Financial Services and Student Aid

Payment Policy

Students are expected to pay their fees and tuition prior to registration and the start of class unless other payment arrangements have been made with the Institute. Under no circumstances will a program completion certificate be awarded until all tuition, fees, and outstanding debts are paid or a loan repayment plan has been agreed upon. The following payment policies apply to all students:


  • Tuition is payable at the time of registration.
  • Tuition payments must be in cash, certified check, money order, or credit card (MasterCard, Visa, or Discover).  Make check payable to National Institute of EMS.
  • Deferred payments are available for academic program students with a verified
    loan or when an employer requests a bill.
  • 50% tuition may be remitted for full time employees of the Institute, their spouses, and dependent children - Contact the Office of Human Resources for details, approval, and forms.


NIEMS’ 50/50 Payment Plan

The School requires a minimum down payment of 50% to register for an academic program. The remaining 50% is required by the end of the course. Students will not be allowed to graduate until all tuition and fees are paid in full.

Refund Policy

Prior to the start of an academic program students may cancel their registration by telephone and receive a full refund (less a $50 fee); however once a course has begun, a request for withdrawal must be made in writing and submitted to the NIEMS' Office of Student Services. Refunds are calculated based on the student’s last day of attendance and must be made within 90 days following the program’s scheduled completion. Refunds are limited to tuition charges only and do not include books, insurance, or equipment purchased separately. Students who are dropped from a course by the National Institute of Emergency Medical Services or students who withdraw from a course or an academic program will be charged a $50 service fee and issued a refund according to the following policy:

Refund Amount

  • Prior to the first day of class - Full refund less a $50 fee
  • First day of class to 75% completion - Prorated refund less a $50 fee
  • 75% Completion to last day of class - No refund


The refund policy used by the National Institute of Emergency Medical Services is
“prorated.” Prorated means that students are due any portion of their tuition that has gone unused, provided that a refund request is made prior to attending 75% of the course.

Refund Example:

For refund purposes, our EMT program is considered to be 174 clock hours in length. A refund is determined by dividing any unattended hours by the total number of hours in the program (174). This calculation will determine the percentage of tuition to be refunded. For example, if you attended 42 hours of EMT class time prior to a withdrawal, then your refund would be calculated in the manner below.


  • First subtract the number of hours you attended from the overall program total to find your unused portion:  174 total hours – 42 hours attended = 132 unused hours.
  • Next divide your unused hours by the total number of program hours to determine the percentage of your refund:  132 unused hours ÷ 174 total hours = 76% unused (76% refund due).
  • Finally multiply the tuition you paid by the percentage of your unused hours to determine your refund amount:  $2,300.00 x 0.76 = $1,748.00 refund due.

NOTICE: Whenever an academic program student signs a registration agreement, the student has the legal right to change his or her mind within three days of the course start date (not including weekends or holidays) and receive a complete refund without penalty.





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