Terms of Enrollment

Sonoran Desert Institute

Please review our Terms of Enrollment policy below.


Applicants seeking admission must meet the following admission requirements prior to the start of the first course at SDI:

  • Must have earned a high school diploma, a GED, or recognized equivalent*
  • Must have access to a computer with an Internet connection for the web-based programs and meet the minimum technology, hardware, and software requirements outlined in the catalog.
  • Must have the ability to study in English.
  • Must be physically and mentally capable of performing the projects and class work required to complete the program.
  • Must meet the eligibility requirements for the selected program of study.
  • For Firearms Technology programs, applicant must be a US citizen or permanent resident.  
* Equivalents include completion of secondary school through homeschooling as defined by state law, or having earned an equivalent to a US high school diploma at an international high school according to approved Foreign Evaluation services.


  • Acceptance of transfer credit is at the discretion of the receiving institution and is not guaranteed. See SDI Admissions Policy, Transfer of Credit Policy and program requirements listed in the SDI Catalog.
  • Sonoran Desert Institute reserves the right to cancel or postpone a course or program if it becomes necessary.
  • At its sole discretion, the Sonoran Desert Institute reserves the right to substitute program materials of equal or superior value.
  • After the student successfully completes a program or course, the Institute will grant a certificate/degree only if the student satisfies all financial obligations. All records and services may be withheld from a student who has any outstanding financial obligations to the Institute.

A student is accepted and enrolled in a course/program with the understanding he/she will attend the entire course/ program scheduled. Faculty contracts, learning materials and other Institute resources generate expenses based on that assumption and subsequently create financial obligations that must be shared by the student if he/she withdraws from the Institute. If an applicant is not accepted by the Institute or a student does not complete a course/program, tuition refunds are governed by the policy outlined below.

Denied Admission and Tuition Refund: An applicant denied admission by the Institute is entitled to a refund of all monies paid. Monies shall be refunded no later than 30 days of the denial date.

Cancellation and Tuition Refund: A student’s notification of cancellation may be conveyed to the institution in any manner.

Five Day Cancellation: An applicant who provides notice of cancellation within five calendar days of signing an enrollment agreement is entitled to a refund of all monies paid. All monies will be refunded no later than 30 days of the Institute receiving the notice of cancellation.

Other Cancellations: An applicant who wants to cancel his/her enrollment agreement more than five calendar days after signing the enrollment agreement and making an initial payment, but before shipment of learning materials from the Institute should notify Student Services. Monies will be refunded no later than 30 days of the Institute receiving notice of cancellation.

Withdrawal and Tuition Refunds: SDI is subject to, and must abide by, the refund policies of any branch, agency, or department of the federal government with which it is associated or affiliated. In the event of a conflict between SDI’s Institutional Refund Policy and the refund policy of an affiliated federal branch, agency, or department, the federal policy may supersede that of the Institute.

Official Withdrawal: Students wishing to officially withdraw from SDI should notify the Office of Student Services. The date of determination for official withdrawals will be the date the student initiates the withdrawal process. SDI may request information from the student regarding their decision to withdraw for quality improvement and reporting purposes.

Unofficial Withdrawal: SDI will determine that a degree seeking student is withdrawn when a student has not demonstrated academic participation that constitutes attendance for 14 consecutive days or fails to return from an approved LOA on the designated date. The date of determination for unofficial withdrawals will be no later than the 14th day following the last date of attendance.

Refund Calculation: Refund calculations will be done for each course the student has started, as determined by academic activities establishing “attendance” in the course. The course length determines the calculation as indicated on the chart, below. Refunds are determined based on actual charges to student, less any applicable discounts or institutional scholarships.