Whereas Ashfield College understands that unforeseen circumstances may compel a student to withdraw from a course, the College makes decisions as to resource levels for a course, (including teaching resources), based upon the number of students who register for it at the commencement of the course. Accordingly, only in very exceptional circumstances, will the college consider refunding a part of any fees paid.

Policy

Non-Refundable Deposit

If a student wishes to accept a place in Ashfield College, a deposit of €950 is payable. The deposit of €950 will be credited against the initial year’s fee payments. In the event of a student withdrawing after paying the deposit, for any reason, before commencement of the school year, (Day 1 = Orientation Day), Ashfield College will refund €700 less €250 administration fee. If the student leaves after the commencement of the academic year, (Day 1 = Orientation Day), the deposit is non-refundable.

Late Payments

Ashfield College will engage with those who have failed to make a payment in order to afford opportunity to resolve the matter. Thereafter, the school may refer the matter to our solicitors. In addition, the school reserves the right to cancel a student’s place during the course of the school year in the event of unresolved non-payment of school fees.

Transfer from 5th Year in to 6th Year

Non payment of fees will also affect transfer from 5th Year in to 6th Year. Students will not be permitted to transfer in to 6th Year from 5th Year, if any fees are outstanding.

Cancellation

Cancellation of school places, in writing to the Principal, must be received prior to the first day of the school academic year, (Day 1 = Orientation Day), otherwise full fees are payable (subject to Exceptional/Medical Circumstances).

Exceptional Circumstances/Medical Circumstances

The College accepts no obligation to refund any fee or part of any fee paid in respect of any programme or service provided by the College.

Where a student has to withdraw from a programme and the withdrawal is due to Exceptional Circumstances/Medical Circumstances which are beyond the student’s control, a partial refund of the fee paid may be considered by the College. In these situations, an application for a refund must be accompanied by a medical certificate, on headed notepaper from an appropriate medical practitioner. The medical circumstances must be so, that they are likely to significantly impact upon the student’s ability to successfully follow the course, and where, medical advice recommends for the student to withdraw from the programme. Where, in the circumstances detailed above, a student does not attend any instruction, or where a student commences classes, but withdraws before the third week of a programme of study, (where Day 1 = Orientation Day), part of the fee paid may be refunded. Applications for such refunds must be addressed to the Principal and must be supported by medical evidence as documented above.

Extenuating Circumstances that may be considered, though used here by way of example only, and without any commitment by the College to consider such circumstances as extenuating in any particular case, are as follows:

serious illness of student or member of proximate family
death of a member of student’s proximate family
As an alternative to claiming a refund, any student may ask to defer their registration on a programme of study to a later date.

Please note, that the information contained in this policy, is neither conclusive nor exhaustive, and Ashfield College reserve the right to substitute alternative arrangements where it deems necessary.