same thing or should I expect the money to be in my bank account before classes start? I checked my financial aid online and it says that my tuition has been paid already and has the net amount of the refund. I know they say that if you are a first time student that you may not get your refund till up to 2 or 3 weeks after the semester starts, which doesn't apply to me since I am a returning college student (Starting as a sophomore) so should it be like the last two times I went to college and I will get the refund before classes actually start?

When do you all actually get your refunds? (If you get one?) and are CC different then Universities/Regional campuses of universities?

I am going to go to my campus tomorrow and ask if I can get some of the funds on my card to use but was wondering if anyone could explain this.
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Replies to: How long to get finincial aid refund (CC vs University)?

  • swimcatsmomswimcatsmom Posts: 15,013Registered User Senior Member
    Every school is different.

    Ours are the opposite speedwise though neither pays the refund before classes start (I did not realize they were allowed to do that). The large state U my daughter goes to processes the refunds more quickly. Usually within 2 weeks of class starting. The CC my son goes to is really slow - takes about 6 weeks. I think it may be because the CC had a problem in the past with a lot of students dropping out during the semester and funds having to be repaid. To buy books or other supplies off campus both kids need other funds as they do not receive the refunds in time to do this.

    Only your school can tell you how they do it. If you can find the page for the bursars office it will probably tell you there.
  • kelsmomkelsmom Posts: 12,539Super Moderator Senior Member
    We disburse funds one week prior to classes & refunds are direct deposited into students' checking accounts a couple days later. Of course, if the student drops all classes, he owes it all back.
  • TrinSFTrinSF Posts: 1,482Registered User Senior Member
    Every school is different. My big state U direct deposits the money in my account in the first day or so of school. My son's top LAC gives him a check 2-3 weeks after school starts. His school allows him to buy books "on account" in the bookstore, though, and pay for them when his check comes in.
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