PACIFIC WEST COLLEGE OF LAW

2011 West  Chapman Ave.
Orange, CA 92868
Tel. (714) 634-3738
Fax: (714 634-2283
Website: www.pacificwestcollege.com
Email: [email protected]

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TUITION AND FEES, PAYMENTS, CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICIES


GENERAL INFORMATION ON TUITION AND FEES


TUITION AND FEES

Generally, each student who wish to attend Pacific West College of Law are subject to the following fees and charges:


1.) One time application fee of $50.00 which is non-refundable and good for one calendar year. This is a required fee.


Application for admission can be made online click here. Online submission of Application is for Pacific West College internal purposes only. Every prospective student MUST fill out and complete the Application for Admission form and affix their physical signature on the form. The completed Application for Admission Form may be deliver in person to the Office of Admission or it can be mail to our Admission office @ 2011 West Chapman Ave., Orange, CA 92868. The completed application for admission form MUST be accompanied by a $50 Application fee which is non-refundable.


2.) Required fees per semester in the total amount of $315.00 (comprised of Registration fee $150.00, Library fee $150.00 and SSA fee $15.00). These are required fees good for one semester and are non-refundable.


3.) Tuition fee @ $350.00/unit. A student has to take a minimum of 9 units per regular semester (SPRING or FALL) and 5 or 6 units per SUMMER semester.


Crucial and Important Notice regarding the fees enumerated above as item 1, 2 and 3

Tuition Refund Policy ONLY APPLY TO ITEM NUMBER 3 – TUITION FEE. Items 1 and 2 are NON REFUNDABLE FEES.


Single Student Classes

In the event that a student desires to take a class as a single student then the tuition for that class shall be doubled.

                                        FEE CHART FOR ALL COURSES

REQUIRED FEES
Amount
APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION (one-time fee good for one calendar year) 
$ 50.00
TUITION PER UNIT
$350.00 
REGISTRATION FEE (required each semester)
$150.00
LIBRARY FEE (required each semester)
$150.00  
STUDENT SERVICES FEE (SSA) (required each semester)
$  15.00
CIRCUMSTANTIAL FEES / VARYING FEES
Amount
DEFERRED PAYMENT CHARGE (flat fee each semester that a student opt to pay by Installment)
$100.00
LATE REGISTRATION FEE
$150.00
RETURNED CHECK FEE (for each check returned)
$  50.00
LATE PAYMENT FEE (5% of the amount of installment past due)
    vary 
CREDIT CARD PROCESSING FEE  (if paying by credit card – fee is 3.5% of the gross amount)
    vary 
CHANGE COURSE FEE (for each course change provided such change is viable)
$   5.00 
  OTHER FEES
GRADUATION FEE (does not include Diploma)
$400.00
TRANSCRIPT FEE (1 set)*
$ 20.00  
SEVIS FEE (required each semester APPLIED ONLY to SEVIS students)**
$300.00
DIPLOMA FEE (amount vary depending on the Degree)
    vary

Note: The above rates are subject to change without prior notice.


*No transcript fee is charge to the student for the first set of Transcript for the CA State Bar Certification purposes to take the California State Bar Exams both FYLSX and General Bar. Such Transcript however will ONLY be generated IF a student is CLEARED ON ALL FINANCIAL OBLIGATIONS. Pacific West College of Law. PWCL does not issue an unofficial transcript.


**Sevis Students denotes Foreign Students under F1 who had been issued an I-20.

SEMESTER TUITION AND FEE ESTIMATES


SPRING or FALL Semester Estimates on Total tuition and Fees

Total tuition and fees for a regular semester (SPRING or FALL SEMESTER) is approximately $3,500.00 to $3,700.00 payable either in full or 4 equal installment payments within the entire term of the semester [usually 4 to 4 ½ months].


SUMMER Semester Estimates on Total tuition and Fees

Total tuition and fees for a SUMMER SEMESTER is approximately $2,100.00 to $2,600.00 payable either in full or 4 equal installment payments within the entire term of the semester [usually 2 months].


CASEBOOKS

Students are solely responsible in buying their own books needed for all the classes throughout their entire attendance at Pacific West. 



ESTIMATED TOTAL COSTS TO EARN DEGREES AT PACIFIC WEST

Below are the Estimated Total Costs to earn a corresponding Degree at Pacific West College of Law.

Name of Degree
Estimated 
Total for Tuition
Estimated 
Total for *Other Charges 
(Semestral fees)
Estimated 
Total Costs to Earn the Degree excluding Graduation and Diploma fee
Juris Doctor (J.D) Degree 
 $32,900.00
           $3,780.00
          $36,680.00
L.L.M in Taxation
$10,500.00
           $  945.00
          $11,445.00
L.L.M in Environmental Law
$10,500.00 
           $  945.00
          $11,445.00
Master of Arts In Law (M.A.L)
$16,100.00 
           $1,575.00
          $17,675.00

Other Charges includes (Application fee, Registration fee, Library fee, and Student Services fee)

  • Fees for Graduation, Diploma and Transcript are NOT included in the total estimated amount for other charges.


Note: Tuition rates and other charges are subject to change without prior notice

PAYMENT POLICIES


Mode of Payments

PWCL accepts payments by check, cash, debit cards, credit cards such as Master card and Visa cards.


All check payments shall be made payable to Pacific West College of Law.


Debit cards are treated as cash therefore no processing fee is required.


If paying by credit card, a student has to pay card processing fee which is usually 3.5% of the gross amount, charge by the card processing company such as intuit or paypal.


For all payment arrangement please contact or email the VP for Finance at (714) 634-3738 and/or [email protected]  or at [email protected]



Manner / Method of Payments

Students’ may opt to pay the tuition and charges in full or by installment.


Deferred Payment Program/Plan

Pacific West College of Law offers a deferred payment program which is available to students who qualify and is subject to initial review of the VP for Finance and a final approval by the Dean of the College.


A $100.00 flat fee is charge for each semester that a student is deferring payment and enrolls under the deferred payment plan.


The student may opt to pay the $100 deferred payment fee upfront (at the time of registration) or the student may elect to add the deferred payment charge to the total amount of tuition and fees to be paid by installments.


Fees Subject to Deferrals under the Deferred Payment Plan

The following fees are subject to deferrals:


1. Tuition Fee

Tuition is calculated on the basis of a semester unit, which is the equivalent of one class hour per week for the period of the semester.


One semester unit is defined as fifteen (15) hours of classroom instruction. Generally, one hour of instruction per week for fifteen (15) weeks equals one semester unit of credit.


Tuition rate is at $350.00/unit for the B.S.L, J.D, LLM’s and M.A.L Degrees.


A student may opt to pay the total tuition upfront (at the time of registration) or a student may elect to add the amount of total tuition dues or fees to the total amount of Semestral fees and deferred payment charge that the student elected to pay by installment.


2. Semestral Fees

In addition to tuition fee, each student is required and must pay the total semestral fees in the amount of $315.00 which constitutes the registration fee ($150.00), the library fee ($150.00) and the SBA fee ($15.00). These fees are payable every semester and are non-refundable.


A student may opt to pay the above semestral fees total of $315.00 upfront or a student may elect to add the amount of total fees to the total amount of tuition and deferred payment charge that the student elected to pay by installment.


3. Deferred Payment Fee/Charge

The student may opt to pay the $100 deferred payment fee upfront (at the time of registration) or the student may elect to add the deferred payment charge to the total amount of tuition and fees to be paid by installments.



Payment Deferral Duration

The duration of the deferred payment plan is the entire term of the semester. For regular semester such as SPRING and FALL, duration is usually 4 to 4 ½ months. Duration for SUMMER semester is usually 2 months.


Payment Deferral Terms

Students may elect to pay by installment in the following terms: 4 equal installments, 3 equal installments or 2 equal installments within the term of the semester as stated above in payment deferral duration.


Due Date on Deferrals

Student has the option to select and ascertain the due date of their installment payments by filling up the installment payment form attached to the Enrollment forms and Disclosure Statements that the student has to fill out upon registration and enrollment on every given semester subject to the initial evaluation of the VP for Finance and Administration and subject to the final approval by the Dean of the College.


Application and allocation of Installment Payments for purposes of Refunds

The First installment payment made by a student is first applied towards the satisfaction of the deferred payment fee ($100.00 which is non-refundable) then to the satisfaction of the semestral fees ($315.00 which are non-refundable) then to the late fee, if any, then the rest is applied towards the satisfaction of tuition fees. All subsequent installment payments are applied to the satisfaction of the late fee if any, then to the satisfaction of the tuition due.


Late Fee

If a student is late on tendering payment on the due date indicated and promised by the student in the Installment Payment Form, a 5% late fee or penalty base on the amount of installment past due will be charge if payment is not tender after 3 days from the schedule payment date promised by the student. There is no other grace period other than the 3 days set forth herein.


Petition for Waiver of Late Fee

A petition for exception to this 5% late fee may be made by a student in writing, subject to the initial evaluation of the VP for Finance and final approval by the Dean of the College. Such written petition must be accompanied by a statement of reason and justifiable circumstance. Written petition and its accompanying reasons must be submitted immediately after the 3 day grace period, the latest.


Limitation on Filing Petition for Waiver of Late Fee

Each student is limited to file ONLY ONE petition for exception from 5% penalty per calendar year. Such filing of petition however, DOES NOT GUARANTEE approval for a waiver of the said late fee. The College can deny the petition without cause or explanation and solely based on upon the College discretion.


A 10-day delay of any Installment Payment

A 10-day payment delay or a 10 late payment of any installment amount due will render the entire account balance DUE AND DEMANDABLE.



RESERVATION OF RIGHTS

Pacific West College of Law reserves the rights to 1) deny petition for exception on the late fee without due cause 2) to change the mode and methods of payments 3) to revoke a prior approval of Installment payment plan granted to a student if the College deemed that such revocation of approval is necessary and futile to preserve the College financial interest due to a students’ breach of contractual promise to pay or if the student dishonor the term of the payment plan due to non-payment for more than 10 days 4) to change the rate of tuition and other fees without prior notice.


WITHDRAWAL, CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICIES


The law school shall disclose all fees and fee-related policies and procedures to be required of students and provide copies of all information to be given to students relating to and regarding tuition, fees, and refunds. All disclosures shall comply with the provisions of Section 18809, Title 5, Division 21 of the California Administrative Code and the Reform Act of 1989, section 94342.


Pacific West College of Law has volunteered to follow the Provisions of this act until replaced or supplemented with rules and regulations by the Committee of Bar Examiners.


Effective January 1, 2008, Pacific West College of Law had adopted and integrated Division 2 Rule 2.2(B) of the Guidelines for Unaccredited Law School Rules on its tuition refund policies in addition to the provision of Section 18809 above.


Pacific West College of Law’s policies on Tuition refunds are tailored in accordance with the Committee of Bar Examiner Guideline 2.2(B) of the Guidelines for Unaccredited Law Schools by which Pacific West College of Law’s refund policies provided a clear and detailed explanations as to what constitute an effective notice of cancellation or withdrawal, as to the method of refund calculations and the corresponding basis of such calculations, as to the effectivity of the said notice of withdrawal as basis of the refund and as to when a refund be paid out or disbursed by the College to a respective student who filed cancellation from attending law school and to those students who are dismissed from attending law school which would be within 30 days upon receipt of the written notification by the College.


WITHDRAWAL AND CANCELLATION POLICIES


What Constitute an Effective Notice of Cancellation and Withdrawal by a Student?

          Only written notification of withdrawal from class (es) will be honored.


When does withdrawal or Cancellation notification become effective?

          The withdrawal notification is effective upon receipt by the College.


When will the College disburse or pays out any refunds to the student?

          Tuition refunds will be processed within thirty (30) days of receipt of notification.


What circumstances the College deemed Cancellation or withdrawal for purposes of refunds?

          Refunds are available only upon written notification of discontinuance of class work.


         If a student withdraws before attending classes, all tuition paid for that semester will be refunded. If a student withdraws after attending class (es), tuition will be refunded in accordance with the refund schedule set forth below.


      Dismissals are treated the same as withdrawals for refund purposes. All refunds will be made within thirty (30) days after the dismissal. Refunds for dismissed students are handled the same way as students withdrawn without attendance. Refunds will be calculated according to the Tuition Refund Schedule set forth below:


TUITION REFUND POLICY

If a student cancels registration after attending classes, monies will be refunded in accordance with the following schedule:

% of Attendance Time

    As Related to Total Course                 Hours/Semester
   Maximum Amount Charge

Minimum Amount of Refund


Up to 10%
   10%
    90%
10% - 25%
   25%
   75%
25% - 50%
    50%
   50%
50% - 75%
   75%
   25%
75% - over
   100%
  0%

How Does Tuition refund works on an Installment Payment Plan?

In determining AMOUNT OF TUITION REFUND based on an Installment payments made by a student, the Application and allocation of Installment payment policy provided herein solely governs.


If a student who opted to pay by installment payment, tender an effective written withdrawal or cancellation within the time frame of attendance stated in the Tuition Refund Policy schedule or in the middle of paying off the installment payment plan, the amount to which the calculation of the percentage of TUITION REFUND will be based upon is the NET AMOUNT OF THE MONIES PAID under the payment plan as of the date of the effectivity of the withdrawal or cancellation.


Meaning the total amount of monies paid by a student under the payment plan as of the effective date of the withdrawal or cancellation DEDUCTED by the deferred payment fee of $100.00, DEDUCTED by the $315.00 semestral fees and DEDUCTED by any late fees incurred before the tender of withdrawal or cancellation. The resulting amount would be the NET AMOUNT to which calculation of percentage of TUITION REFUND will be based upon.


Illustrative Sample of Tuition Refund Calculations based on Tuition Refund Policy Schedule


Given Problem:

Student A opted 4 equal installment plan as follows:

1st installment payment - $900.00 due on 1st month

2nd Installment payment - $900.00 due on 2nd month

3rd Installment payment - $900.00 due on 3rd month

Final Installment payment - $900.00 due on 4th month


Simulated Circumstance:

Student A paid the first installment payment of $900 on the first month of the semester. Then on the second month, student A tendered a written notice of withdrawal which was received by the College and was deemed effective at that time. In calculating the amount of refund to Student A, the following computation is to be applied:


Given Factors for mathematical Formula:

Let Q stand for: NET AMOUNT to which calculation of Tuition refund will be based upon

Let X stand for: Total amount of monies paid under the payment plan as of the effective date of withdrawal

Let Y stands for: Deferred payment charge of $100.00

Let Z stands for: Total Semestral fees of $315.00 (Registration, Library and SBA fees)


Mathematical Equation:

Q = X-Y-Z


Given Value:

Q = $900-$100-$315

Q = $485


Determination of % of Attendance time based on Tuition Refund Schedule

Determine the TUITION REFUND schedule suited for the given simulation. One month attendance in a 4 ½ months for a regular semester class session is within 10-25% attendance time.


% of Attendance Time

As Related to                                 Total Maximum Amount                          Minimum Amount

Course Hours/Semester                               Charged                                           of Refund

10% - 25%                                                           25%                                                     75%


Calculation of the Amount of Tuition Refund to Student A:


As Related to                                  Total Maximum Amount                           Minimum Amount

Course Hours/Semester                                 Charged                                           of Refund


10% - 25%                                                         $121.25                                               $363.75


FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE


No Federal or State Loans

Pacific West College of Law does NOT have any Federal or State loans. 


V.A. Benefits for those who qualified

Pacific West College of Law is a school certified by the Department of Veterans Affairs to enroll Veterans and their Beneficiaries who are qualified for the VA Educational Benefits.


Students interested in V.A. Benefits are urged to contact the Veterans Affairs Department directly and coordinate with our Administrative Office.


For more information please visit the Veterans Affairs website http://www.va.gov/


To keep up with the veterans provision of the new law please visit http://www.gibill.va.gov/


TUITION DISCOUNTS AND SCHOLARSHIP OFFERS


Tuition Discounts

The College is currently offering the following tuition discounts for qualified applicants:


A) A twenty-five percent (25%) tuition discount will be awarded to one qualified applicant on his or her first year tuition. The qualified applicant will be selected from a group consisting of at least three students who were referred to Pacific West College of Law by any two or four-year California College or University. Before an applicant is considered, he or she must undergo an Admission Interview of Pacific West College of Law. This scholarship applies only to first-year law students.


B) Qualified applicants who are recommended for admission by a current member of the Board of Directors of Pacific West shall receive a fifty percent (50%) tuition discount referred to as “Director Scholarship” for the student’s entire time at Pacific West. Each director may have only one such appointee enrolled at one time. The Director’s consent is a must which may be done orally or in writing and remains effective until revoked by the Director. Notice of revocation may be done orally or in writing. Such notice must be communicated to the Chairman of the Board to take effect.


Tuition discounts can be used with any other discounts or scholarship offers.


Scholarships from Outside Sources

Pacific West is currently seeking scholarship contributions from different agencies, organizations and individuals. As funds become available, students will be informed of scholarship offers.


Students are encouraged to compete for the various law school grants available to the public.


INSTRUCTIONS FOR ONLINE PAYMENT VIA PAYPAL


Before making or processing payment online, make sure that the VP for Finance already issue your Student Statement of Accounts (SOA). Except when paying for Application for Admission which is ($50.00) upon submission of online application.


Step by Step Instructions:


1st step: Payor needs to have a paypal account. (If not, kindly register and set up an account with  Paypal)


2nd step: Go to www.paypal.com click here


3rd step: Once on the Paypal website, 4 tabs will appear as follows: (HOME) (PERSONAL) (BUSINESS) (DEVELOPERS)


                    Under (DEVELOPERS) tab locate the "SEND MONEY" option. Click it.


4th step:   Look towards the right part of the screen and you will see that it asks for email from each person (SENDER) and  (RECEIVER).


                    Fill in the email addresses accordingly and accurately:

                    For Receiver: ([email protected])

                    For Sender: (payor's email address)

                    Put the amount of money that you wish to pay plus the Paypal processing fee of 3.5%

                       and the type of Currency (US Dollar).


IMPORTANT NOTEPaypal processing fee must be paid by the PAYOR as an ADDITIONAL COST which is equivalent to 3.5% of the Gross transaction amount (Gross Transaction amount means the amount owed by a student as reflected in the Student's Statement of Account issued by PWCL Finance Department) calculated by multiplying 3.5% to the Gross transaction amount per Student Statement of Account.


If Payor completed payment WITHOUT adding and paying the 3.5% processing fee, Pacific West College of Law is going to collect that processing fee from the payor student.


Take note that the processing fee does NOT go to Pacific West, it goes directly to the Processing Company such as paypal and Intuit.


5th step: After filling out all required field, click "Continue".


6th step: Continue following the instruction until it indicates that your transfer of funds is complete.


7th step: Retain a copy for your record and furnish Pacific West College of Law a copy of the transaction confirmation.


                                                    

Ms. Socorro N. O'Connell

VP for Finance & Administration