I think ajohnson was explaining that the reason many courses do deep discount subscriptions, with no refunds, is that it costs money to maintain labs, etc. I don't think it was suggesting "the money isn't there because it's spent on hardware, etc, but when it is, he could refund it, later."
The point is, you paid ~ (roughly) half price, or whatever it is, for a year's access to what could easily be considered intellectual property. Thomas could easily have had other students waiting in line for your spot, who have since signed up for something else, due to availability. Those people likely can't suddenly come around and pay for his, too, as they don't have any more extra cash lying around than you do. So now, if he refunds you, not only did you get two months of exceptionally cheaper access, but you've in turn cost him more money, in students who missed out.
Someone contrasted to subscriptions... Subscriptions to software assume you'll automatically have it turned off, etc. Subscriptions to magazines, the same thing. You aren't paying someone for their time or access to machines that are costly to maintain. You are also not paying their "salary."
So again, I'm not taking sides, but simply pointing out that there are multiple sides and reasons to every story. Thomas may well work something out with you. Or he may not. I say be patient, and see how things progress. Either way, I wish you well with your continued growth / learning / development, an I'm sorry you're currently disappointed and in a 'rut.'
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