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Bit of an odd question, but... (college) - October 26th 2009, 02:21 AM

Does anyone know how colleges handle tuition/fees in the case of the death of a currently enrolled student? E.g. if someone at a college died halfway through a semester, and their parents were paying for it, would there be any sort of refund on tuition for later semesters?

Dumb question, I know. My knowledge of college is a bit limited at the moment (I'm 17.)
   
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Re: Bit of an odd question, but... (college) - October 26th 2009, 04:05 AM

I would guess the school will stop charging them for the tuition. I mean the student will no longer go to school, why keep charging them.
At least in my school, students have an insurance that doesn't charge the parents for the tuition.


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Re: Bit of an odd question, but... (college) - October 26th 2009, 04:13 AM

My guess is that each college is different. Some might pay you back for the entire year since the person never finished the year, others just might have you stop paying after the incident. I'd call the school and ask if you really need details.


   
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Re: Bit of an odd question, but... (college) - October 26th 2009, 04:26 AM

I think it'd be analogous to a student who attends part of the first semester then leaves, so depending when they leave or die, they may get some money back. On the other hand, the university may have different policies for the death of a student.
   
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Re: Bit of an odd question, but... (college) - October 30th 2009, 05:35 AM

I would assume that it's between the school and the student. I can't easily find my uni's policy on it, but I suppose you could call the college in question and ask. We have, unfortunately, already had a couple of deaths this semester so it must be a developed policy...

.. however I can't help but imagine that if my kid died in college, I would not care in a least about tuition... and think that this is a terribly strange train of thought?


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Re: Bit of an odd question, but... (college) - October 30th 2009, 05:14 PM

I would guess that they would stop charging tuition, there would be no point in paying it since the person would be gone, but I don't think they give refunds for the semesters the student attended. I know your federal loans are cancelled.
   
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Re: Bit of an odd question, but... (college) - November 4th 2009, 07:19 AM

Thanks for the responses! One more thing I forgot to add - how would student loans be handled if the student died? Sorry I'm asking here, but I'm not really sure where to look.

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Aye, I'm sure most parents would be pretty sad if their kid died in college; I'm also sure most of those would be sadder still if they became destitute as well.
   
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Re: Bit of an odd question, but... (college) - November 4th 2009, 05:32 PM

I know your federal student loans are cancelled meaning you don't owe anything on them anymore, I would assume it works the same way if you have a loan through your school, but it would be hard to say.
   
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Re: Bit of an odd question, but... (college) - November 4th 2009, 06:14 PM

Can I simply ask,

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Re: Bit of an odd question, but... (college) - November 4th 2009, 08:14 PM

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Re: Bit of an odd question, but... (college) - November 6th 2009, 12:02 AM

Thanks again. I'm not in college yet, and I like to keep my options open for the future - suicide, in this case, though it's more of a last resort, quite low on the list. I couldn't undertake such an action unless the benefits (not being alive) exceeded the costs (family grieving, etc.) Minimizing these costs would require a hell of a lot of persuasion to get my family and close friends to understand position, but I don't think it's impossible.

Sorry for not stating that upfront, but I think it might have slightly distracted people from my question
   
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Re: Bit of an odd question, but... (college) - November 6th 2009, 12:17 AM

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Thanks again. I'm not in college yet, and I like to keep my options open for the future - suicide, in this case, though it's more of a last resort, quite low on the list. I couldn't undertake such an action unless the benefits (not being alive) exceeded the costs (family grieving, etc.) Minimizing these costs would require a hell of a lot of persuasion to get my family and close friends to understand position, but I don't think it's impossible.

Sorry for not stating that upfront, but I think it might have slightly distracted people from my question
well i don't think suicide is ever a solution to problems.. although it seems like you do see that because you talk about the grief it would cause your family. if you ever do have suicidal thoughts - please don't keep it to yourself. there is help out there.


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Re: Bit of an odd question, but... (college) - November 6th 2009, 04:12 PM

Believe me, if you did commit suicide, the last thing your family will care about is college fees. Do them a favour and cross suicide off your list.
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Re: Bit of an odd question, but... (college) - November 7th 2009, 11:53 AM

Hey there.

I agree with the above posters. Honestly, getting your fee money back would not help your parents in the slightest. It'd probably even make it harder on them because they weren't supposed to get that money back. It was supposed to pay towards your future, a future which you decided to take away from yourself.

If you're so worried about it being so hard on your family, then don't do it! You can prevent all that pain and grieving. Suicide really isn't the answer.

Go to college and get yourself a good education, move onto a good career. Make your life good for yourself and there will be no need to end it. [:

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