Enrollment, Cancellation of Enrollment, and Refunds

In order to enroll in Nizhoni Institute of Midwifery, a student must:

  1. a. Meet the eligibility criteria for admission
  2. b. Complete the Application for Admission and provide supporting documentation in the form of references, transcripts, and other documents delineated by the Admissions Committee
  3. c. Complete an admissions interview by telephone or in person
  4. d. After review of the application process by the Admissions Committee, accept an offer of enrollment to Nizhoni Institute of Midwifery
  5. e. Complete the Enrollment Agreement and sign the Nizhoni School Performance Fact Sheet, Policies and Procedures and other documents delineated by Nizhoni Institute of Midwifery
  6. f. Pay application and enrollment fees, tuition and sustaining fees

The California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009, Sec. 94920 states:

An institution that does not participate in the federal student financial aid programs shall do all of the following:
(a) The institution shall advise each student that a notice of cancellation shall be in writing, and that a withdrawal may be effectuated by the student’s written notice or by the student’s conduct, including, but not necessarily limited to, a student’s lack of attendance.
(b) Institutions shall refund 100 percent of the amount paid for institutional charges, less a reasonable deposit or application fee not to exceed two hundred fifty dollars ($250), if notice of cancellation is made through attendance at the first class session, or the seventh class day after enrollment, whichever is later.
(c) The bureau may adopt by regulation a different method of calculation for instruction delivered by other means, including, but not necessarily limited to, distance education.
(d) The institution shall have a refund policy for the return of unearned institutional charges if the student cancels an enrollment agreement or withdraws during a period of attendance. The refund policy for students who have completed 60 percent or less of the period of attendance shall be a pro rata refund. (e) The institution shall pay or credit refunds within 45 days of a student’s cancellation or withdrawal.

Cancellation of enrollment:

  • The student has the right to cancel the Enrollment Agreement, without obligation, and obtain a refund of all amounts paid, less the application fee of $35.00 and a reasonable registration fee of $100.00, if notice of cancellation is made prior to or on the first day of class attendance or the seventh day after enrollment, whichever is later.
  • Cancellation occurs when a student provides written, hand-delivered or electronic notice of cancellation.  Written or hand-delivered notice should be made to an Executive Director at the following address: Nizhoni Institute of Midwifery, 4135 54th Place, San Diego, CA  92105. Electronic notification should be sent to nizhonimidwives@gmail.com.  Written notice of cancellation, if sent by postal or other delivery service, is effective when deposited in the mail properly addressed with correct postage affixed; the student should obtain official proof from the delivery service of the date and delivery address to which the document was sent in the event that there is need for validation of the same.  Electronic notice of cancellation is effective when it is received in the electronic inbox of the institution.  Written notice of cancellation need not take any particular form and, however expressed, is effective if it shows that the student no longer wishes to be bound by the Enrollment Agreement. The notice of cancellation must be made in writing and cannot be made via telephone call or declared by student absence.
  • If a student cancels the Enrollment Agreement, the school will refund any monies that were paid, less the application fee of $35.00 and the registration fee of $100.00, within 45 days after the notice of cancellation is received.
  • If the school has provided to the student any equipment and/or books (“property’), the property must be returned within 30 days following the date of the notice of cancellation.  If the student fails to return the property in good condition within this 30-day period, the school may retain that portion of payment paid by the student equal to the documented cost to the school of the property and shall refund the portion paid by the student exceeding the documented cost to the school of the property within 45 days after the period within which the student is required to return the property.  Once the student has paid for the property, it belongs to the student to keep without further obligation.

The above information is made available to the student in writing via the Enrollment Agreement.

Withdrawal and Refund Policies

A student has the right to withdraw from the Nizhoni Institute of Midwifery program.  Any notification of withdrawal from the Nizhoni Institute of Midwifery or cancellation of enrollment must be made by the student in writing regarding the intent to withdraw from the program.  No further payment will be sent by the student because s/he has decided to withdraw.  No refunds will be issued because the student received and paid for the use of the modules received as per the Enrollment Contract.

A student who has accepted an offer of admission may request a deferment of acceptance for one year until the next midwifery cohort enters the program.  At least two members of the Admissions Committee will review the student’s request and will then deny or accept the student’s request for deferment.  A student who is granted a deferment must pay a $2,500.00 deposit to hold his or her place in the next cohort by December 31 of the year in which s/he originally intended to enroll. If the student enrolls, the monies paid via deposit are credited to the student’s tuition and fees and a receipt is provided to the student with information regarding the due date of the next tuition payment.  If the student does not enroll, both deposits are forfeited.  Applications from individuals who are accepted to the program but must defer enrollment and are unable to pay a deposit to hold a space in class will have their application placed into the general pool of applicants for the following year.  These applicants remain responsible for updating information in their applications that is pertinent to admission, e.g., completed or updated certifications, transcripts of college courses, etc.

A student who has been formally admitted to Nizhoni Institute of Midwifery but has not yet matriculated and wishes to retain candidacy within a specified cohort may pay tuition in advance at an amount determined by the individual in conjunction with Nizhoni Institute of Midwifery.  A student financial account will be set up for the student and student tuition payments will be tracked.  If the student later chooses not to matriculate, a refund of the student’s paid tuition will be provided at the following rate:

  • Withdrawal prior to three months of scheduled start date: 100% refund
  • Withdrawal prior to two months of scheduled start date: 90% refund
  • Withdrawal prior to one month of scheduled start date:  50% refund

A contract specifying the planned date of enrollment and the tuition payments will be written and signed by the student and the Executive Director/Chief of Operations for Nizhoni Institute of Midwifery.  If the student finds it necessary to matriculate with a cohort entering later than the originally planned date of admission, the student’s tuition will be applied to the new cohort if the student desires to retain a place in the class.  Fees for withdrawal will be applied if this change is made less than three months prior to the start date of the class from which the student is withdrawing.

For California Students: The Student Tuition Recovery Fund

The Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) was established by the Legislature to protect any California resident who attends a private postsecondary institution from losing money if tuition was prepaid and the student suffered a financial loss as a result of the school closing, failing to live up to its enrollment agreement, or refusing to pay a court judgment.

California students who pay their own tuition, either directly or through a loan, are required to pay a state-imposed assessment fee for the Student Tuition Recovery Fund.  You must pay the state-imposed fee for the Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) if all of the following applies to you:

  1. You are a student who is a California resident and prepays all or part of your tuition either by cash, guaranteed student loans, or personal loans, and
  2. Your total charges are not paid by any third-party payer such as an employer, government program or other payer unless you have a separate agreement to repay the third part.

You are not eligible for protection from the STRF and you are not required to pay the STRF fee, if either of the following applies:

  1. You are not a California resident.
  2. Your total charges are paid by a third party, such as an employer, government program or other payer, and you have no separate agreement to repay the third party.

The State of California created the Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) to relieve or mitigate economic losses suffered by California residents who were students attending schools approved by, or registered to offer Short-term Career Training with, the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education.

You may be eligible for STRF if you are a California resident, prepaid tuition, paid the STRF fee, and suffered an economic loss as a result of any of the following:

  • The school closed before the course of instruction was completed.
  • The school’s failure to pay refunds or charges on behalf of a student to a third party for license fees or any other purpose, or to provide equipment or materials for which a charge was collected within 180 days before the closure of the school.
  • The school’s failure to pay or reimburse loan proceeds under a federally guaranteed student loan program as required by law or to pay or reimburse proceeds received by the school prior to closure in excess of tuition and other cost.
  • The school’s breach or anticipatory breach of the agreement for the closure of instruction.
  • There was a decline in the quality of the course of instruction within 30 days before the school closed or, if the decline began earlier than 30 days prior to closure, the period of decline determined by the Bureau.
  • The school committed fraud during the recruitment or enrollment or program participation of the student.

You may also be eligible for STRF if you were a student that was unable to collect a court judgment rendered against the school for violation of the Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education Reform Act of 1989.

Non-residents of California and students who receive third-party payor tuition and course costs, such as workforce investment vouchers or rehabilitation funding, are not eligible for protection under and recovery from the Student Tuition Recovery Fund.

The cost of the STRF is determined by set formula set forth in the California Education Code and is a function of the total amount of tuition charged by the program to which the student is applying.  The cost of the STRF for Nizhoni Institute of Midwifery Students is determined at a rate set by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (the “Bureau”), is paid by the student to the school and is submitted to the Bureau by Nizhoni Institute of Midwifery.

To be eligible for STRF, you must be a “California resident” and reside in California at the time the enrollment agreement is signed or when you receive lessons at a California mailing address from an approved institution offering correspondence instruction.  Students who are temporarily residing in California for the sole purpose of pursuing an education, specifically those who hold student visas, are not considered a “California resident.”

To qualify for STRF reimbursement you must file a STRF application within one year of receiving notice from the Bureau that the school is closed.  If you do not receive notice from the Bureau, you have four years from the date of closure to file a STRF application.  If a judgment is obtained you must file a STRF application within two years of the final judgment.

It is important that you keep copies of the enrollment agreement, financial aid papers, receipts or any other information that documents the monies paid to the school.

Questions regarding the STRF may be directed to:

Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education
P. O. Box 980818
West Sacramento, CA  95798-0818