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Forms and Policies

Students of P&CE, The Landscape Institute and Sustainable Design Institute share the same forms and policies as well as general administration by the P&CE main office located at 320 Newbury Street, Boston, MA or call 617 585-0101



Adding, Dropping, or Changing Courses
Students may add, drop, or change courses (based on availability) prior to the second class meeting by completing an Add-Drop Form. If seats are available in a particular class, the instructor's permission is required to add the course and additional tuition, if applicable, must be paid. Students not enrolling in at least the same number of credits should refer to "Course Withdrawal" below.

Course Withdrawal
A Withdrawal Form (please use Add/Drop form) must be submitted in writing to the Professional & Continuing Education Department. After the third class meets, no refunds are available and a grade of "W" will be recorded on the transcript. Students can withdraw prior to the last class meeting. Non-attendance does not constitute withdrawal and will result in a failing grade. A $25 per course withdrawal fee is assessed at the time of withdrawal.

Audit/No credit Option

Some P&CE courses are available on an audit basis (not for credit) for a reduced rate. Students are invited to participate fully in the class but no certificate, grade, or academic credit will be awarded for courses taken at this level. Instructors may, but are not obligated to, comment on homework assignments.

Students must indicate their status at the time of registration. Students may change from audit to credit status with permission of the instructor while the course is running. All assignments must be completed and the tuition differential between the audit and credit price must be made prior to the last day of class. Students who change status are not eligible for an incomplete or semester extension and no change in status will be allowed once a course is complete. Students are not allowed to change from taking a class for credit to taking it as an audit after a course begins.

Courses registered for as an audit at the Boston Architectural College do not count toward AIA Learning Units, RIBA CPD or GBCI CE Hrs.

Wait List for Courses
Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis upon receipt of full tuition and fees. If you are registering online and notice a class you wish to take is full, please contact the Professional & Continuing Education Department at +1-617-585-0101 to find out about course and waiting list options. If you are registering by mail, fax, or in person and a course is full, you will be notified and placed on a wait list per your request. If a seat becomes available in a full course, the person whose name is first on the wait list will be contacted.

Course Cancelation
If we must cancel a class, we will notify you by telephone as early as possible. A minimum enrollment is required to provide an ideal educational experience as well as recover course costs. If that minimum is not reached, Professional & Continuing Education reserves the right to cancel a class. A full refund will be processed unless we are notified of your wish to transfer to another class.

Health Care Policy
The state of Massachusetts requires all Massachusetts residents to have healthcare insurance. It is the policy of Boston Architectural College that all resident and international degree students who carry a course load equivalent to 6 or more academic credits have health insurance. Boston Architectural College automatically enrolls all of these students in the Student Injury and Sickness Insurance Plan until proof of comparable coverage is received.

If your current health insurance plan is comparable, you are not required to purchase the Student Injury and Sickness Insurance Plan.Students who are enrolled in a comparable health insurance plan, and wish to waive the Student Injury and Sickness Insurance Plan, must do so through the Online Waiver Process. The Online process was designed to make the insurance selection process convenient and efficient. To make your selection, go to www.gallagherkoster.com/BAC. For more information on student health requirements, click here.

Transfer Credits
Transfer credit can be awarded for prior college-level academic courses. Only courses completed at appropriately accredited academic institutions will be considered. To apply for transfer credit from other institutions, please provide the following:

  • A completed Transfer Credit Request Form.
  • An official transcript from each institution, sent directly from the school to the BAC PC&E department.
  • Copies of catalog descriptions from the year in which the course was taken. Most college registrar's offices or libraries can furnish these upon request.

Note: Sample of your professional work in your portfolio or demonstration of your competence in the course work may be required for design courses.
Please contact the Professional & Continuing Education Department to determine the number of transfer credits that can be awarded for each certificate program. Transfer credit cannot be assessed until all of the above are received.

Grades & Transcripts
Grades will be mailed approximately six weeks following the completion of the semester. Official transcripts are available by written request to the Registrar at the Department of Student Affairs for a cost of $3.00. Download the necessary forms and learn more here.  Students who need transcripts for courses taken at the Arnold Arboretum should contact the P&CE office directly by phone (617-585-0101) or email pce@the-bac.edu.  Grades cannot be disclosed over the telephone.

Incomplete Grades
A grade of "I" (incomplete) may be requested by a student who has completed the majority of the coursework for a class, but cannot complete everything before the end of the semester. Incompletes are granted at the discretion of the instructor. All coursework must be completed and a final grade submitted by the instructor no later than the seventh week after the start of the following semester. Course work not completed by this deadline will receive a failing grade. Please contact individual instructors or the Registrar for further information.

Refund Policy

Refunds are granted only when a withdrawal form is submitted to the Professional & Continuing Education Department. Refunds are based on the date the withdrawal form is received (phone requests cannot be honored). Administrative fees are non-refundable. For online courses, the first class meeting is considered to be at 4 PM, EST (Eastern Standard Time) on the course start date. Please allow two to three weeks for the processing of refunds.


All drops and withdrawals incur a $25 administrative fee in addition to the refund schedule listed below.

Refunds are processed according to the following guidelines:
• Prior to the first class meeting 100%
• Prior to the second class meeting 95%
• Prior to the third class meeting 75%
• After the third class meeting no refunds

One-day seminars or short workshops

• Before first (or only) meeting 100%
• After first (or only) meeting no refunds

A 100% refund will be given for cancelled courses and workshops.