The college procedure for collection of debts is as follows: Three notices will be mailed and/or emailed to the billing address and/or email address currently on file with the college. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure these addresses are correct. Students receiving financial assistance are responsible to ensure their requirements for grants, loans or scholarships received have been met each semester. If the account becomes 45 days past due and the third notice is mailed and/or emailed, the account will be forwarded to the South Carolina Department of Revenue. The South Carolina Department of Revenue will withhold the amount due to Midlands Technical College, plus a $25.00 administrative fee, from the student’s tax refund. If the refundable amount is not sufficient to cover the entire balance owed to the college the first year, the account balance will be resubmitted each year thereafter until the full balance is satisfied.
After the tax refund period is over, the South Carolina Department of Revenue will continue collection efforts through the Governmental Enterprise Accounts Receivable (GEAR) program. The GEAR program is an accelerated collection effort that includes, but is not limited to, the garnishment of wages; levy and seizure of bank accounts or any other tangible asset; seizure and sale of any real or personal property; the issuance of a lien that will encumber all of property, both real and personal, tangible and intangible; and the revocation of any sales tax license. In addition, when debts are owed to the college, holds are placed on future registration, transcript releases and other similar functions.
By registering for classes, students are acknowledging responsibility to pay any expenses incurred by the college to collect on an account, should it become delinquent. Students are expected to meet all financial obligations when due. Collection costs and charges, along with all attorneys’ fees necessary for the collection of any debt to the college, will be charged to and paid by the debtor.