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You must report to BIA and register before your session start date; we will contact you to schedule an appointment. Please be prepared to take the placement test (approximately 1 hour). You must bring your passport and visa, signed I-20 form, and tuition payment.
Students are NOT required to have health insurance. However, we strongly encourage all students to purchase an insurance plan because most insurance plans purchased overseas are not valid in the United States. Refer to companies such as PSI International Student & Scholar Health Insurance which specialize in international student insurance.
We accept: cash, personal US checks, traveler’s checks, bank drafts, credit cards (Visa, MasterCard) or wire transfers. Tuition payments received after the end of the first week of the session will be assessed a $50 late fee. Please note that all wire transfer payments will be charged an additional $20 service fee.
Although BIA does not offer housing, we do offer a Homestay program and apartment options (courtesy of ESL Townhouse). Please let us know if you are interested in receiving more information about Homestays or apartments. Please note that a separate housing agreement must be signed before enrolling.
In order to lawfully maintain F-1 visa status, all students are required to maintain full-time course status, keep a minimum attendance rate of 80%, and hold a valid passport and I-20 at all times. Students must not except employment without valid authorization and are required to abide by the school’s transfer procedure. Students must meet the minimum requirements of satisfactory student progress or risk expulsion from the program. Students who completed their program of study (the period they registered for) have a grace period of 60 days to leave the country, or transfer, after their last date of attendance. Students who’ve taken a grace period may not return to studies at BIA upon completion of said grace period and are required to transfer, or leave the country; they can also obtain an initial I-20, repay the I-901 fee and re-enter the US if they choose to. Withdrawn students who do not complete their program will be terminated for one of the following reasons that best apply to their situation: an authorized early withdrawal in which the student must leave the country within 15 days, or an unauthorized early withdrawal which would require the student to file for reinstatement at a different school or leave the country as soon as possible. Transfer students must register for the next available session at the school of their choice, or start classes within 5 months of their last date of attendance, whichever is sooner. Students cannot sign up for a later session, and take vacation in the meantime.
Please refer to our Tuition & Fees page for the price of your tuition.
In the event of illness or injury, I authorize medical treatment and release of medical information for medical treatment and insurance purposes. I accept responsibility for medical expenses outside the limits of my health insurance. I declare this statement to be true and understand I may be expelled if this statement is false.
I understand that I will need at least US $1,200 for living expenses each month in addition to the tuition cost at BIA. I agree to be responsible for these expenses. I declare this statement to be true and understand I may be expelled if this statement is false.
Refund Requests: All refund and withdrawal requests may be submitted verbally or in writing by mail, in person (using a withdrawal request form), or by electronic mail at [email protected]
Basis for Refund: Tuition refunds are based on all money received by the school from the student and the period of financial obligation, meaning the period for which the student is legally obligated to pay (capped at a maximum 12-month period). The school’s refund policy will be applied equally and fairly to all students. For all refunds, a refund calculation form will be used to determine (in accordance with this policy) the refund amount owed to any student who cancels, withdraws, or is terminated from the school.
A cancellation is defined as a student who never attends classes at the school after enrolling and informs the school in advance. A no-show is a student who never attends class at the school after enrolling and does not inform the school.
Program Cancellation by the School: If the school cancels a class prior to the student’s enrollment, the school will refund all money paid by the student including all non-refundable charges; this type of refund will be issued within 30 calendar days of the cancellation date.
Cancellation by the Student Prior to Class Start-Date, or No-Show: Except under the exception noted below, students accepted by the school who cancel their enrollment before the first day of class (or fail to attend any classes, i.e. no-show) will be issued a full refund of all tuition prepaid, minus any actual housing costs incurred by the school and minus the non-refundable charges stipulated in the enrollment agreement (capped at a maximum total of $500).
Exception: However, if an applicant accepted by the school enters the United States on an I-20 form obtained through the school and cancels their enrollment prior to the scheduled start date of classes (or never attends class, i.e. no show), portions of any prepaid tuition/fees will be retained by the school in the following ways:
-Students with an enrollment period of less than 12 weeks will be charged four weeks of tuition, any actual housing costs incurred by the school, and all non-refundable charges stipulated in the enrollment agreement (capped at a maximum total of $500).
-For an enrollment period of 12 weeks or more, the school will retain six weeks of tuition, any actual housing costs incurred by the school, and all non-refundable charges stipulated in the enrollment agreement (capped at a maximum total of $500).
Determining No-Show Status: In the event that no notice of cancellation (written or verbal) is provided, the school will consider the student a no-show after being absent for 7 consecutive school days (excluding any scheduled school breaks).
Due Date of Refund: In the event that a student fails to attend class (no-show) or cancels their enrollment prior to the class start date, a refund will be issued within 30 days of the first scheduled class date or the cancellation date (whichever is earlier) minus any applicable non-refundable fees stated in the enrollment agreement (capped at $500). If a class is cancelled by the school prior to enrollment, a full refund of all tuition and non-refundable fees will be made within 30 calendar days of the cancellation date.
If you are a student applying for an F-1 visa outside the U.S. and your visa is denied, you may, within 30 days of the scheduled start date, defer your start date. Students whose visas are rejected are entitled to receive a full refund for any tuition prepaid, not including any non-refundable charges (capped at $500) stipulated in the enrollment agreement. Students who are rejected for enrollment by the school will be refunded any tuition paid, not including non-refundable charges (capped at $500) stipulated in the enrollment agreement.
A withdrawal is defined as a student who has attended at least one class, but does not complete the program they’ve registered to take. An enrollment period is the period for which a student has registered for classes. In the event of a withdrawal, refunds are based on the student’s last date of attendance at the school, meaning the last date the student attended classes. When determining the number of weeks completed by the student, partial weeks are considered the same as if a whole week were completed, provided the student was present at least one day during the scheduled week.
During First Period of Financial Obligation
Within First 4 Weeks: For students whose last day of attendance occurs during any point within the first four weeks of the initial period of financial obligation, the school will retain all tuition charges applicable to the first four weeks.
Before or at Midpoint: If the last date of attendance occurs after the first four weeks but before or at the mid-point of the period of financial obligation, the school will retain a prorated amount of tuition.
After the Midpoint: If the last date of attendance occurs after the midpoint, the school will retain all of the charges for that period. Any tuition paid for the balance of the program will be refunded in full.
Subsequent Periods of Financial Obligation or Enrollment Periods
Before or at Midpoint: For students who have completed the first period of financial obligation (or extended their enrollment) but whose last date of attendance occurs before or at the midpoint of any subsequent period of financial obligation, the school will retain a prorated amount of tuition for that period.
After Midpoint: For students whose last date of attendance occurs after the midpoint of any subsequent period of financial obligation, the school will retain all of the tuition for that period. Any tuition paid for the balance of the program will be refunded in full. Any tuition paid for the balance of the program will be refunded in full.
Determining Administrative Withdrawals: In the event that no notice of withdrawal (written or verbal) is provided, the school will automatically administratively withdraw a student after they have been absent for 7 consecutive school days (excluding any scheduled school breaks), and the school will complete a refund calculation on behalf of the student.
Due Date of Refund: For enrolled students who withdraw from classes, refunds will be calculated using the last date of attendance and will be paid within 30 calendar days from the documented date of determination – meaning, the date the student gives notice of their withdrawal OR the date the student is administratively withdrawn by the school. Students who provide advance notice of withdrawal such that the 30-day window ends before the last date of attendance, the refund will be paid within 30 calendar days from the last date of attendance. Prorated refunds will be calculated on a weekly basis; partial weeks are the same as if a whole week were completed, provided the student was present at least one day during the scheduled week.
For students receiving a seasonal promotion or bulk discount refunds will be subject to the non-discounted pricing structure in the event that the terms of the discount were not met.
For students who are terminated due to violation(s) of school policy, refunds will be issued to students in accordance with the withdrawal policy stated above. Refunds will be calculated using the last date of attendance and will be paid within 30 calendar days of the documented date of determination – meaning, the date the student was terminated due to violation of the school’s policies.
The school does not keep unclaimed balances; it makes every attempt to locate the student and make refund, or make the refund to the student’s agent if applicable (in the event that payments were initially issued to the agent directly).
Students who work with a recruiting agent will be subject to the rules outlined in this refund policy. If a student initially paid their tuition and enrollment fees directly to their agent, their refund will be made directly to the agent on behalf of the student; documentation of this type of refund will be sent to the student. If a student working with an agent originally submitted their tuition payment directly to BIA, the refund will be issued directly to the student.
Non-refundable charges include the $150 application fee, $250 deposit, and any other optional enrollment fee paid; these are explicitly stated as non-refundable in the enrollment agreement and are capped at a maximum of $500. For housing fee refund details, please see the Housing Agreement.
I have read and understood the policies and procedures outlined in this application. By submitting this form for enrollment at Boston International Academy, I agree to comply with the registration, payment, and refund terms outlined in this application page.
By agreeing to the terms of this agreement, I acknowledge that I have been given reasonable time to read and understand its contents and received information explaining the courses, policies, and procedures of the school.
Please maintain a copy of this agreement in your records. No payments from the student will be accepted by the school until this agreement has been submitted by the student.
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