The following policies shall govern the administration of all courses offered by Gold Coast. No oral or written representation by any registrar or instructor shall supersede the written policies of Gold Coast Schools.
Tuition, Refund, and Cancellation Policy
Pre-License, and Post License classroom courses: No refunds are given after attending the first session of any course. For any course that is greater than 10 hours, the first session is defined as the first four (4) hours of the course. For any course that is ten (10) hours or less, the first session is defined as the first two (2) hours of the course. For any courses that include books or other course materials, these materials must be returned in brand new and saleable condition (no writing, highlighting, or any other damage). If materials are not returned in a brand new and saleable condition, the cost of said materials will be deducted from any refund. Any request for a refund must be received no later than 30 days after the scheduled class start date. Gold Coast does not charge a cancellation fee if a student needs to cancel or re-schedules their class in writing (email) at least 24 hours prior to the start of class. Students who do not show up for a scheduled class without providing at least 24 hours prior written (email) notice (no show) relinquish their right to a refund. However, the student will have a class credit with Gold Coast for one year from the date payment was made.
Online Courses, and online practice exams: Once a student purchases an online course, no refunds or credits will be given. Online courses and practice exams expire one year from date of purchase, unless otherwise stated in the individual course or practice exam. Students who register for online courses may be eligible to audit or review classroom-based courses on a space available basis. Students should call the Gold Coast office to ensure space is available before attempting to audit a course. Students who wish to transfer from an online course to a classroom course will be able to do so upon paying a $50 transfer and materials fee plus the difference between the classroom and online course tuition. Students transferring from a classroom course to an online course can do so upon paying a transfer fee. This fee may vary depending upon the course. All transfers must be approved by the school Administrator or Director. Classroom and online courses are different courses. Time spent in each cannot be transferred or interchanged. Any course materials will be shipped within 7 days of registration. Additional charges for shipping may apply to any materials being shipped outside of the Continental United States.
Continuing Education, and all one-day classes: No refunds are given after the first break of any course scheduled for less than 15 hours. Any request for a refund must be received no later than 30 days after the scheduled class start date. Gold Coast does not charge a cancellation fee if a student cancels or reschedules in writing (email) at least 24 hours prior to the start of class. Students who do not show up for a scheduled class without providing at least 24 hours advance written notice (no show) relinquish their right to a refund. However, the student will have a class credit with Gold Coast for one year from the date payment was made.
Cram Courses: All cram course sales are final. No refunds are given after the student receives course materials. Gold Coast does not charge a cancellation fee if you need to cancel or re-schedule prior to the start of class. Tuition on Cram courses is valid for 1 year from the date of purchase.
Bookstore items: No returns or refunds on bookstore purchases including: books, videos, CD’s, DVD’s, calculators, flashcards, etc. All sales are final. If an item is defective, we will gladly exchange it for a new item of the same version within ten (10) days of purchase date.
Study Buddy Program: A 10% study buddy program discount will apply for any group of two or more students that register at the same time for the same pre-license class. Both students must be pre – registered and tuition must be paid in full at least 24 hours prior to the start of class. No retroactive discounts will be given, and no study buddy discounts will be honored on the start date of the class.
Coupons, Discounts, etc.: Any student registering with a referral card or discount coupon must be pre-registered and paid in full at least 24 hours prior to the start of the class to receive the discount. The card must be presented during the initial registration. No retroactive discounts will be given, and no discounts will be honored on the start date of the class. Gold Coast does not accept or honor coupons or discount codes that are not specifically authorized and published by Gold Coast (i.e.: online coupon sites).
Transfer Policy: Students cannot arbitrarily switch back and forth between schools, classes, or crams without the prior written authorization from the Director or Administrator. Instructors cannot authorize transfers. Students who switch schools for crams, classes, or exams without prior written authorization may find themselves bumped from class as seating priority is given to those who attended class at each location. Students switching from one program to another (i.e.: online to class, or English to Spanish) may be charged a transfer fee if the transfer is permitted.
NSF Check Charges: A check returned by students’ bank as NSF or for any reason, will incur the maximum service charge permitted under Florida Law. The student is responsible for all payments, regardless of who pays for the class (i.e.: company or relative).
Electronic Fund Transfers (EFT): All checks are electronically scanned and processed as Electronic Fund Transfers (EFT). The EFT from your account will usually occur within 24 hours, which is often faster than a check is normally processed. Therefore, make sure there are sufficient funds available in your checking account when you send us your check. If the EFT cannot be completed because of insufficient funds, we may try to make the transfer an additional time. The electronic fund transfer from your account will be on the account statement you receive from your financial institution. Please note that the transfer may be in a different place on your statement than the place where your checks normally appear. For example, it may appear under “other withdrawals” or “other transactions.” You will not receive your original check back from your financial institution. For security reasons we will destroy your original check, but we will keep a scanned image copy of the check for record keeping purposes.
Tuition fees: Tuition covers class fees and one set of materials (if included in tuition). Tuition must be paid in full prior to the start of any class. Certain classes (i.e.: contractor, etc.) may require additional materials that are not included in the course tuition. Please check with staff regarding what is or is not included with each class.
Tuition is valid for the specific program the student signed up for, and for a specific time. Gold Coast will consider transferring tuition to another program, provided the request would meet refund guidelines. Students who do not complete courses within the allotted time will be required to pay the current tuition, minus a prior student discount to continue. The following are the timeframes that tuition is valid:
- Real Estate Sales and Broker Pre-license classroom courses: 2 years
- Real Estate Sales and Broker pre-license online courses: 1 year
- Contractor continuing education online courses: 1 year
- Contractor cram course: the individual course that the student signed up for
- All other courses: 1 year
Material updates: From time to time course materials will be updated and changed. For courses that include materials, Gold Coast will provide the student with one set of materials. If the materials are later updated or revised, it is the student’s responsibility to pay for upgraded materials.
Deposits: Partial deposits will be honored for one year from the date the deposit was made. During the one-year period deposits may only be transferred to another student or another class provided the student has not attended any class sessions and provided that Gold Coast is notified in writing as to the student’s intentions. Gold Coast has the sole right and discretion to approve or disapprove of any deposit transfer.
Repeats/Retakes: (Real Estate and Appraisal students only) FREC and FREAB rules dictate that students who fail a class exam must wait at least 30 days before retaking the exam. If a student wants to test prior to the 30 days, he or she must repeat the entire course before being eligible to retest. If a student fails the retake exam, he or she must repeat the entire course before being eligible to retest. Retake students will have priority over review students if classes are full.
Review Students: Review students are students who have passed the end of course exam but wish to further review prior to the state exam. Three rules apply for review students. 1) Review students are asked to register with the office. 2) All review is on a space available basis. New students and retake students will have priority over review students. 3) Review students are asked not to participate in classroom discussions.
Hurricane/Tropical Storm Policy: In the event of inclement weather, Gold Coast management will monitor storms and make decisions regarding cancellation of classes on a case by case basis. In the event of a class cancellation all efforts will be made to quickly reschedule classes as time and classroom space permit. Refunds will not be given for classes that are rescheduled due to inclement weather events. It is not always possible to schedule makeup classes on the same days and times as the classes that are cancelled.
Cram Courses: Students must pre-register for all cram courses and are expected to complete all cram materials prior to attending the cram. Crams are intended for those who have completed their class and are preparing for the state exam. Students can only register for one cram at a time.
ID Badges: Students will be issued an ID that is your “PASS TO CLASS”. ID must be worn at all times when in Gold Coast buildings, including attending classes or doing business with the office. ID’s will be checked prior to admittance to all cram courses. Admittance and a ll administrative work (including notary, pass-slips etc.) will be denied to any student who cannot show a valid and current ID. There is a $10 fee to replace lost ID’S.
Cell phones: Cell phone usage is discouraged inside Gold Coast buildings, due to the noise level created. Please be courteous to other students and hold conversations outside of the building. Cell phones must be turned off or in silent mode while in class. Repeat off ending students may be asked to leave class and will not be permitted back in with their phones.
Laptop computers and tablets: Laptops and tablets are permitted in class provided they are being used for note taking purposes and are not distracting to surrounding students. Students with laptops or tablets may be asked to sit in specific areas. Power may not be available for all devices. Power cords may not be used in a manner that may cause a safety concern or tripping hazard. Anyone found to be using a device in any manner deemed inappropriate by the instructor will not be permitted to further use the device in class.
Recording Devices: Recording devices (including tape recorders, digital recorders, cameras, camera phones, video recorders, etc.) are not permitted to be used in class.
Absences: Each state agency limits the amount of time students can miss. Instructors will explain this policy in class. Students missing more than the allowed time will be required to make up the time and material prior to testing.
Smoking: Smoking of any type, including electronic cigarettes, is prohibited inside all Gold Coast facilities. Students are permitted to smoke outside of the buildings, away from the building entrances.
Classroom comfort: Classrooms are generally kept in the range of 73 – 75 degrees. Instructors will adjust for overall class comfort. Classroom temperatures may vary, please dress accordingly.
Neatness: Students are asked to please replace chairs when leaving class and to place trash in the containers provided. Please do not place chewing gum under our chairs. Any students found to be vandalizing any Gold Coast property will be dismissed from class, without a refund.
Questions: The nature of the State required material and the time frame allowed requires that class be presented in a highly structured format. Each instructor has his or her own specific policy on answering student questions which will be explained at the start of class.
Class Examinations: Class exams are required to be administered under secure conditions. Students are not permitted to use cellular phones or apps on phones during exams. Students found cheating on an exam will be dismissed from class with no credit and no refund. Any incidents of suspected cheating may be reported to the appropriate state agency.
Exam Review: Class exams are utilized as an evaluation to determine whether a student is qualified to proceed to the State examination. Class exams are not part of the learning process. Gold Coast does not review class exams with students.
Parking: Students must park at the back of the parking lot away from the building in Boca Raton; and between the yellow lines in N. Miami Beach. Gold Coast is not responsible for items left in a students’ car, or for any towing charges if students have illegally parked. Gold Coast will not reimburse students for any towing charges because of the student’s negligence. Common sense dictates that personal items such as cellular phones, brief cases, purses, cameras and sunglasses should be properly secured and not be left in automobiles at any time. Safety is always a concern, wherever you are. As an added precaution, we recommend that you use the “Buddy System” when leaving school, especially at night.
Recruiting: Pursuant to FREC rule, recruiting for employment opportunities for any real estate brokerage firm must be accomplished outside the prescribed classroom instructional time. Noncompliance should be reported to the Commission.
Study Aids and Products: Throughout the course your instructor will mention different study aids and additional course offerings. These products and courses are optional. They are designed to assist you in your studying and enhance your professional knowledge.
Lost and Found Items: Gold Coast is not responsible for any items left in our facilities. If you have lost an item, please check with the office. Please label all of your belongings to make identification easier. Please do not leave valuable items (purses, brief cases, wallets, cell phones, etc.) unattended at any time.
Disruptive Students: Instructors have the authority to dismiss any student that the instructor feels is disruptive and or whose behavior may be detrimental to other students, at any time without a refund.
Pet/Service Animal policy: No pets of any kind are allowed in Gold Coast offices, classrooms, or other premises. However, based on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), “Service Animals” are not considered pets. Service animals are defined as dogs or miniature horses that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for a person with a disability. Examples of such work or tasks include guiding people who are blind, alerting people who are deaf, pulling a wheelchair, alerting and protecting a person who is having a seizure, reminding a person with mental illness to take prescribed medications, calming a person with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) during an anxiety attack, or performing other duties. Service animals are working animals, not pets. The work or task a dog has been trained to provide must be directly related to the person’s disability. Under the ADA, service animals must be harnessed, leashed, or tethered, unless these devices interfere with the service animal’s work or the individual’s disability prevents using these devices. In that case, the individual must maintain control of the animal through voice, signal, or other effective controls. Therapy Dogs (TDs), Emotional Support Animals (ESAs), or any other dog whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the ADA and thus are not permitted on Gold Coast premises.