STUDENT CONSUMER INFORMATION
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.
Mercyhurst University is committed to making reasonable accommodations for qualified students, and employees with disabilities as required by law. Individuals seeking an accommodation for a disability must submit a written request outlining the specific accommodation request being made. Supporting documentation may also be required. To request an accommodation, contact Alice Agnew, Director of Equal Opportunity Programs, 300 Old Main, email@example.com, 814-824-2362. Individuals can access accommodation requests forms by clicking the relevant link below.
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.
Banking Services Agreement
Click here for more information on Mercyhurst's Banking Services Agreement.
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.
College Navigator Site
Consumer information about each institution is posted on one site for student accessibility.
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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. Published costs reflect the 'typical' enrollment pattern of an average student. Additional costs may be incurred for certain programs, courses, labs, accommodations, travel experiences, etc.
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 anytime.
Disbursement of Financial Aid
Provided that the student's eligibility is confirmed, verification is completed, and the student's enrollment is verified on the census date, financial aid funds are disbursed electronically to the student's Mercyhurst student account after the census date. The census date is the morning after Drop/Add as published in the official academic calendar. Disbursement continues on a daily basis thereafter through the end of the term or semester (for days in which the university is open for business). 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.
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.
Equality in Athletics
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.
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
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.
More information about FERPA can be found here.
Financial Aid Forms
General financial aid and verification forms are listed on our financial aid page and updated annually.
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.
Study Abroad FAQs can be viewed here.
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. The fire 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 fire log anytime.
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.
Gainful Employment Information
In compliance with the “gainful employment” regulations under Title IV of the Higher Education Act, as amended, Mercyhurst is disclosing certain cost and career information to prospective students for specific academic programs. To view that information, click here.
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.
Student Body Diversity
As of December 31, 2018, Mercyhurst University had no incidents of reported hazing in the preceding five years.
If a student fully withdraws from the university after a semester or term has begun, a percentage of tuition charged for that term or semester 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.
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): /about-mu/assessment-and-planning/accreditation.
Applicants or students interested in reviewing specific accreditation or licensure documents and materials may contact Ms. Amy Danzer, Director of Assessment, at 814-824-2585.
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.
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 Nondiscrimination
Mercyhurst University values diversity and is committed to the goal of achieving equal opportunity for all. For that reason, Mercyhurst abides by federal, state and local law in admissions, employment and all services and programs provided. Mercyhurst does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, citizenship status, ancestry, national or ethnic origin, age, familial status, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, military or veteran status or any other legally protected characteristic or because of any individual’s legally protected activities. Mercyhurst complies with federal, state and local legislation and regulations regarding nondiscrimination. This policy applies to faculty, administration and staff, applicants for employment, students and applicants for educational programs and activities. Mercyhurst University prohibits sexual harassment, including sexual violence. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies and to serve as the overall campus coordinator for purposes of Equal Opportunity Programs including Title IX compliance: Alice Agnew, Director of Equal Opportunity Programs and Title IX Coordinator, 300 Old Main, 814-824-2362, firstname.lastname@example.org. Inquiries concerning the application of anti-discrimination laws may be referred to the Director of Equal Opportunity Programs, Alice Agnew, 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.
Any student or employee wishing to file a grievance related to an alleged violation of any federal, state, local, or Mercyhurst University policies related to discrimination of any kind, may contact the Director of Equal Opportunity Programs, Alice Agnew, 814-824-2362, email@example.com.
Out-of-State Refund Policies for Online Courses
Pennsylvania Department of Education
To view documentation about teacher preparation programs to the Pennsylvania Department of Education, click here.
Protection of Minors Policy
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 here.
Student Rights and Responsibilities
Students receiving financial aid have rights and responsibilities.
Student Right-to-Know Act Information
Information on student body diversity, retention rates, graduatation rates, and other information about the campus is made available through the Department of Education's College Navigator.
Prospective student athletes who receive offers of athletic aid will receive Right-to-Know information directly from the NCAA upon being added to our institutional request list (IRL).
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.
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.
Vaccination and Health Record Policy
Students are advised through the admissions process of the need to complete the Health Record and appropriate vaccinations. Prior to move-in day, all new incoming students will provide the Health Center with a completed Health Record. This includes all freshmen, first year transfer students, and first year graduate students. This Health Record includes the results of a recent physical examination, immunization history, TB screening interview, and any TB testing or follow-up that is recommended as a result of that interview. The student’s physician/health care provider must complete and sign the Health Record.
All new incoming students living in University housing are required to have the meningococcal conjugate vaccine that protects against infections caused by serogroups A, C, Y, and W135. Proof of the meningitis vaccine (or a signed waiver) must be made available to the University prior to the student move-in date, and will be verified at or before the time of move-in. Per Pennsylvania law, students are not permitted to move into university owned housing without proof of the vaccine (or waiver). In addition to meningitis, Mercyhurst requires that all incoming students, whether residing in campus housing or not, have had the measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine series. Students not providing proof of MMR or a completed Health Record jeopardize their ability to register for classes for the upcoming semester.
The following vaccines/vaccine series are strongly recommended: serogroup B meningococcal, tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis (Tdap), polio, varicella (chicken pox), hepatitis B, hepatitis A, and human papillomavirus (HPV). Pneumococcal vaccines for students with certain medical risk factors are also recommended, and the student’s physician can identify whether the vaccine is warranted. All students are also strongly encouraged to receive annual flu vaccines. Incoming students living in campus housing whose meningococcal conjugate vaccine was given more than three years prior to the start of the academic year are strongly encouraged to receive an additional vaccine before starting the year in order to assure adequate levels of immunity.
In the event of an outbreak of vaccine-preventable diseases, the University will consider and may require temporary exclusion of non-immunized students from school in order to reduce the spread of the disease. Financial refunds or additional time to make up any missed coursework are not guaranteed in the event of mandatory absence under this policy.
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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. The full policy on voluntary medical leave for non-behavioral health issues can be found here. The full policy on voluntary medical leave for behavioral health issues can be found here.
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.
NOTE: Current students, prospective students, current employees, and prospective employees who need assistance accessing any required consumer information may contact Ms. Amy Danzer, Director of Assessment, at 814-824-2585.