Dark Horse Institute Policies and Procedures

Otherwise Known as “The Fine Print”

Enrollment Procedures and Admissions Policy

To be considered for enrollment, you must have an admissions interview, fill out our admission application, and submit your app fee. We will need a photocopy of your driver’s license for your student file. Due to the limited amount of seats available, there will be no enrollment allowed after the enrollment deadline has passed.

Attendance Policy

Dark Horse Institute is a highly intensive program. Failure to attend will negatively affect how much you get out of the course. We do not allow a student to miss any more than 3 days of the program, without risking their enrollment status. If a student has extraordinary circumstances (i.e. death in family or illness), it is up to the student to receive written permission from the President or Institutional Director along with any agreement for re-entering the program at a later date.

Grading and Testing

At the completion of each two-week period, the students will have to complete practical examinations on the topics covered in each segment. Instructors will give a pass/fail grade to each student. Any student receiving a failing mark in any of the segments will be given the opportunity to retake the practical examination at a time convenient to the student and the instructor.

Student Rules of Conduct

In the interest of efficient and safe operation, and to protect the well-being and rights of all students, it is necessary to observe certain rules of conduct. Students are expected to become familiar with these rules and observe them without exception. If any rules are unclear, please consult your advisor or other Dark Horse Institute staff. Violation of rules is cause for disciplinary action and/or expulsion.

Cancellation and Refund Policies

The student understands that they may terminate their enrollment according to the Refund Policy section. The student may also terminate enrollment if upon a doctor’s order, if they cannot physically receive the services, or if the services cease to be offered. If the student terminates enrollment for either of these reasons, Dark Horse Institute may keep a portion of tuition as described in detail in the Refund Policies section.  The official date of termination will be determined by the last day of class as recorded in the daily attendance log.

Other Regulations and Policies

If I am accepted for admission by Dark Horse Institute, I agree to abide by the regulations and policies as set forth in the catalog, together with all other policies, procedures, and student conduct codes, and the schedule of tuition, fees, and expenses, and as stated in this agreement. I certify that the information that I have provided in this application is true and complete to the best of my knowledge. I fully realize that omission or falsification of information will be sufficient reason for rejection of this application or for dismissal.

I understand that Dark Horse Institute also reserves the right to cancel my enrollment if Dark Horse Institute determines (1) that I have not demonstrated sufficient potential for success as determined by the Admissions Committee and/or (2) that I do not meet all financial obligations related to enrollment and continuing enrollment.

I understand that my financial obligations to Dark Horse Institute must be paid in full, unless in good standing under the financial payment plan, before a certificate of completion may be awarded. The application for admission and the catalog, together with other published policies and procedures and student conduct codes shall constitute the entire agreement between the student and Dark Horse Institute. I understand and agree that they supersede any prior or contemporaneous oral or written agreements or statements and may not be modified without the written agreement of the Dark Horse Institute. I also understand that this Agreement constitutes a binding contract upon acceptance by Dark Horse Institute. This contract or note is for future consumer services and puts all assignees on notice of the consumer’s right to cancel under the Tennessee’s Fair Trade Rule.

Refund PoliciesDark Horse Students in class at our Studio Engineering School

If a student withdraws from the institution on or before the first day of classes, or fails to begin classes, the refund shall equal the sum of all amounts paid or to be paid by or on behalf of the student for the period of enrollment, less the application fee of two hundred and fifty dollars ($250.00)

If after classes have commenced and before expiration of ten percent (10%) of the period of enrollment for which he or she was charged, a student withdraws, drops out, is expelled, or otherwise fails to attend classes, the refund shall equal seventy-five percent (75%) of all amounts paid or to be paid by or on behalf of the student for the period, less the app fee of two hundred and fifty dollars ($250.00)

If after expiration of the of ten percent (10%) of the period of enrollment for which he or she was charged, and before expiration of twenty-five percent (25%) of the period, a student withdraws, drops out, is expelled, or otherwise fails to attend classes, the refund shall equal twenty-five percent (25%) of all amounts paid or to be paid by or on behalf of the student for the period, less the app fee of two hundred and fifty dollars ($250.00)

If after expiration of twenty-five (25%) of the period of enrollment for which he or she was charged, a student withdraws, drops out, is expelled, or otherwise fails to attend classes, the student may be deemed obligated for one hundred (100%) of the tuition, fees and other charges assessed by the institution

Student Grievance Procedure

If you have a complaint or problem you are encouraged to follow the

Student Complaint Procedure, as follows:

  1. You should discuss complaints with the individual(s) within the appropriate department. Initial discussion should be with the person most knowledgeable of the issues involved or with immediate decision-making responsibility.
  2. If you feel that the complaint has not been fully addressed, a written account should be submitted to the President and Institutional Director of Dark Horse Institute. The written account should indicate your name, phone number, and ID and discuss the steps you have taken to remedy the situation.
  3. The appropriate staff member or department will be notified of the complaint. A follow-up meeting with you and the President and or Institutional Director will be held within ten school days of the date of the written complaint in an effort to resolve the issue.
  4. If you are not satisfied with the results, you may file an appeal with the President. The appeal should be in writing and contain your name and phone number. You should summarize the steps you have taken to remedy the situation and indicate why the results are not satisfactory. You will hear the results of the appeal within ten class days from the date the appeal is received.
  5. I realize that any grievances not resolved on the institutional level may be forwarded to the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, Nashville, TN 37243-0830, (615) 741-5293.


Dark Horse Institute currently offers a Certificate of Completion upon the successful completion of coursework and testing.

Transfer of Credits Policy

To view our Transfer of Credits Policy please visit our Admissions Application Page.


Still have questions? Check out our FAQ for more information, or contact us directly at (615) 791-7020.