Student Consumer Information

The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA) requires that postsecondary institutions participating in federal student aid programs make certain disclosures to students. The following information is provided to you as a student or potential student of Jackson College (JC) in compliance with federal law. For additional information, including paper copies of any materials, please call the appropriate office or visit the indicated websites.


  • Academics

    Academic Programs and Accreditation

    Jackson College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504.

    Many of JC’s occupational programs are accredited by external occupation-specific professional organizations. Information about the program-specific accreditation is available in the JC catalog, program web pages, and on the Quality & Institutional Effectiveness department’s accreditation website.

    Inquiries regarding accreditation, licensure or regulation of JC and its programs should be directed to the executive director of quality and institutional effectiveness.

  • Cost & Financial Aid

    Cost & Financial Aid

    Cost of Attendance

    The estimated cost of attendance can be found on the Cost and Financial Aid web page. The cost of room and board at Campus View housing and meal plan options are available on the Campus View Student Housing website.


    Financial Aid and Assistance

    The Financial Aid Office can assist students in locating programs to assist them with the cost of going to college. The financial aid department provides information about: the types of financial aid; instructions on how to apply and application deadlines.

    The U.S. Department of Education’s brochure, Funding Your Education beyond High School, provides information regarding Borrower’s Rights, Responsibilities, Repayment and Loan Consolidation.

    Federal Direct and PLUS Loan information will be submitted to the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) and will be accessible by guaranty agencies, lenders and institutions determined to be authorized users of the data system.

    Estimated Monthly Payment for Direct Loans and FFEL Program Loans (Standard Repayment)

    Debt When Loan Enters Repayment Per Month* Total
    $5,000 $58 $6,904
    $10,000 $115 $13,809
    $25,000 $288 $34,524
    $50,000 $575 $69,048
    $100,000 $1,151 $138,096

    *Payments were calculated using a fixed interest rate of 6.8% for loans disbursed on or after July 1, 2006.


    Federal Student Financial Aid Penalties for Drug Law Violations

    Federal or state convictions for the possession or sale of illegal drugs that occur after the age of 18 may affect your eligibility for federal student financial aid. See the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for more information.  Please be advised that under federal law, a recipient of Title IV student financial assistance who is convicted for possession and/or sale of illegal drugs while enrolled as a student at JC, will be ineligible for further Title IV funds for a fixed period of time, as indicated below.

    Possession of Illegal Drugs Sale of Illegal Drugs
    1st Offense 1 yr from conviction date 2 yrs from conviction date
    2nd Offense 2 yrs from conviction date Indefinite period
    3+ Offenses Indefinite period

    * If convicted of both possession and selling illegal drugs, and the periods of ineligibility are different, the student will be ineligible for the longer period.

    A student regains eligibility the day after the period of ineligibility ends or when the student successfully completes a qualified drug rehabilitation program. The student will lose eligibility again upon a subsequent drug conviction.

    For more information, please contact the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-4-FED-AID.


    Refund Policy

    Students may receive a tuition refund for any class dropped on or before the last day of the ADD/DROP period for the course. Information on add/drop dates for course sections, withdrawals and cancelled course sections can be found on the Registration and Records web pages. Jackson College’s Tuition and Fees, Refunds and Adjustments to Student Accounts policy is available on the Policies and Procedures web page.


    Return of Title IV, HEA Grant or Loan Aid

    Title IV (federal) financial aid is recalculated when a student withdraws from all classes during the first 60 percent of the semester. This adjustment of all types of financial aid funding can result in the student owing money to the College. Students receiving any form of financial aid are advised to check with the financial aid office before withdrawing from any classes. Students are responsible for any financial obligation created by the loss of financial assistance that results from the student withdrawing from class(es). The return of Federal Title IV Funds will be in the following order: Federal Unsubsidized Stafford Loan, Federal Subsidized Loan, Federal PLUS, Federal Pell Grant and Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant. The amount of funds returned is determined through the Return to Title IV formula established in the 1999 federal financial aid reauthorization of the Higher Education Act of 1965. For federal financial aid purposes, the date of complete withdrawal is determined in one of the following ways:

    • Officially the date the student completes the formal withdrawal process;
    • Officially the date the student officially notifies the institution, in writing, of the intent to withdraw through the submission of a completed withdrawal form; or
    • Unofficially based on the last date of attendance (the date when the instructor assigned a “Q” to the student through the H, Q, V process).

    Jackson College must return the amount of Title IV funds for which it is responsible no later than 45 days after the date of determi­nation. The return is calculated in the following manner. The percentage of the return is equal to the number of calendar days remaining in the semester divided by the total number of calendar days in the semester. {Example:  Semester begins on September 2, 2014 and ends on December 21, 2014. There are a total of 106 calendar days in the semester [excluding Nov. 25-30, 2014 because it is at least 5 consecutive days of non-enrollment due to the Thanksgiving break]. Student withdraws on October 31, 2014. The student has completed 60 days or 56.6% (60/106 = .566) of the semester, leaving 46 days or 43.4% (46/106 = .434) of the semester remaining. Therefore, 43.4% of the federal financial aid disbursed to the student for the semester must be returned because the student had not yet earned it.} Students who withdraw from all of their courses after 60% of the semester has been completed have earned 100% of their federal financial aid.


    Satisfactory Academic Progress

    Students must be making satisfactory academic progress towards completing their Jackson College degree or certificate program. Good academic standing means maintaining a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on all attempted credit hours. Satisfactory academic progress toward completion of a course of study means completion of 67 percent of all attempted credits.

     

  • Gainful Employment

    Gainful Employment

    Jackson College keeps gainful employment statistics on all of our degree programs, certificates and concentrations.

  • Safety & Security

    Campus Safety and Security

    Campus Security Policies, Crime Statistics and Crime Log

    Policies related to Campus Security are available on JC’s policy website. JC’s Daily Crime and Fire Log is available on the JC Security website. A hard copy of the Crime and Fire Log, for the past 60 days, is available by contacting Campus Security 517.796.8620. JC publishes an Annual Safety & Security Crime and Fire Report that includes crime and fire statistics, emergency procedures, crime prevention and awareness information, campus evacuation procedures and much more.


    Missing Student Notification Procedures

    JC’s has notification procedures for when a student residing in on-campus housing has been reported missing for more than 24 hours. The Missing Student Notification policy is available on Jackson College’s Policy and Procedures web page.


    Copyright Infringement, Computer Use and File Sharing Policy

    JC’s Responsible Use policy is designed to provide students and employees with guidance about what is considered responsible use of JC’s information technology resources. All students and employees are expected to comply with all applicable copyright laws. Violations of copyright laws may result in employee and/or student disciplinary action in addition to possible civil and criminal penalties (see summary below).


    Summary of Civil and Criminal Penalties for Violation of Federal Copyright Laws

    Copyright infringement is an 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 attorney’s 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 see the website of the U.S. Copyright office at: www.copyright.gov.

  • Student Services

    Student Services

    Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

    The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that provides students with the right to review their education records, to request amendment of their records, to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information, and to file complaints with the U.S. Department of Education. Information regarding the rights of JC students under FERPA is available on the JC Policy website. This information includes JC procedures for reviewing and requesting amendment of education records, notice of the types of information JC has designated as directory information, and students’ right to withhold the release of their directory information.


    Out of State Students

    Students residing outside of the State of Michigan while attending Jackson College who desire to resolve a grievance should contact the Student Ombudsman. However, if an issue cannot be resolved internally, you may file a complaint with your state. Complaints may also be filed with the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.


    Public Transportation

    Public transportation is available for students attending Central Campus and W.J. Maher Campus. Students can take advantage of reduced bus fares offered through Jackson Transportation Authority (JTA). JTA operates a special schedule of services to Jackson College’s Central and North Campus when classes are in session.


    Services for Disabled Students

    The Center for Student Success (CSS) provides disability-related services and referrals; documents disability and conducts needs assessments; facilitates reasonable accommodations; and provides disability-related technical assistance, auxiliary aids/services, and advocacy and training.


    Student Activities

    There are many things for students to do while attending Jackson College. The Office of Student Life sponsors diverse activities.


    Student Complaints

    Jackson College desires to resolve student, grievance, complaints and concerns in an expeditious, fair and amicable manner. The Office of the Student Ombudsman is available to assist students to resolve both academic and non-academic complaints.


    Study Abroad

    The International Student Institute at Jackson College offers study abroad opportunities for students. The International Education and Study Abroad Programs policy can be found on Jackson College’s Policies and Procedures web page.


    Transfer Information

    Information regarding transferring to or from JC, including articulation and consortium agreements, is available in the Student Center on the Central Campus, in the main offices at the Clyde E. LeTarte Center in Hillsdale and at JC @ LISD TECH in Adrian. The Transfer website also provides information about articulation agreements for specific programs, the MACRAO agreement for transferring to schools within Michigan and other helpful hints for transfer students.


    Voter Registration

    Information on voting in local, state and federal elections, including a copy of the Michigan voter registration application form, is available on the State of Michigan website.

     

  • Student Outcomes

    Student Outcomes

    Career and Job Placement Services

    Jackson College’s Seminar in Life Pathways courses include career exploration and educational planning as a component of the course. The Center for Student Success provides student with the opportunity to learn about their interests, abilities and values and to assist the student to identify and learn about potential careers.

    JC students have access to the services of South Central Michigan Works centers located in Jackson, Hillsdale and Adrian to locate current employment opportunities.


    Completion/Graduation Rates

    Overall and athletic graduation, retention, transfer, and job placement rates are published on Institutional Effectiveness & Reporting department website. Jackson College annually reports important data to the National Center for Education Statistics and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Feedback Report.


    Graduate Employment and Placement


    Graduate Follow-Up Survey

    Each year, Jackson College conducts a Graduate Follow-Up Survey to determine the status of students who have recently graduated.


    Intercollegiate Athletic Program Participation Rates and Financial Support Data (Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act)

    In compliance with the Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act, information on men’s and women’s athletic programs at Jackson College is available online. The report includes the number of participants by gender for each team, operating and recruiting expenses, coaches’ salaries, revenues, and athletically related student aid.

    A paper copy of the report may be obtained by contacting the JC Athletic Director at 517.796.8628.