INSTITUTIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS INFORMATION

 

Students cannot be awarded more than one scholarship per semester except in the case of Work – Study Scholarship. Scholarships are awarded at the beginning of each semester and recipients will receive the units for the amount of the scholarship toward their tuition. The total scholarship cannot exceed the tuition that the student should pay. There are several types of scholarships which are available for students.

 

Types of Institutional Scholarships

 

Academic Achievement Scholarship

One fulltime BA student and one fulltime MDiv student with the highest grade point average (GPA) for the study in a program at the graduation. This scholarship is normally between $200 and $500 each. Students who will receive this scholarship will be notified by the academic dean before graduation.

 

Active Pastor and Missionary Scholarship

The active assistant pastors, senior pastors, and missionaries abroad may receive this scholarship benefits. The assistant pastors and senior pastors of local church must submit a verification of the ministry and its position from their respective church authority. The missionaries must submit verification from their sponsoring organization or church. After reviewing the application and the verification, the applicant may receive up to twenty-five percent (25%) of their current tuition, except the missionaries abroad who may receive up to 50%. To receive this scholarship, the application must be received within the first two weeks of the semester (within Add/Drop period). Any application submitted after this period will take effect during the following semester. The GMU’s Scholarship Committee will make the scholarship awards decision and the amount based on the availability of the existing scholarship fund.

 

Family Scholarship

A couple or family members enrolled at GMU concurrently may submit an application for scholarship. After reviewing the application, the students who carry less units points may receive up to 50% of the tuition reduction. The GMU’s Scholarship Committee will make the scholarship awards decision and the amount based on the availability of the existing scholarship fund.

 

Financial Need Scholarship

Students who have financial needs are invited to obtain an application from the school office. They are to complete the application and submit it to the student dean. Each May the Scholarship Committee will consider applications for the following academic year. By the end of May, Student Dean will post the names of students to receive this scholarship. (If a student does not want his or her name posted as a winner of a financial need scholarship, he or she should include a stamped, self-addressed envelope along with the application. He or she should tell the Student Dean not to post his or her name. He or she should also note this at the bottom of the application.)

 

Work – Study Scholarship

At the beginning of each semester, on-campus job descriptions will be posted on the bulletin board. Interested students should contact the school office. Money earned will be applied to any outstanding balance (e.g. tuition and fees). A student who does not owe any money to the school will receive cash.

 

Sponsor Matching Scholarship – Designated Scholarship

A church or organization may choose a student to support, or may provide a scholarship for a particular type of student (e.g. a pastor’s son, a student who wants to become a missionary). The later type of scholarship is announced when available. Students should see the student dean to apply for a designated scholarship.

 

 

Scholarship Applications

All applicants for scholarships must attain a 2.5 GPA or higher in the previous semester. Students desiring to receive financial assistance must submit a scholarship application at the time of registration each semester. The application is supplied at registration or can be obtained at the administrative office.

 

Scholarship Committee

The Scholarship Committee has the task of screening the awarding of scholarships, fundraising, and managing scholarship funds. It is organized as follows: President (Chair), Chief Academic Officer, Dean of Students, CFO and Financial Aid Office.

 

All matters that are not stipulated clearly shall be discussed and decided by the Scholarship Committee of the school which ordinarily meets once each semester.

 

 

FEDERAL STUDENT AID

 

The cost of higher education has increased significantly and paying for higher education is a challenge for many students. Many students are forced to rely on some outside help to pay for the rising costs of postsecondary education. Some students work while attending school, others seek educational loans. Federal Student Aid (FSA) is available for GMU students. GMU is committed to helping students apply and receive FSA based on their eligibility.

The financial aid office at GMU will do its best to assist students in the application process for FSA, answer questions, and process all FSA in a professional and timely manner.

Requirements for Eligibility

Requirements for Eligibility are the following:

  • The student must be a citizen or eligible non-citizen.
  • Have a high school diploma or GED.
  • Must be enrolling in an eligible educational program.
  • Working toward a degree or certificate.
  • Making satisfactory academic progress.
  • Must not be in default of a previous federal educational loan or Pell grant.
  • If a student already has a Bachelor’s degree he/she is not eligible to receive Pell grants but educational loans are available.
  • Register with the Selective Service (if a male between the age of 18-25)

 

General Financial Aid Information

If you wish to apply for financial aid or you have questions, or you need sections of the handbook clarified, contact the financial aid office at the school. Additional information regarding the student aid programs available at GMU financial aid department may be found in student guide “Funding Education Beyond High School” and the “Free Application for Federal Student Aid” published by the U.S. Department of Education. Additional information may be obtained by calling the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1 (800) 433-3243, TTY 1 (800) 730-8913, or logging on to the Internet at http://studentaid.ed.gov.

 

Compliance Statement

The federal Privacy ACT of 1974 requires that students be notified that the disclosure of his/her social security number is mandatory. The social security number is used to verify students’ identities to process the awarding of funds, the collection of funds, and the tracing of individuals who have borrowed funds from federal, state or private programs.

 

Financial Aid Mechanism

Financial aid is a mechanism that reduces out-of-pocket costs that the student and/or parents must pay to obtain a specific postsecondary education. Presented differently, financial aid is money made available to help students meet the cost of school’s attendance. Financial aid includes grants and loans. Grants do not have to be prepaid. Loans usually have low interest rates that a student must repay in accordance to the individual loan program terms. Most of the loans can be arranged to require payment after a grace period of several months upon graduation, or upon the student’s termination from the program or if a student’s attendance falls below half time. Financial aid is awarded to students who have “need”. Need is the difference between the amount of money that the family will be expected to contribute to meet student costs and the cost of education at this school.

 

Title IV Student Financial Aid Programs

The college is approved for, and does participate in the following USDE Title IV programs intended to defray the costs of attending for those students eligible for financial aid considerations:

 

GRANT (FREE)AID (This aid does not have to be repaid)

Federal PELL Grant Program (FPELL) $5,645 maximum annual limit (Does not require repayment)

 

For more specific information on each program please refer to the student guides available at Student Guide web site http://studentaid.ed.gov/students/publications/student_guide/index.html

LOANS TO STUDENT AND/OR PARENT  (THIS AID MUST BE REPAID!  THESE LOANS ARE NOT DISCHARGED BY BANKCRUPTY)

Direct Federal Stafford LOANS: If student obtain a loan, the student will have to repay full amount of the loan plus interest, less the amount of any refund, and that, if the student receives federal student financial aid funds, the student is entitled to a refund of the money not paid from federal financial aid funds.

 

**Subsidized loans (Interest earned while in school and during grace period is covered by the USDE).

**Unsubsidized loans (Interest earned while in school and during grace period may be delayed until the repayment period and will be added to the loan balance).

**Parent loans (PLUS) (Interest due from parents as last disbursement on a loan is made)Perkins loan program (Interest earned while in school and during grace period is covered by the USDE).

 

STUDENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO KEEP THEIR LOAN DEBT AS LOW AS POSSIBLE. THESE LOANS ARE AGRESSIVELY COLLECTED BY THE USDE AND ITS CONTRACTORS. INTEREST LIABILITY ON LATE PAYMENTS IS VERY EXPENSIVE. LACK OF PAYMENT IS A VERY DAMAGING TO UNITS HISTORY AND FUTURE BORROWING POWER.

 

Annual loan limits and based on educational levels within the course of enrollment. Loan levels are specifically designated to the course of study at this institution. For example, If the student attended two years at a community college, but it enrolls in a course that is one academic year long without any transfer hours, the correct student level will be 1 and not 3rd.loan level.

For more specific information on each program please refer to the student guides available at Student Guide

http://studentaid.ed.gov/students/publications/student_guide/index.html

Direct Loan Basics for Studentshttp://www.direct.ed.gov/student.html

Direct Loan Basics for Parentshttp://www.direct.ed.gov/parent.html

 

Application For Aid, Procedures And Forms

Financial aid application for this institution is Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This form needs to be completed as instructed on the form. Documentation to substantiate the data entered on the form may be required by the financial aid office. Forms and assistance in completing them are available at this school during school hours. In addition to the FAFSA, the institution requires a series of forms as they apply to the individual student aid program and to the student’s individual family circumstances.

 

Federal Pell Grant Program: Funds received under this program are not subject to repayment from the student.

 

Deadline: FAFSA applications must be received by June 30 in the year on which the application is intended for. SAR or ISIR must be submitted to the financial aid office by September 29, of the award year from which aid is requested from, or your last day of enrollment in 2013-14, whichever comes first. A valid ISIR requires signatures of student, spouse and/or parents, when the ISIR has been corrected.

 

Renewal Process: A FPELL Grant award is received for one award year (July 1 to June 30 of the following year), and is not automatically renewed for the next award year. Students must re-apply for the FPELL Grant and submit a copy of the new SAR or ISIR to the financial aid office for each award year.

 

Disbursement: They are made based on per payment period via a check payable to the student or via a direct units to the student’s tuition account.

 

Federal William D. Ford Direct Loan Program

Funds received from either of the loan programs are subjected to repayment from the student. Before a loan document is submitted to the USDE, students must be fully aware of the financial responsibilities under these loan programs, the rights that the student has under the individual loan program conditions, and the consequences of failing to meet the repayment obligations.

 

Federal Direct Subsidized Loan

Federal Direct Subsidized Loans are made directly to students from the U.S. Department of Education. Subsidized loans are need based. Students may borrow up to the amount of the student’s cost of attendance less other expected financial assistance (not to exceed annual loan limits).

The Federal Government pay interest subsidies while the student is enrolled or during periods of deferment. Student would pay a combined origination/guaranty fee of a variable percentage but not to exceed 3% rebated directly to the U.S. Department of Education. Students may receive both subsidized and Unsubsidized loans provided the combine amount borrowed does not exceed applicable loan limits and that the student’s eligibility for a subsidized Federal Stafford Loan be determined prior to determining eligibility for the Unsubsidized loan. The law also stipulates that borrowers may apply for both subsidized and unsubsidized loans using a single application and that such borrowers must be given a single repayment schedule.

 

Maximum Annual Award: First level $3,500, Second level $4,500, Third level $5,500 (Max aggregate $23,000)

 

Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan

These loans expand the ability of the U.S. Department of Education to make “Unsubsidized” Federal Stafford Loans to students. These loans carry many of the same terms and conditions associated with subsidized Federal Stafford Loans with the following two exceptions:

(1) Unsubsidized loans are not need based. Students may borrow up to the amount of the student’s cost of attendance less other expected financial assistance (not to exceed annual loan limits).

(2) The Federal Government does not pay interest subsidies to the lender while the student is enrolled or during periods of deferment. Interest must be paid or capitalized, i.e., added to the principal.

 

Deadlines: Applications need to be submitted at least 30 days before the end of the loan period for which the loan has been requested. The student is responsible in locating his or her own lender that participates in the FFEL Loan Program.

 

Maximum Annual Award:

Dependent student: with Parent loan First level $2,000, Second level $2,000, Third level $2,000 (Max aggregate $8,000)

Dependent student without Parent loan or independent students: First level $6,000, Second level $6,000, Third level $7,000 (Max aggregate $14,000)

 

Disbursement: Checks are issued to the school and deposited to the student’s tuition account. It is the student’s responsibility to submit all required forms and documentation to the financial aid office before disbursement. For additional information, read the pamphlet “Direct loan Entrance Interview”

 

Determining Need

The information you report on the FAFSA form when you apply for aid, is used in a formula established by U.S. Congress that calculated your Expected Family Contribution.

Grace Mission University utilizes the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for students applying for aid. This form will be processed by a contractor of the U.S. Department of Education at no cost to the student. The results will be provided in the form of an Electronic Student Aid Report with the calculation of the Expected Family Contribution.

 

Cost Of Attendance

This institution uses the annual budgets published by the CALIFORNIA STUDENT AID COMMISSION. The estimate amount it will cost a student to go to school during an academic year of approximately 9 months is stated below.

 

Definitions related to financial aid:

The following definitions correspond to some common terms used within the financial aid terminology:

 

ACADEMIC YEAR:  24 Semester unit hours of instruction for a full time student. The midpoint of the academic year shall be a minimum of 12 semester unit hours. In effect, all students enrolled in courses with an academic year scheduled to be completed in less than 24/30 weeks, regardless of the number of Semester unit hours. Hours offered, would have aid eligibility reduced in proportion to the number of weeks and hours in the course of study in relation to the academic year.

 

COST OF ATTENDANCE: Institutional charges for tuition, fee, books and supplies in addition to an estimated cost to the student for living allowances as room, board, transportation and personal combined compose the cost of attendance for an academic year or less as the cost of attendance or educational budget.

 

UNITS BALANCE: A units balance occurs when tuition payments using Title IV funds have been received by the institution in excess of the amount of charges assessed to the student. Units balances are paid within 14 business days from the day the units balance was generated. Students must be responsible for budget their own funds and for securing that the funds are used for education related expenses.

 

DEPENDENT STUDENT: She/he is an individual who does not meet the independent student criteria. This student is required to submit his/her application and  student and parents’ income and assets data.

 

DEPENDENT: She/he is an individual other than the spouse that has been supported and will continue to be supported (50% or more of that individual personal expenses) by the student and/or spouse. If that individual is and will continue to be supported by the student parent(s), that individual would be a dependent of the parent(s) NOT a dependent of the student.

 

EXPECTED FAMILY CONTRIBUTION (EFC): Is the application of the U.S. Congressional formula to the student’s family income and assets entered in the FAFSA and used as the calculated amount that a family is expected to contribute to offset the student cost of attendance.

 

FINANCIAL AID ELIGIBILITY CITIZEN/ELIGIBLE NON-CITIZEN: You must be one of the following to receive federal student aid:

U.S. Citizen

U.S. National

U.S. permanent resident who has an I-551 or I-551C (Alien Registration receipt card).

Arrival Departure Record (I-94) from the Department of Homeland Security showing one of the following designations:

  • Refugee
  • Asylum Granted
  • Parole for a minimum of one year that has not expired
  • T-Visa holder (T-1, T-2, T-3etc)
  • Cuban-Haitian entrant
  • Holder of a valid certification or eligibility letters from the Department of Human Services showing a designation of “Victim of Human Trafficking

 

IF YOU ARE IN THE U.S. UNDER ONE OF THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS, YOU ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR FEDERAL AID:

  • F1 or F2 student visa
  • J1 or J2 exchange visitor visa only
  • G series visa (pertaining to international organizations)

 

INDEPENDENT STUDENT: An individual who meets one of the following criteria:

  1. (45) Were you born before January 1, 1990?
  2. (46) As of today, are you married? (Separated but not divorced)
  3. (47) As of July 1, 2012 will you be graduate or professional student?
  4. (48) Is currently serving on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces for the purposes other than training?
  5. (49) Are you a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces?
  6. (50) Do have children who will receive more than half of their support from you between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014?
  7. (51) Do you have dependents (other than your children or spouse) who live with you and who receive more than half of their support from you, now and through June 30, 2013?
  8. (52) At any time since you turned age 13, were both your parents deceased, were you in foster care or were you a dependent or ward of the court?
  9. (53) As determined by a court in your state are you or were you an emancipated minor?
  10. (54) As determined by a court in your state of legal residence, are you or were you in legal guardianship?
  11. (55) At any time on or after July 1, 2012, did your high school or school district homeless liaison determine that you were an unaccompanied youth who was homeless?
  12. (56) At any time on or after July 1, 2012, did the director of an emergency shelter or transitional housing program funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development determine that you were an unaccompanied youth who was homeless?
  13. (57) At any time on or after July 1, 2012, did the director of a runaway or homeless youth basic center or transitional living program determine that you were an unaccompanied youth who was homeless or were self-supporting and at risk of being homeless?

 

PARENT(S): For the purposes of the financial aid programs, “a parent” is the mother and/or father or adoptive parents, stepparent or legal guardian – not foster parents.

 

PAYMENT PERIOD: 12 semester unit hours and 12 weeks or more. It is the mid-point of the program for courses of less than 12 semester unit hours and 24 weeks.

 

NEED: Financial need is the amount left over after subtracting the expected family contribution from your cost of attendance.

 

WITHDRAWALS: Students are officially withdrawn on date of notification, date terminated by the institution, date of two consecutive weeks of absences or date when the student failed to return from an approved leave of absence.

 

Recoveries

Recoveries resulting from unearned Title IV funds are due from the student and must be paid in accordance to the terms stated in the promissory note of the student loans. If funds from the grants programs still due from the student, those funds are payable at the rate of 50%. Grant funds due from the student must be repaid within 45 days from the student’s withdrawal date. Students may make repayment arrangements with the U.S. Department of Education within the 45 days and present proof of such arrangements to the institution. If no repayment is received nor arrangements are presented, the institution will refer the debt to the U.S. Department of Education. The student will no longer be eligible for aid until informed by the U.S. Department of Education.

 

Transfer Student

A student, who attended a Post-secondary institution before the enrollment at Grace Mission University, is required to provide a Financial Aid Transcript from each of the institutions attended within the last six months before the enrollment at this institution. If a financial aid transcript is required, no aid may be advanced from the loan proceeds. Aid from other programs may be advanced to cover the first payment period. No additional aid will be available to the student until all Financial Aid Transcripts are received by Grace Mission University.

 

Verification Process:

Federal regulations 34 C.F.R Part 668, subpart E, dated March 14, 1986 April 29, 1994, November 29, 1994 – executing legislation 20 U.S.C. 1094 governing the Title IV programs require schools to be sure of certain applicant-reported data. These regulations require school to develop written policies and procedures for verification. The school is requiring making these policies available to all applicants for financial aid, as well as prospective students upon request. This procedure is part of the Admissions process. To follow the regulation and achieve consistency governing this process, the following verification policies apply to all applicants for Title IV programs. Under the regulations, the school may not disburse PEL grant until completion of verification.

 

Who must be verified: Grace Mission University shall verify 100% of those students selected by the CPS system for verification.

 

Verification Exclusions: Applicants excluded from verification include:

  • Death – Applicant dies during the award year or before the deadline for completing the verification.
  • Not an aid recipient-The student being ineligible for aid and withdrawing without receiving it.
  • Applicant is eligible to receive only unsubsidized student financial assistance
  • Post enrollment-The students was selected for verification after ceasing to be enrolled at school and all (including late) disbursement were made.
  • Certain spouse/parent status – Spouse or parent information is not required to be verified if the spouse or the parent is deceased, or physically incapacitated, or residing in a country other than the United States and cannot be contact by normal means, or cannot be located because the address is unknown and cannot be obtained by the applicant.
  • Complete verifications – If the student completed the verification at another institution prior to transferring to this school, all the following documents are provided from that school: 1/ letter stating that the verification process was completed. 2/ copy of the application data that was verified, and if the student was awarded PELL grant, a copy of the signed SAR/ISIR. 3/ a completed Financial Aid transcript.

 

Required Verification Documents: Examine the data items listed in 34 C.F.R 668.56. Different data items apply to different applicants depending upon student dependency status and the Title IV programs used.

Data items include:

  • Total number of persons in the household.
  • The number of members of household enrolled at least half-time students in postsecondary education institutions.
  • Adjusted gross income (AGI) or adjusted gross family income (AFGI) for the base year (2012).
  • U.S. income tax paid for the base year (2012)
  • IRA Deductions
  • Certain untaxed income and benefits for the base year if certain conditions would apply include:
    • Social security benefits.
    • Child support.
    • Untaxed payments to IRA or Keogh or Foreign income
    • Tax Exempt interest
    • Untaxed portion of Pensions

Grace Mission University shall resolve inconsistent application information for all applicants, in agreement with requirement of 34. C.F.R. part 688.16 (f)

 

Documentation Required: Tax filer student, spouse and/or parents (as applicable) IRS Tax Return Transcript and Copy of tax return. Non tax filler student, spouse and/or parents (as applicable) form W-2, form 4868, Signed statement, or agency documentation for SNAP (food stamps) benefits. Applicants shall complete the appropriate sections of the Verification Worksheet. There are two different worksheets: One for dependent students and one for independent students. Use the worksheets to update and for verification of data. Applicants shall follow the instructions in the Verification Worksheet. The school’s financial aid office may require/provide other appropriate forms.

 

Time Period for Providing Documentation: Applicants must provide the required documentation within 14 days from the request of FAO. Grace Mission University may not disburse FSA funds until the student has completed required verification.

 

Applicant Responsibilities: To be eligible to receive Title IV funds, we require applicants to provide requested information during the time-period(s) specified in these policies. Applicants must certify that the following data items are correct as listed on the original application; or, if not correct, must update the data items, as of the date verification:

  • Number of family members in the household
  • Number of family members in the household now enrolled as at least half-time students on postsecondary institutions
  • Change in dependency status
  • Federal PELL Grant applicants whose dependency status changes during the Award Year must file a correction application.
  • This process does not apply if the change occurs due to marriage
  • Campus-based applicants whose dependency status changes during the Award Year must have their FC re-calculated. This process does not apply if the change occurs due to marriage
  • The applicant must repay any over award, or any award, discovered during verification, for which he/she was not eligible.

 

Consequences of Failure to provide documenting within the specified time period(S): If the student cannot provide all require documentation, the school cannot complete the verification process within 14 days from the date of the request. The school must then advise applicants that they are not eligible for financial aid funds. The school then gives the applicants the following option

  • The student may continue training on a cash payment basis
  • The student may withdraw, and re-enroll at no additional charge. There will be no loss of units earned when the student provides all proof, and verification is complete. The applicant must repay any over award or any award for which he/she was no eligible, discovered during verification.

 

Interim Disbursements: The school may make interim disbursement for one disbursement if FAO have no reason to question the accuracy of the information on the FAFSA.

 

Tolerance: If there are non-dollar errors and if the error in the dollar items total is less than $25.00 there is no requirement to recalculate the students EFC.

 

Referral Procedure: The school shall forward to the Secretary of Education, referral of fraud cases.

 

Student Defaults on the Loan

If the student is eligible for a loan guaranteed by the federal or state government and the student defaults on the loan, both of the following may occur:

(1) The federal or state government or a loan guarantee agency may take action against the student, including applying any income tax refund to which the person is entitled to reduce the balance owed on the loan.

(2) The student may not be eligible for any other federal student financial aid at another institution or other government assistance until the loan is repaid.

 

The detailed default prevention plan procedures are described in Policies and Procedures.

 

Consumer Information

 

Notification of Rights under FERPA for Postsecondary Institutions

 

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) afford eligible students certain rights with respect to their education records. (An “eligible student” under FERPA is a student who is 18 years of age or older or who attends a postsecondary institution.)  These rights include:

 

  1. The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days after the day the Grace Mission University receives a request for access. A student should submit to the registrar, dean, head of the academic department, or other appropriate official, a written request that identifies the record(s) the student wishes to inspect. The school official will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. If the records are not maintained by the school official to whom the request was submitted, that official shall advise the student of the correct official to whom the request should be addressed.

 

  1. The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the student believes are inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights under FERPA.

 

A student who wishes to ask the school to amend a record should write the school official responsible for the record, clearly identify the part of the record the student wants changed, and specify why it should be changed.

 

If the school decides not to amend the record as requested, the school will notify the student in writing of the decision and the student’s right to· a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the student when notified of the right to a hearing.

 

  1. The right to provide written consent before the university discloses personally identifiable information (PII) from the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.

 

The school discloses education records without a student’s prior written consent under the FERPA exception for disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the Grace Mission University in an administrative, supervisory, academic, research, or support staff position (including law enforcement unit personnel and health staff); a person serving on the board of trustees; or a student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee. A school official also may include a volunteer or contractor outside of the [School] who performs an institutional service of function for which the school would otherwise use its own employees and who is under the direct control of the school with respect to the use and maintenance of PII from education records, such as an attorney, auditor, or collection agent or a student volunteering to assist another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibilities for the Grace Mission University.

  1. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the [School] to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA is:

 

Family Policy Compliance Office

U.S. Department of Education

400 Maryland Avenue, SW Washington, DC  20202

 

[NOTE:  In addition, a school may want to include its directory information public notice, as required by §99.37 of the regulations, with its annual notification of rights under FERPA.]

 

See the list below of the disclosures that postsecondary institutions may make without consent.

 

FERPA permits the disclosure of PII from students’ education records, without consent of the student, if the disclosure meets certain conditions found in §99.31 of the FERPA regulations. Except for disclosures to school officials, disclosures related to some judicial orders or lawfully issued subpoenas, disclosures of directory information, and disclosures to the student, §99.32 of FERPA regulations requires the institution to record the disclosure. Eligible students have a right to inspect and review the record of disclosures. A postsecondary institution may disclose PII from the education records without obtaining prior written consent of the student-

 

  • To other school officials, including teachers, within the Grace Mission University whom the school has determined to have legitimate educational interests. This includes contractors, consultants, volunteers, or other parties to whom the school has outsourced institutional services or functions, provided that the conditions listed in §99.31(a)(l)(i)(B)(J)- (a)(l)(i)(B)(2) are met. (§99.31(a)(l)) the student’s enrollment or transfer, subject to the requirements of §99.34. (§99.31(a)(2))
  • To authorized representatives of the U.S. Comptroller General, the U.S. Attorney General, the U.S. Secretary of Education, or State and local educational authorities, such as a State postsecondary authority that is responsible for supervising the university’s State-supported education programs. Disclosures under this provision may be made, subject to the requirements of §99.35, in connection with an audit or evaluation of Federal­ or State-supported education programs, or for the enforcement of or compliance with Federal legal requirements that relate to those programs. These entities may make further disclosures of PII to outside entities that are designated by them as their authorized representatives to conduct any audit, evaluation, or enforcement or compliance activity on their behalf. (§§99.3l(a)(3) and 99.35)
  • In connection with financial aid for which the student has applied or which the student has received, if the information is necessary to determine eligibility for the aid, determine the amount of the aid, determine the conditions of the aid, or enforce the terms and conditions of the aid. (§99.31(a)(4)
  • To organizations conducting studies for, or on behalf of, the school, in order to:  (a) develop, validate, or administer predictive tests; (b) administer student aid programs; or (c) improve instruction. (§99.31(a)(6))
  • To accrediting organizations to carry out their accrediting functions. ((§99.31(a)(7))
  • To parents of an eligible student if the student is a dependent for IRS tax purposes. (§99.31(a)(8))
  • To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena. (§99.31(a)(9))
  • To appropriate officials in connection with a health or safety emergency, subject to §99.36. (§99.31(a)(10))
  • Information the school has designated as “directory information” under§99.37. (§99.31(a)(ll))
  • To a victim of an alleged perpetrator of a crime of violence or a non-forcible sex offense, subject to the requirements of §99.39. The disclosure may only include the final results of the disciplinary proceeding with respect to that alleged crime or offense, regardless of the finding. (§99.31(a)(13))
  • To the general public, the final results of a disciplinary proceeding, subject to the requirements of §99.39, if the school determines the student is an alleged perpetrator of a crime of violence or non-forcible sex offense and the student has committed a violation of the school’s rules or policies with respect to the allegation made against him or her. (§99.3l(a)(l4))
  • To parents of a student regarding the student’s violation of any Federal, State, or local law, or of any rule or policy of the school, governing the use or possession of alcohol or a controlled substance if the school determines the student committed a disciplinary violation and the student is under the age of 21. (§99.3l(a)(15))

 

 

Campus Security Act Disclosure Statement – Clery Act

 

Grace Mission University

1645 West Valencia Drive – Fullerton, CA 92833

 

The Campus Security Act (Public Law 102-26) 34 C.F.R. Section 668.46 (c)(1) requires postsecondary institutions to disclose the number of instances in which certain specific types of crimes have occurred in any building or on any property owned or controlled by this institution which is used for activities related to the educational purpose of the institution and/or any building or property owned or controlled by student organizations recognized by this institution. In compliance with that law, the following reflects this institution’s crime statistics for the period between 01/01/2011 and 12/31/2013=2. PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS INSTITUTION DOES NOT HAVE ON CAMPUS HOUSING, AND THAT THERE NOT POLICE RECORDS THAT PERTAIN DIRECTLY TO THE PROPERTY USED BY THE INSTITUTION, THEREFORE THE STATISTICS BELOW REPORT ONLY THOSE INCIDENTS REPORTED TO THE INSTITUTIONAL ADMINISTRATION AND/OR TO THE LOCAL POLICE.

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Report Distribution Date: October 1, 2014

 

Occurrences REPORTED within the 2012, 2013, and 2014 Calendar Years

Crimes Reported 2013 2014 2015 Location:C=Campus

N=Non-campus

P=Public Area

* HateCrime?

(see note)

(i) Criminal homicide: 0 0 0 0
(A) Murder and non-negligent manslaughter 0 0 0 0
(B) Negligent manslaughter 0 0 0 0
(ii) Sex Offenses: 0 0 0 0
(A) Forcible sex offenses 0 0 0 0
(B) Non-forcible sex offenses 0 0 0 0
(iii) Robbery 0 0 0 0
(iv) Aggravated assault 0 0 0 0
(v) Burglary 0 0 0 0
(vi) Motor Vehicle Theft 0 0 0 0
(vii) Arson 0 0 0 0
(viii) Liquor law violations 0 0 0 0
(A) Arrests for liquor law violations, Drugs law violations and illegal weapons law violations. 0 0 0 0
(B) Persons not included in (viii) (A) who were referred to campus disciplinary 0 0 0 0
Larceny-theft (attempted Larcenies included) 0 0 0 0
Simple Assault 0 0 0 0
Intimidation 0 0 0 0
Destruction, Damage or Vandalism of Property 0 0 0 0

*Crimes reported under any of the category listed in this section that show evidence of prejudice based on race, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity or disability as prescribed by the Hate Crimes Statistical Act.

 

  1. This institution does not employ campus security personnel but encourages both its employees and students to immediately report suspected criminal activity or other emergencies to the nearest available institutional official and/or in the event of emergency to directly contact local law enforcement or other emergency response agencies by dialing 911.

 

  1. (i) All students and employees are required to report any crime or emergency to their institutional official promptly.

(ii) Preparation for the Annual Disclosure of Crime Statistics report is obtained by the institution’s secretary who contacts the correct police department District for statistics and the institution’s Daily Incident Log, and then records those statistics.

(iii) If a student or employee wishes to report a crime on a voluntary or confidential basis, the institutional official will be prepared to record and report the crime, but not the name of the informant. The student or employee may, in order to maintain confidentiality, submit the information in writing to his/her institutional official without signature. If the student wishes not to maintain confidentiality, the student will contact his/her teacher or school official who in turn will contact the nearest supervisor to report criminal actions or emergencies to the appropriate agency by calling (911).                                       

 

  1. Only students, employees and other parties having business with this institution should be on institutional property. Staff, faculty, students, and prospective students or any person entering the premises must have and CARRY on them at all times a security identification badge. Those without an identification badge must sign in at the entrance and identify their purpose of visit, the person to be visited and register their time in and out of the building. The visitor must also wear a visitor’s badge while on campus. All rear access doors leading to the campus are closed and locked during evening hours staring at 5 PM. When the school closes for the night, the school’s official or supervisor will inspect each floor to see that it is empty and then set the alarms on each floor and then lock down the campus. Other individuals present on institutional property at any time without the express permission of the appropriate institutional official(s) shall be viewed as trespassing and may as such be subject to a fine and/or arrest. In addition, students and employees present on institutional property during periods of non-operation without the express permission of the appropriate institutional official(s) shall also be viewed as trespassing and may also be subject to a fine and/or arrest.

 

  1. Current policies concerning campus law enforcement are as follows:

 

  1. a) Institution’s officials have no powers of arrest other than the Citizens Arrest Law, and are required in the event of a crime or emergency to call the correct agency or dial (911) for the police and emergency services. The Citizens Arrest Law will be invoked only as a last resort, and after all other possibilities have been explored.
  2. b) Employees shall contact their immediate or nearest ranking supervisor to report any criminal action or emergency to the appropriate agency by calling (911). If possible, in the interim, the security guard(s) and or institutional official shall attempt to non-violently deal with the crime or emergency with the appropriate agency on campus. Individual discretion must be used, as undue risk should not be taken.
  3. c) The institution currently has no procedures for encouraging or facilitating pastoral or professional counseling (mental health or otherwise), other than the student or employee is encouraged to seek such aid.

 

  1. Though this institution does not offer regularly scheduled crime awareness or prevention programs, students are encouraged to exercise proper care in seeing to their personal safety and the safety of others. The following is a description of policies, rules and programs designed to inform students and employees about the prevention of crimes on campus.

 

  1. Do not leave personal property in classrooms.
  2. Report any suspicious persons to your institutional official.
  3. Always try to walk in groups outside the school premises.
  4. If you are waiting for a ride, wait within sight of other people.
  5. Employees (staff and faculty) will close and lock all doors, windows and blinds and turn off lights when leaving a room
  6. The Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act is available upon request to students, employees (staff and faculty) and prospective students.
  7. The school has no formal program, other than orientation, that disseminates this information. All information is available on request.
  8. Information regarding any crimes committed on the campus or leased/attached properties (parking lot) will be available and posted in a conspicuous place within two (2) business days after the reporting of the crime and be available for sixty (60) business days during normal business hours, unless the disclosure is prohibited by law, would jeopardize the confidentiality of the victim or an ongoing criminal investigation, would jeopardize the safety of an individual, would cause a suspect to flee or evade detection, or would result in the destruction of evidence. Once the reason for the lack of disclosure is no longer in force, the institution must disclose the information. If there is a request for information that is older than sixty 60 days, that information must be made available within two (2) business days of the request.

 

  1. The institution does not offer regularly scheduled crime awareness or prevention programs other than orientation where all the institution’s policies and regulations are properly disclosed to prospective students.

 

  1. All incidents shall be recorded in the Daily Incident Log at the institutional official’s station. The log includes the date, time, location, incident reported, and disposition of incident and the name of the person who took the report. The report must be entered in the log within two (2) business days after it is reported to the school’s official, unless that disclosure is prohibited by law or would endanger the confidentiality of the victim.

 

  1. This institution does not permit the sale, possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages on school property and adheres to and enforces all state underage-drinking laws.

 

  1. The institution does not permit the possession, use or sale of illegal drugs by its employees and students and adheres to and enforces all state and Federal drug laws. The violation of these policies by students or employees may result in expulsion, termination and/or arrest.

 

  1. Information concerning drug and alcohol abuse education programs is posted at the campus and is distributed annually to students and staff. (Institutions are advised to make available to students and staff members information on an agency that provides counseling and help on drug and alcohol abuse education).

 

  1. It is the policy of this institution to have any sexual assaults (criminal offenses) on campus to be reported immediately to the institution’s official, who will report it to (911) emergency and police units. The institution during the orientation of given to newly admitted students emphasizes the prevention of sexual crimes by insisting students to work, study and walk outside of the premises in as much as possible, accompanied by other students or in view of other persons, generally, avoiding as much as possible to be alone by themselves at any time. During the daily functioning of the school operations, staff and administrators focus in observing that students are not in any circumstance by themselves.

 

(i)     The institutional program to prevent sexual crimes consists in maintaining a continuous lookout for each other to protect and prevent any sexual assaults. The entire staff takes part of this program to protect the students and the staff among themselves.

(ii)   A person who was victimized will be encouraged to seek counseling at a rape crisis center and to maintain all physical evidence until such a time when that person can be properly transported to a hospital or rape crisis center for proper treatment.

(iii) A victim of a sexual crime has the option of reporting this crime to the institutional authorities or to report it directly to (911) and search for professional assistance from the emergency agencies. If requested, the institutional personnel will be prepared to request assistance calling (911).

(iv) The institution does not have accessibility to professional counseling, mental health or otherwise, students and employees are encouraged to seek such professional assistance at the nearest hospital or health care servicer.

(v)   The institution will offer the victim of a sexual crime, any available options to change the academic schedule in as much as possible to the benefit of the victimized person.

(vi) The institutional disciplinary actions in reference to an alleged sex offence are as follows:

(A) The accuser and the accused are entitled to the same opportunities to have others present during a disciplinary proceedings: and

(B)  Both the accuser and the accused must be informed of the outcome of any institutional proceeding brought alleging a sex offense.

(vii)                                                                                                                                    This institution has zero tolerance of violation of this policy. Once the offense is confirmed the institutional disciplinary action against students or employees may result in expulsion from school, or termination of employment and in accordance to local laws, to an arrest of the offender by the authorities.

 

  1. The institution provides the following website to obtain information concerning the registration of sex offenders’ arrest.

http://www.city-data.com/

 

  1. Revised Crime Classification: Burglary vs. Larceny: An incident must meet three conditions to be classified as a Burglary.
  • There must be evidence of unlawful entry (trespass). Both forcible entry and unlawful entry – no force are counted.
  • The unlawful entry must occur within a structure, which is defined as having four walls, a roof, and a door.

The unlawful entry into a structure must show evidence that the entry was made in order to commit a felony or theft. If the intent was not to commit a felony or theft, or if the intent cannot be determined, the proper classification is Larceny.

 

  1. Definition of On-Campus Student Housing Facility: For the purposes of the Clery Act regulations, as well as the HEA fire safety and missing student notifications regulations, any student housing facility that is owned or controlled by the institution, or is located on property that is owned of controlled by the institution, and is within the reasonably contiguous geographic area that makes up the campus is considered an on-campus student housing facility. This definition clarifies that any building located on campus on land owned or controlled by the institution that is used for student housing must be counted as an on-campus student housing facility, even if the building itself is owned or controlled by a third party.

 

15  Campus Law Enforcement Policies: All institutions must include a statement of policy regarding campus law enforcement in their Annual Security Report. This statement must contain the following elements:

  • A description of the law enforcement authority of the campus security personnel.
  • A description of the working relationship of campus security personnel with State and local law enforcement agencies, including whether the institution has agreements with such agencies, such written memoranda of understanding (MOU), for the investigation of alleged criminal offenses.

 

A statement of policies which encourage accurate and prompt reporting of all crimes to the campus police and the appropriate law enforcement agencies.

 

Students and employees should refer to the person or agency listed at the end of this report when reporting or seeking help on a criminal incident. Please note that any emergency that requires immediate attention should not wait to report to the school’s officer but rather should contact the appropriate agency by calling (911).

The institution does not maintain any special relationship with State and local police and does not have an agreement with those police agencies (such as written memoranda of understanding) to investigate alleged crimes.

This Institution encourages students to complete a timely reporting of all crimes to the campus administrators, police and appropriate law enforcement agencies

This institution encourages students to immediately report an incident where an emergency evacuation will be needed. All students should be familiar with the evacuation procedures posted in several key places around the campus.

This institution does not provide on-campus housing. Therefore the following disclosures do not apply to this institution:

Fire safety (668.49)

Missing students (668.46(h))

Emergency notifications 668.46(g))

Hate crimes 668.46(c))

Peer to Peer file sharing: Students authorized to utilize the institutional electronic equipment for purposes of conducting research, practical work, writing essays, doing homework assignments or in any general use of the equipment for course related work, are strictly unauthorized to copy or distribute any copyrighted material and any violations will subject the individual violator (staff member, non-staff member or student) to civil and criminal liabilities. The first violation will be punish by removing any authorized privilege use of any institutional equipment, if the violation includes the use of individually owned equipment, the individual will not be allowed to bring in his/her personal equipment into the school premises. Second violation the staff member may be terminated or the student may be expelled from school. This decision will be taken by the school administration. The institution conducts annual evaluations of the procedures in place to prevent any violations of copyrighted materials observing the need of the students to have access to the institutional network. The institution will keep a log summarizing violations reported and disciplinary actions taken.

Students and employees should refer to the following person or agency when reporting or seeking help on a criminal incidents. Please note that any emergency that requires immediate attention should not wait to report to the school’s officer but rather should contact the appropriate agency by calling (911).

 

Institutional Official Mr. James Koo
Title Financial Aid Director
School Name Grace Mission University  0443-01
Street address 1645 West Valencia Drive
City, State Zip Fullerton CA 92833
Phone No. 714-525-0088

 

Notice of Student Rights

 

  1. Student’s Right to Cancel: The student has the right to cancel the enrollment agreement and obtain a refund of charges paid through attendance at the first class session (first day of classes), or the seventh day after enrollment (seven days from date when enrollment agreement was signed), whichever is later.

The notice of cancellation shall be in writing and submitted directly to the School Director, and that a withdrawal may be effectuated by the student’s written notice or by the student’s conduct, including, but not necessarily limited to, a student’s lack of attendance.

 

  1. After the end of the cancellation period, you also have the right to stop school at any time, and receive a refund for the part of the course not taken. Your refund rights are described in the contract and school catalog

 

  1. If the school closes before you graduate, you may be entitled to a refund. Contact the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education at the address and phone number below for information.

 

  1. As a prospective student, you are encouraged to review this catalog prior to signing an enrollment agreement. You are also encouraged to review the School Performance Fact Sheet, which must be provided to you prior to signing an enrollment agreement

 

  1. A student or any member of the public may file a complaint about this institution with the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education by calling toll-free (888) 370-7589 or by completing a complaint form, which can be obtained on the bureau’s Internet Web site: www.bppe.ca.gov.

 

  1. Any questions a student may have regarding this catalog that have not been satisfactorily answered by the institution may be directed to the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education:

 

Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education 2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400 Sacramento California, 95833

Mailing Address: Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education P.O. Box 980818 West Sacramento, CA 95798-0818

Phone: (916) 431-6959 Toll Free: (888) 370-7589 Main Fax: (916) 263-1897 Web site: www.bppe.ca.gov

E-mail: bppe@dca.ca.gov

 

Drug and Alcohol Abuse Policy

 

In accordance with the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 (P.L. 100-690), the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989 (P.L. 101-226) and 34 Code of Federal Regulation Part 85, Subpart F, this institution is committed to maintaining a drug-free workplace and a drug-free school. Drug and alcohol abuse can lead to liver, heart and other chronic diseases, low birth weight, birth defects and infant mortality in expectant mothers, and death. The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession or use of drugs, alcohol or other controlled substances at this institution is strictly prohibited. Students and employees are required, as a condition of enrollment and/or employment, to abide by this policy.

 

To the extent allowed by local, state and federal laws, this institution will impose disciplinary action against students and employees for violating these standards of conduct. These actions may include suspension, expulsion, and termination of employment, referral for prosecution and/or required completion of a drug or alcohol rehabilitation or similar program.

 

This institution, as required by federal regulation (34 CFR 85.635 and Appendix C), will report all employees convicted of a criminal drug offense occurring in the workplace to the U.S. Department of Education. Consistent with these same regulations, employees, as a condition of employment, are required to provide written notice to this institution of their conviction for a criminal drug offense occurring at the workplace within five (5) days after that conviction. In addition, students receiving Pell Grants who are convicted of a criminal drug offense during the period of enrollment for which the Pell Grant was awarded are required by federal regulation to report that conviction in writing to the:

 

Director of Grants and Services

United States Department of Education

400 Maryland Avenue SW.

Room 3124, GSA Regional Office Bldg. #3

Washington, DC 20202-4571

 

The report must be made within 10 days after the conviction.

In addition to institutional sanctions, students and employees convicted of the unlawful possession or distribution of illicit drugs or alcohol could face local, state and federal legal penalties, which include the loss of eligibility for federal financial aid, fines, imprisonment and the seizure of drug, related assets.

 

Drug awareness programs, counseling, treatment, rehabilitation and other related services are available on an ongoing basis to students and employees of this institution through:

 

Fullerton Addiction Treatment Center

1105 E Commonwealth Ave., Suite J

Fullerton CA, 92831

Toll Free 877-345-3281 or web site at http://rehab-international.org/california-rehab/fullerton

 

Students and employees seeking assistance in overcoming a drug or alcohol related problems are encouraged to contact this organization.

This institution continues to make a good faith effort to provide a school and workplace free from the illicit use, possession or distribution of drugs and alcohol.

 

Constitution and Citizenship Day

 

Pursuant to legislation passed by Congress, educational institutions receiving Federal funding are required to hold an educational program pertaining to the United States Constitution on September 17 of each year. Grace Mission University presents programs pertaining to the United States Constitution on September 17 of each year

Voter Registration

 

You may register to vote by completing the online voter registration form at www.sos.ca.gov/nvrc/fedform/ and then mailing it to the pre-printed address on the form. You may also register to vote whenever you apply for or renew your driver’s licenses or state-issued ID card. For more information, please visit the California Secretary of State website at: www.sos.ca.gov/elections/elections_vr.htm.

 

Copyright Infringement Policy

Copyright infringement is the act of exercising, without permission or legal authority, one or more of the exclusive rights granted to the copyright owner under section 106 of the Copyright Act (Title 17 of the United States Code). These rights include the right to reproduce or distribute a copyrighted work. In the file‐sharing context, downloading or uploading substantial parts of a copyrighted work without authority constitutes an infringement.

Penalties for copyright infringement include civil and criminal penalties. In general, anyone found liable for civil copyright infringement may be ordered to pay either actual damages or “statutory” damages affixed at not less than $750 and not more than $30,000 per work infringed. For “willful” infringement, a court may award up to $150,000 per work infringed. A court can, in its discretion, also assess costs and attorneys’ fees. For details, see Title 17, United States Code, Sections 504, 505.

Willful copyright infringement can also result in criminal penalties, including imprisonment of up to five years and fines of up to $250,000 per offense.

For more information, please see the Web site of the U.S. Copyright Office at www.copyright.gov, especially their FAQ’s at www.copyright.gov/help/faq.

The STUDENTS do not tolerate unethical conduct in regard to cheating, plagiarism, copyright infringement, falsification or misrepresentation of material information in any records, financial documents or sign‐in sheets, whether inadvertent or deliberate.

Engaging in the unauthorized use or distribution of copyrighted material may result in probation, suspension, or termination/expulsion.