If I canceled a dietitian course before it was due to start, do I still have to pay?

It was approximately 2 weeks before the class was due to start and I had to

cancel but was told I had to pay a percentage of the course.

Asked on July 6, 2016 under Business Law, Ohio


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Yes, you have to pay if you signed up for the course unless and only to the extent that the course or service agreement (i.e. the contract) itself gives you the right to cancel and receive a full or partial refund. Once you agree to pay for a course, you have contractually obligated yourself to it: unless the course provider breaches its obligations in some material, or important, way, such as by not providing the course you signed up for, or not providing it on the day you signed up for, you have to pay for the class. There is no legal right to cancel without paying unless the agreement itself provides the right to do so (and, if it does, you comply with all the agreement's requirements) or unless the other side breaches the contract. If you don't pay, they can sue you and will almost certainly win.

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