Universities slow to give refunds to students unable to study

Some universities and vocational schools are slow in refunding tuition to visa-denied foreigners who can’t study in Korea, with some refunds taking over a year, reports Korea JoongAng Daily. With many foreigners living abroad during their application process, many have no choice but to just wait until they get their money back.

According to the JoongAng Ilbo, an affiliate of the Korea JoongAng Daily, 55 Vietnamese students applied to an art school in Jeonju, North Jeolla, between March and June last year. All of the students paid a semester's worth of tuition of KRW4.47 million (US$3,390), as the school needs to submit a certification of tuition payment to the Ministry of Justice for the prospective students' D-4-1 language trainee visa applications.

Apart from the 24 who got their visas and enrolled in the university, the remaining 31 either got their visas denied or gave up on studying abroad. The university promised to refund those students, but 10 students had to wait until late July to get their money back. This is one of many cases where schools have been slow with refunds.
Full report on the Korea JoongAng Daily site