Tuition Assistance and Refund Policy


    Federal Student Aid

    (Pell Grant, Direct and Parent PLUS Loans) is available to qualified individuals for eligible programs. Eligible programs include the Practical Nursing Program and Cosmetology Program. Students are required to complete a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to determine their eligibility. For important information related to Federal Student Aid or Gainful Employment, please visit our Adult Education site at or

    ESBOCES Refund Policy

    All withdrawals incur an administrative fee of $35. All withdrawal requests must be provided in writing to the Program Administrator.

    • Withdrawal prior to 5 business days of the first class: 100% Refund
    • Withdrawal within 5 business days prior to the first class: 90% Refund
    • Withdrawal after the first class and prior to the second class: 75% Refund
    • Withdrawal after the second class: 0% Refund

    NO REFUNDS WILL BE PROVIDED AFTER THE SECOND CLASS. THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS TO THIS POLICY. Refunds other than charge cards may take 4 to 6 weeks.

    Federal Refund Policy

    The Practical Nursing Program and the Cosmetology Program at ESBOCES do not observe the above-mentioned refund policy. Eligible programs follow federal guidelines related to withdrawals, refunds and credit balances. Please refer to the program handbook and/or the ESBOCES website for more information.

    Any balance owed to the school resulting from a termination of enrollment is due immediately. Students may not enroll in any course provided by ESBOCES with an outstanding account balance.

    Class Cancellation

    ESBOCES reserves the right to cancel a course that does not have sufficient enrollment or to change class dates, times, and locations as the need arises. Students will be notified by email or phone at least 2 days prior to the start date of class.

    Senior Citizen Discount

    Tuition costs may be discounted 10% for senior citizens 62 years of age and older. Documentation is required (e.g., Driver License, leisure pass, copy of birth certificate). Please note: this discount does not apply to any ESBOCES program exceeding $1,000.

    Income Tax Information

    Students attending the Practical Nursing Program and the Cosmetology Program at ESBOCES may be eligible to receive educational tax benefits. Please refer to IRS Publication 970 and/or a Certified Public Accountant for information regarding educational tax benefits. All other Adult Education programs at ESBOCES are not eligible programs as defined by the Internal Revenue Service.

    Eastern Suffolk BOCES is an eligible training provider for the following agencies:

    ACCES-VR Adult Career & Continuing Education Service provides tuition assistance for individuals with disabilities.

    DOL WIOA The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, managed through the Department of Labor, provides assistance to those with significant barriers to obtain training
    for employment.

    CSEA Civil Service Employees Association, Inc., union members may be eligible.

    Veterans Administration Based on active duty service, the GI Bill® provides educational assistance to service members, veterans, and their dependents. Contact the Department of Veterans Affairs at 1-800-827-1000.

    GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at

    1199SEIU Members may be eligible for tuition assistance for the Practical Nursing Program.

    For further information, please call Student Financial Services at 631-233-4450.