- Bookstore Purchase Dates
The DCC Castle Bookstore charge period typically starts two weeks prior to the first day of class and ends the last day to drop a class with a full tuition refund. If you must drop your classes, please return your book purchases for any available credit.
- Financial Aid Disbursements
Fall financial aid disbursements for students who are enrolled in regular term courses and who have no outstanding document requests from the financial aid office will begin in mid-to-late September.
Spring financial aid disbursements for students who are enrolled in regular term courses and who have no outstanding document requests from the financial aid office will begin early February.
Summer financial aid disbursements are typically late June to early July due to the need to the second session courses.
Students with remaining aid balances after tuition and fees are paid in full and after bookstore purchases have been deducted will receive the remaining balance in the form of a check, direct deposit, or debit card each semester. This depends on the refund option you have chosen to receive refunds from the College. Prior to processing remaining balances, the College must ensure that students have begun classes and have not been reported for non-attendance. Financial aid is adjusted and disbursed for students who are less than full-time to pay charges (e.g., tuition, fees, books). Once all charges are paid, any remaining credit balance is then prepared for a refund issued to the student.
The last day to drop with a refund must pass prior to disbursement. After the initial disbursement dates, the College will process new disbursements approximately once a week throughout the semester as awards are made. Students enrolled in late starting classes will have their disbursements held until after the add / drop period for those classes. Please check your address in the Student Information System (SIS) to be sure the correct mailing address is on file. Incorrect mailing addresses will cause a delay in receiving your refund.
Refunds will be made to students whose financial aid exceeds the amount of their tuition and bookstore charges as follows:
- Fall – Starting Late September
- Spring – Starting Mid to Late February
- Summer – Starting Late June/Early July
DCC has contracted with Tuition Management Services (TMS) to process tuition reimbursements (revenue refunds, financial aid balance checks, and payment plan refunds) to students electronically. Your refund will be posted to your account in as little as 3-5 business days with the Reloadable DCC Visa Prepaid Educate card (reloadable debit card), and in as few as 4-6 days with the ACH (direct deposit to checking or savings) option after the refund is posted in SIS. You will receive an alert when funds are posted to your account
- Outstanding Tuition Charges
Outstanding tuition charges for any student whose aid does not cover his or her entire tuition and fee charges and who is not participating in a payment plan is due immediately and in full.
- Late-Starting Classes
If you are in all late-starting courses (second 8 or 10 week or later MTT term courses), refunds will not begin until 3-4 weeks after the last day to drop courses for your latest starting term.
- Fall-Only Loans
Students who have borrowed fall-only loans will see the first half disbursed during the regular disbursement period and the second half after the midpoint of the semester.