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Student Consumer Information

Academic Programs

A list of all academic programs for undergraduate and graduate students, including details and requirements of each program can be found by clicking on the links below.

Undergraduate

Graduate

North East

 

Annual Clery Report and Fire Disclosure Report

The Campus security report provides information concerning safety and security on campus. Each federally funded educational institution is required to post information concerning crime prevention, campus safety and security, crime statistics, and other security information on an annual basis.

 

Code of Conduct for Educational Loans

The Board of Trustees of Mercyhurst University recognizes that ensuring the integrity of the student financial aid process is critical to providing fair and affordable access to higher education. These guidelines are designed to avoid any potential for a conflict of interest between the University, its students or their parents in the student financial aid process.

Student Loan Code of Conduct

 

College Navigator Site

Consumer information about each institution is posted on one site for student accessibility. http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?q=mercyhurst&s=all&id=213987

 

Copyright Infringement

Copyright infringement laws are put in place to protect the original works of authors or creators. These original works cannot be reproduced, distributed, performed, or publicly displayed without the author’s permission.

http://libguides.mercyhurst.edu/copyright

 

Cost of Attendance

Each year Mercyhurst develops student expense budgets (cost of attendance), using U.S. Dept. of Education guidelines. These are used to determine students' financial need at Mercyhurst. Students’ expense budgets include approximate tuition and fee costs as well as allowances for the cost of books and supplies, transportation, food, housing and personal expenses. These expense budgets represent the maximum amount of financial aid that students may receive from all sources, including student loans.

Undergraduate

Graduate

Adult

North East

 

Crime Log

The Police and Safety Department must maintain a daily crime log, which lists all crimes reported to the Police and Safety Department that are committed on campus and on public grounds immediately adjacent to the campus. The crime log must contain information concerning the nature, date, time, and general location of each crime, and the disposition of the incident, if known. The crime log for the Mercyhurst University Erie campus is maintained at the Police and Safety Office. Mercyhurst University students, faculty, administrators, staff, and the general public can view the crime log between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on any weekday.

 

Distribution of Financial Aid

Financial Aid funds are disbursed at the end of add/drop week in accordance with the published academic calendar. Refunds are issued approximately three weeks after the start of the term. 

 

Drug and Alcohol Abuse

Mercyhurst strives to create a safe learning environment for students and discourages the irresponsible use of alcohol, and drug abuse. There are policies and procedures in place to protect our students from the dangers involved with this type of activity and counseling services available to help those in need.

Campus security report

 

Entrance and Exit Loan Counseling

Students who borrow Federal student loans are required to complete an entrance counseling session and an exit counseling session. Each session describes the financial responsibility the student will be undertaking, details about loan interest rates, and loan repayment options.

Entrance & Exit Loan Counseling

 

Evacuation and Emergency Notifications

The Mercyhurst Evacuation and Emergency Notification policies and procedures can be found in the Annual Clery Report and Fire Disclosure Report.

Campus security report

 

Federal Refund Policy

The Financial Aid Office is required by federal statute to determine how much financial aid was earned by students who withdraw, drop out, are dismissed, or take a leave of absence prior to completing 60% of a payment period or term.

For a student who withdraws after the 60% point-in-time, there are no unearned funds. However, a school must still complete a Return calculation in order to determine whether the student is eligible for a post-withdrawal disbursement. The calculation is based on the percentage of earned aid using the following Federal Return of Title IV funds formula:

Percentage of payment period or term completed is the number of days completed up to the withdrawal date divided by the total days in the payment period or term. (Any break of five days or more is not counted as part of the days in the term.) This percentage is also the percentage of earned aid.

Funds are returned to the appropriate federal program based on the percentage of unearned aid using the following formula:

Aid to be returned is (100% of the aid that could be disbursed minus the percentage of earned aid) multiplied by the total amount of aid that could have been disbursed during the payment period or term.

If a student earned less aid than was disbursed, the institution would be required to return a portion of the funds and the student would be required to return a portion of the funds. Keep in mind that when Title IV funds are returned, the student borrower may owe a balance to the institution.

If a student earned more aid than was disbursed to him/her, the institution would owe the student a post-withdrawal disbursement which must be paid within 120 days of the student's withdrawal.

The institution must return the amount of Title IV funds for which it is responsible no later than 45 days after the date of the determination of the date of the student's withdrawal. Refunds are allocated in the following order:

  • Unsubsidized Direct Stafford Loans (other than PLUS loans)
  • Subsidized Direct Stafford Loans
  • Federal Perkins Loans
  • Direct PLUS Loans
  • Federal Pell Grants for which a Return of funds is required
  • Federal Supplemental Opportunity Grants for which a Return of funds is required
  • Other assistance under this Title for which a Return of funds is required

 

FERPA

The information provided under the student section includes information about the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA). This federal law protects student privacy and provides for review and disclosure rights of the student’s records.

http://my.mercyhurst.edu/handbook/academic-affairs/ferpa/

 

Financial Aid Forms

General financial aid and verification forms are listed on the financial aid website and updated annually.

http://www.mercyhurst.edu/admissions/financial-aid

 

Financial Aid for Study Abroad

Students may be eligible to utilize certain types of financial aid funds to study abroad for a semester or more while attending Mercyhurst. There are limitations and certain criteria which must be fulfilled in advance if using financial aid to pay for a portion or all of the expenses abroad.

http://www.mercyhurst.edu/study-abroad#Frequently%20Asked%20Questions

 

Fire Log

This log is maintained in the Annual Clery Report and Fire Disclosure Report and includes the incident type, date incident is reported, date and time of occurrence, general location of each reported incident type and the disposition of the incident if that information is known.

Campus security report

 

Fire Safety Report

The Fire Safety Report is combined with the Annual Clery Report and Fire Disclosure Report and includes information concerning fire safety and education, statistics, policies and procedures, the fire log, and other fire safety related information.

Campus security report

 

General Student Information

The information provided under this section will allow students to access general information about Mercyhurst University. This includes directions to the school, a campus map, as well as employee contact information. Students can also see what academic programs Mercyhurst has to offer and the cost of attendance for both, undergraduate and graduate degrees. The links will also provide information about academic statistics and general policies.

General school information: http://www.mercyhurst.edu

Contact information: http://www.mercyhurst.edu/about-mu/contacts

Campus Map

Student Body Diversity: http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?q=mercyhurst&s=all&id=213987#enrolmt

Institutional Refund Policy

 

Institutional Refund Policy

For 14-week semesters, a percentage of tuition charged will be refunded as follows:

  • 100% during the first week
  • 80% the second week
  • 70% the third week
  • 60% the fourth week
  • 0% the fifth week and beyond

For fees, a 100% refund will be given during the first week; and no fee refund thereafter.

Mercyhurst uses a census date which is the final registration status the morning following the last day of the drop/add period. 

After the first week of the semester, there is no financial adjustment when a student drops from full-time to part-time.

Mercyhurst adheres to the Federal Refund Policy for all students who receive Title IV Federal Funds. If a student completely withdraws from the University within the first 60% of the semester, all or a portion of federal aid may be returned. These policies are outlined in the Mercyhurst Catalog or can be obtained by contacting the U.S. Department of Education.

 

Licensing and accreditation

Mercyhurst University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and The Pennsylvania Department of Education to award  associate, baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral degrees.

Middle States Commission on Higher Education
3624 Market Street, 2nd Floor West, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Telephone: (267) 284–5000
E-mail: info@msche.org 

In addition, the university strives to achieve specialized accreditation for all its eligible programs. Currently, the following programs/units have earned specialized accreditation from professional accrediting agencies (non-state government agencies): http://www.mercyhurst.edu/about-mu/fast-facts

 

Missing Student Policy

Any individual on campus who has information that a resident student may be a missing person must notify the Office of Police and Safety as soon as possible. Note: In order to avoid jurisdictional conflicts when an off-campus and/or commuter student is believed to be missing, the reporting person should immediately notify local law enforcement authorities. The Office of Police and Safety will assist off campus authorities with these investigations as requested. Additional information on the Missing Student Policy can be found in the Annual Clery Report and Fire Disclosure Report through the link below.

Campus security report

 

Net Price Calculator

The Net Price Calculator uses students’ answers to specific questions to calculate an estimated cost of attendance and expected financial aid.

 

Notice of Non-Discrimination

Mercyhurst University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, age, veteran status, gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation in its programs and activities as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and University policies. Mercyhurst University prohibits sexual harassment, including sexual violence. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies and to serve as the overall campus coordinator for purposes of Title IX compliance: Meredith Bollheimer, Compliance Officer and Title IX Coordinator, 300 Old Main, 814-824-3363.  The following individuals have been designated as deputy Title IX coordinators: for Athletics, Stacey Gaudette, Assistant Athletic Director, Baldwin Lower Level, 814-824-2079 and for Student Life, Laura Zirkle, Vice President for Student Life, Egan 314, 814-824-2262, and for Employees, Tina Fryling, Preston 122, 814-824-2352, and for any community members of the branch campuses, including the North East campuses, Jacqulyn Fink, Miller 104, 814-725-6274, and for Training and Resources, Chantelle Aubry, 814-824-3081 and Courtney Olevnik, 814-824-2333.  Inquiries concerning the application of anti-discrimination laws may be referred to the Title IX coordinators or to the Office for Civil Rights, United States Department of Education. For further information on notice of nondiscrimination, visit http://wdcrobcolp01.ed.gov/CFAPPS/OCR/contactus.cfm for the address and phone number of the U.S. Department of Education office that serves your area, or call 1-800-421-3481.

 

Out of State Refund Policies for Online Courses

.10 Refund Policy

The minimum refund that an institution shall pay to a Maryland student who withdraws or is terminated after completing only a portion of a course, program, or term within the applicable billing period is as follows. 

Out of State Refund Policy for Online

Mercyhurst has applied to the state of Maryland confirming  with the Maryland Higher Education Commission for Out-of-State Online Education Registration.

 

Retention Rate

The retention rate is the percentage of students who enter the university one year and continue to the next. The following link provides the retention rates for Mercyhurst University.  http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?q=mercyhurst&s=all&id=213987#retgrad

 

Student Athlete Consumer Information

The EADA (Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act) Report was established to provide a customized reporting tool for public inquiries about equity in athletics. Each school must submit data annually to stay in compliance with the federally mandated regulations.

http://ope.ed.gov/athletics/Index.aspx

 

Student Grievance Policy – Online and Blended Courses and Programs:

Mercyhurst students studying within the blended and online environment and living out of state who have a concern or grievance related to his/her blended or online course should work to resolve any disputes or grievances with Mercyhurst University internally by contacting the Office of Academic Affairs at officeofacademicaffairs@mercyhurst.edu or by calling (814)824-2268. 

If the issue has not been resolved to the student’s satisfaction, the student can contact their home state Department of Education  in order to file a complaint.  A complete list of state agencies can be found at http://www.sheeo.org/sites/default/files/Complaint%20Process%20Links%2012-2012.pdf.  

 

Students Convicted of Possession or Sale of Drugs

A federal or state drug conviction can disqualify a student for FSA funds. Convictions only count if they were for an offense that occurred during a period of enrollment for which the student was receiving Federal Student Aid. A student may regain eligibility the day after the ineligibility period ends or when he successfully completes a qualified drug rehabilitation program.

http://ifap.ed.gov/eannouncements/attachments/011311DrugWorksheetENAttach.pdf

 

Title IX - Sexual Harassment Policy

In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendment Act of 1972, Mercyhurst University prohibits discrimination based on sex in its educational and athletic programs, as well as in extracurricular activities sponsored by the University. To ensure compliance with Title IX and other federal and state civil rights laws, the University has developed policies and procedures that prohibit sex discrimination in all forms.

For more information on our Title IX Policy, click here.

 

Voter’s Registration

Below you will find a direct link to the US government voter’s registration page. You may access this site to fill out the necessary forms to be registered to vote.

http://www.eac.gov/voter_resources/register_to_vote.aspx

 

Withdrawing from the University

Students who find it necessary to withdraw from the University must fill out a withdrawal form available in the Office of Academic Affairs. Students can complete a temporary withdrawal (2 semesters or less) or a complete withdrawal. Students who withdraw for medical or mental health reasons must present appropriate documentation at the time of the withdrawal. These documents will be reviewed by Mercyhurst’s Counseling Director and could impact any refund as well as conditions for readmission to the University. 

Failure to comply with this regulation may result in the assignment of a grade of ‘F’ for all courses in which the student is currently enrolled and possible separation from the University. The student may also forfeit any rights of readmission to the University. When students withdraw they should refer to the Academic Calendar for the last day to withdraw from a course in order to receive withdrawal (W) grades. Withdrawal after this date will result in ‘F’ grades. 

Every student receiving a federal grant and/or loan who completely withdraws officially or unofficially within the first 60% of the semester will be subject to a Title IV Return of Federal Funds review. This review will determine the portion of federal funds the student earned and the portion of federal funds the school must return to the Department of Education. Please refer to the Refund Policy in the Mercyhurst University Catalog for complete details.  

Students that receive all F’s for a semester who did not formally withdraw will be reviewed by the Student Financial Services Counselor to establish the students’ last date of attendance. If a student ceased attendance for all classes before 60% of the semester was over, that last date of attendance will be used. If a last date of attendance cannot be determined, the Student Financial Services Counselor is required to process an “unofficial” withdrawal date using the mid-point of the semester to calculate unearned federal funds that must be returned to the appropriate federal aid program. 

Students need to understand that, although they can withdraw from a semester with W grades, the Student Financial Services Counselor must review and adjust federal aid disbursements made to any student receiving federal grants and/or loans based on their last date of attendance or unofficial withdrawal date. The student is responsible for any returned federal funds that results in a balance due on their student account. If payment is not made, the student will be liable for all reasonable collection costs, including attorney fees and other charges necessary for the collection of any amount not paid.