In accordance with federal regulations as set forth by the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA), as amended by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA), below is a summary of consumer information that must be disclosed to all students at Enterprise State Community College (ESCC). Each topic listed below is a brief description of the information that must be disclosed and explains how it may be obtained.
Enterprise State Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award Associate’s degrees and certificates. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Enterprise State Community College. Specific questions regarding ESCC’s educational programs, admission requirements, financial aid, and other matters related specifically to the College should be forwarded directly to the College.In accordance with federal regulations as set forth by the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA), as amended by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA), below is a summary of consumer information that must be disclosed to all students at Enterprise State Community College (ESCC). Each topic listed below is a brief description of the information that must be disclosed and explains how it may be obtained. If you need assistance in obtaining information listed or you would like a copy, please contact the respective location noted in each section or the Office of Planning, Information Services and Institutional Effectiveness.
FEDERAL FAMILY EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS AND PRIVACY ACT (FERPA)
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The Act establishes the rules and regulations regarding access to and disclosure of student records. It provides for the right to inspect and review education records, the right to seek to amend those records, and the right to limit the disclosure of information from the records. To fulfill FERPA requirements, the College has established policies regarding student records. These policies outline a student’s rights regarding his/her records, where records about the student may be kept and maintained, what kinds of information are in the records, the conditions under which the student or anyone else may have access to information in the records, and what action a student can take if it is believed student’s rights have been compromised. Policies on privacy of students and release of records are included on pages 66 and 72 of the College Catalog and Student Handbook. The College is also required to annually notify students of their rights under FERPA. To review and obtain a written copy of the information regarding FERPA, contact the Associate Dean of Students.
FACILITIES AND SERVICES FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
Enterprise State Community complies with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. A person who may have a disability and require special materials, services, or assistance, or has questions relating to accessibility, should contact the ESCC Disability Support Services Staff for respective campuses, listed on page 13 of the College Catalog and Student Handbook. For TDD users in Alabama, the Alabama Relay Center is available by calling 1-800-548-2546.
Information is reported to the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) through the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Additional information may be viewed on the NCES College Navigator.
COST OF ATTENDING THE COLLEGE
Tuition and fees are included in the College Catalog and Student Handbook and on the Tuition & Fees. Information is also reported to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). Tuition, fees, and estimated student expenses can be viewed on the NCES College Navigator.
NET PRICE CALCULATOR
Enterprise State Community College’s Net Price Calculator provides estimated net price information to current and prospective students and their families based on a student’s individual circumstances. Information is also reported to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), and can be viewed at the NCES College Navigator.
Textbook prices and information by course can be found on the College website.
Information about the College’s academic programs, degree offerings, and certificate programs is available in the College Catalog and Student Handbook. For information regarding programs or additional questions, contact the Dean of Instruction. Information is reported to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) and a list of programs and majors can be viewed on the NCES College Navigator.
Enterprise State Community College has a refund policy that stipulates the amount of tuition and fees to be refunded to students who withdraw from classes during a term. This policy is published by the Business Office and is included on the College Catalog and Student Handbook. Questions regarding the calculations of refunds may be directed to the Business Office.
TUITION, FACILITIES, RENEWAL, AND TECHNOLOGY FEE REFUNDS
Time Limit For Complete Withdrawal. No refunds will be made after the first three weeks of any given semester. Computations are made from the first official class day and are computed according to the date the student actually appears at the College to withdraw and not according to the student’s last day of attendance.
If a student withdraws following registration but prior to the first official class day, all tuition and fees are refunded. Refunds are computed as follows:
A. A 75% refund* is given with complete withdrawal during the first week of classes.
B. A 50% refund* is given with complete withdrawal during the second week of classes.
C. A 25% refund* is given with complete withdrawal during the third week of classes.
D. No refund is given with complete withdrawal during or after the fourth week of classes.
*An administrative fee not to exceed five percent of tuition and other institutional charges shall be assessed financial aid for each withdrawal within the period beginning the first day of class and ending at the end of the third week of class. Enterprise State Community College shall comply with federal and state regulations relative to refund of tuition and fees.
REFUND FOR PARTIAL WITHDRAWAL
Students who do not completely withdraw from the College but drop a class during the regular drop/add period will be refunded the difference in tuition paid and the tuition rate applicable to the reduced number of hours, including fees appropriate to the classes dropped. There is no refund due to a student who partially withdraws after the official drop/add period.
REPAYMENT POLICY (RETURN OF TITLE IV FINANCIAL AID)
Enterprise State Community College complies with federal regulations relative to return of tuition and other institutional charges for all Title IV recipients. The Federal Return of Title IV Funds Policy is to be used for a Title IV student who completely withdraws from all classes. The policy shall also be applied to those students who cease attendance in all classes but do not officially withdraw. The Return in Compliance with Federal Regulations is included on page 25 in the College Catalog and Student Handbook. The federal government mandates that students who withdraw from all classes may only keep the financial aid (federal “Title IV grant”) they have “earned” up to the time of withdrawal. Funds that were disbursed in excess of the earned amount must be returned by the College and/or the student to the federal government. Questions regarding the calculations of refunds may be directed to the Business Office.
Enterprise State Community College’s withdrawal policies for dropping a course or all courses can be found on pages 73-74 in the College Catalog and Student Handbook.
TRANSFER OF CREDIT POLICIES AND ARTICULATION AGREEMENTS
Enterprise State Community College’s policies regarding general principles for the transfer of credit are outlined on pages 19-20 in the College Catalog and Student Handbook. Students or prospective students with questions concerning transfer of credit may contact the Associate Dean of Students. Course work transferred or accepted for credit toward an undergraduate program must represent collegiate coursework relevant to the formal award. Course content and level of instruction must result in student competencies at least equivalent to those of students enrolled in College undergraduate formal award programs. In assessing and documenting equivalent learning and qualified faculty members, the College may use recognized guides that aid in the evaluation for credit. Such guides include those published by the American Council on Education, the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, and the National Association of Foreign Student Affairs.
The Alabama Articulation Program (called Alabama Transfers) is a computerized articulation and transfer planning system designed to inform students who attend Alabama Community Colleges about degree requirements, course equivalents, and other transfer information pertaining to specific majors at each state funded four year institution. Enterprise State Community College students planning to transfer to an Alabama public senior institution must print and retain the Articulation Guide for their major along with the transfer institution’s Area V courses. The guide and Area V course listing must be submitted to the senior institution upon transfer. Students who are interested in receiving a Alabama Transfers Guide should visit the Alabama Transfers website. Information is provided on page 39 in the College Catalog and Student Handbook.
INSTRUCTIONIAL FACILITIES AND LABS
Information on the College’s instructional facilities and laboratories is available from the Office of the Dean of Instruction.
COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT POLICIES (INCLUDING COMPUTER USE AND FILE SHARING)
Enterprise State Community College respects the intellectual property rights of others seriously and expects students, faculty, and staff to do so as well. It is the responsibility of all members of the College to make a good faith determination that their use of copyrighted materials complies with the United States Copyright Law. Proper use of copyright materials also extends to electronic resources available on the Internet. Information about the College’s policy related to copyright materials of electronic resources, including peer-to-peer file sharing, can be found on pages 15 and 47-52 in the College Catalog and Student Handbook. This gives a detailed outline of policies and sanctions that may be imposed for violations. Students and others are also reminded that copyright infringement is a federal offense punishable by law.
Enterprise State Community College offers activities, programs, and services that promote leadership, academic support, social opportunities and cultural experiences through clubs and organizations. Student organizations and activities give the student body an opportunity to make positive contributions to both the community and the institution. All student organizations are open to all students of the College without respect to race, creed, national origin, gender or disability. Clubs and organizations offer all students an opportunity to be involved in campus activities, to build friendships, and to serve the College and the community. Inquiries regarding student activities may be directed to Office of the Dean of Students.
VOTER REGISTRATION INFORMATION
Enterprise State Community College makes every effort to educate students regarding the importance of exercising their right to vote. The College is required to distribute voter registration forms to students for federal elections and state elections for governor. In an effort to distribute voter registration forms to students, the College through the Student Government Association (SGA) conducts periodic voter registration drives and makes forms available on all campuses. Students interested in obtaining voter registration forms may contact the Office of the Dean of Students. Students may also visit the United States Election Assistance Commission website to register electronically.
STUDENT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
Enterprise State Community College is dedicated to assisting students who need financial aid to attend college. All students are encouraged to apply and every effort is made to communicate the availability of financial aid to students, prospective students, and parents. Information regarding student financial aid programs, services, and application procedures is included on pages 26-38 in the College Catalog and Student Handbook. Information regarding financial aid programs, services, and application procedures are included. Financial aid Information is reported to the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) and additional information can be found on the NCES College Navigator. Individuals may also contact the Offices of Financial Aid on the Enterprise Campus or the Ozark Campus for all Aviation-related programs.
STUDENT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Students have the right to know the following information regarding financial aid at Enterprise State Community College:
- Financial aid programs available
- Names of accrediting agencies and licensing organizations
- Educational programs and services available
- Cost of attendance, Refund and Return of Title IV funds policies
- Procedures and deadlines for submitting applications
- How financial aid recipients are selected
- How the College determines financial need
- Explanation of each type and amount of assistance in financial aid award
- How and when students will receive financial aid funds
- Job description and rate of pay for any job assigned under the Federal Work-Study Program
- How the College determines if students are making satisfactory academic progress and what happens if they are not
- What special facilities and services are available to students with disabilities
Students have the following responsibilities:
- Review and consider all information about the College’s programs of study before enrolling
- Completing applications correctly and on time
- Read and understand all materials sent from the Office of Financial Aid and other agencies
- Keep copies of all documents submitted to the Office of Financial Aid
- Provide all documentation, corrections and/or new information requested by the Office of Financial Aid
- Notify the College of any information that has changed since application completion
- Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
- Use financial aid only for expenses related to attending Enterprise State Community College
- Satisfactorily perform the work agreed upon in the Federal Work-Study job
- Understand the College’s Refund and Return to Title IV policies
FEDERAL STUDENT FINANCIAL AID PENALTIES FOR DRUG LAW VIOLATIONS
Enterprise State Community College advises the student that a conviction for any offense, during a period of enrollment for which the student is receiving Title IV funds, under any federal or state law involving the possession or sale of illegal drugs will result in the loss of eligibility for any Title IV, HEA grant, or work-study assistance. The period of ineligibility for federal student aid funds depends on whether the conviction was for sale or possession and whether the student has previous offenses. Periods of ineligibility may range from one year from date of conviction to an indefinite period as determined by a federal or state judge. Students so convicted must also complete a qualified drug rehabilitation program.
STUDENT LOAN INFORMATION
Enterprise State Community College students should go to studentaid.gov to complete entrance counseling requirements for Initial Loan Counseling for Student Borrowers. Enterprise State Community College students should go to studentaid.gov to complete exit counseling requirements for Exit Counseling for Student Borrowers.
ATHLETIC PROGRAM PARTICIPATION AND FINANCIAL SUPPORT
As part of the Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act, information on the annual participation rates and financing of men’s and women’s sports in intercollegiate athletic programs is available upon request to students and the general public. Information is reported to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) and can be viewed on the NCES College Navigator. For additional information or to receive a copy of this report, please contact the Athletic Director.
HEALTH AND SAFETY
DRUG AND ALCOHOL ABUSE PREVENTION PROGRAM
Enterprise State Community College is committed to the maintenance of a drug-free environment for its employees and students. The College has in operation a drug abuse prevention program which is accessible to all officers, employees, and students. This program includes, but is not limited to, lectures, conferences, a Counseling Office, classroom presentations, and Student Government Association activities. This information is also located on page 14 of the College Catalog and Student Handbook.
Enterprise State Community College does not have a policy regarding vaccinations; however, the College is concerned about the health and well-being of all members of the College community. In this regard, the College encourages all students and employees to remain current with vaccinations as suggested by appropriate health authorities.
CAMPUS SAFETY AND SECURITY
The Disclosure of Campus Security Policies and Campus Crime Statistics is included on pages 59-60 in the College Catalog and Student Handbook. This report is available on the OPE Campus Security Statistics website.