STUDENT CONSUMER INFORMATION
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 814-824-2362. Individuals can make accommodation requests by completing the Housing Accommodation Request Form, the General Accommodation Request Form, and/or the Assistance Animal Request Form. The university's ADA Policy outlines the process for requesting reasonable accommodations; alleged violations of protections found in our nondiscrimination policy can be filed using the ADA Grievance Form.
Annual Clery Report and Fire Disclosure Report
The university's annual 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
The university's Banking Services Agreement provides information on the university's collaboration with PNC Bank that allows for Mercyhurst students to have access to Virtual Wallet Student bank account.
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. The university's Student Loan Code of Conduct provides more information about this.
College Navigator Site
Consumer information about each institution is posted on one site for student accessibility.
The Erie Campus College Navigator site provides consumer information for our main campus in Erie.
The North East Campus College Navigator site provides consumer information for our campus in North East.
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. The university's Copyright Guide provides information on Mercyhurst's copyright policy.
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 university's cost of attendance is broken down by undergraduate cost of attendance, graduate cost of attendance, and North East cost of attendance.
COVID-19 Pandemic and The CARES Act
Mercyhurst University has consolidated all communications and policies regarding the COVID-19 pandemic to a standalone website, available on our COVID-19 webpage.
Mercyhurst University was allocated up to $3,142,548 in federal relief funds authorized under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). As a recipient of funding, the university is required to provide a series of disclosures regarding our use of the funds.
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. Our annual campus security report provides more information on the incidence of these issues on campus.
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. Our entrance and exit loan counseling page provides more information on the university's resources for students who borrow federal student loans.
Equity in Athletics
Our Equity in Athletics report provides 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.
Evacuation and Emergency Notifications
The Mercyhurst Evacuation and Emergency Notification policies and procedures can be found in the our annual campus security 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. The university's FERPA notices and discolusures provide more information on our specific FERPA policies.
Financial Aid Forms
General financial aid and verification forms are listed on our cost and financial aid webpage 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.
Our study abroad FAQs webpage provides more information on frequently asked questions associated with our study abroad program cost.
Mercyhurst University, in accordance with federal tax disclosure regulations regarding the availability of Federal Form 990 and 990-T by tax-exempt organizations, will provide our financial, governing documents and Conflict of Interest Policy available to the public upon request by contacting the Director of Finance at 814-824-2390.
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. Our annual campus security report provides more information on our fire log.
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 .Our annual campus security report provides more information on our fire safety report.
General Student Information
The information provided under this section will allow students to access general information about Mercyhurst University. This includes general school information, directions to the school, a campus map, as well as employee contact information.
Student Body Diversity
The Erie Campus College Navigator site provides diversity information for our main campus in Erie.
The North East Campus College Navigator site provides diversity information for our campus in North East.
Our Erie campus graduation rates table provides information on graduation rates for our main campus in Erie.
Our North East campus graduation rates table provides information on graduation rates for our campus in North East.
As of December 31, 2019, 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.
If payment is not made by the due date, or satisfactory payment arrangements are not made with the Office of Student Financial Services by the bill due date, a late payment fee of up to $300 will be applied to your account, your account will be placed on Business Office hold, and you may be deregistered from your courses. You will not be able to make changes to your registration, register for any additional courses, or receive grades/transcripts. Your balance must be paid in full by the specified semester due date.
|Past Due Balance||Late Fee Amount|
|$200 - $999||$25|
|$1,000 - $1,499||$50|
|$1,500 - $1,999||$75|
|$2,000 - $3,499||$150|
|$3,500 - $4,999||$200|
|$5,000 - $5,999||$250|
|$6,000 and up||$300|
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. Certain programs/units with specialized accreditation from professional accrediting agencies (non-state government agencies) can be viewed on our university accreditation webpage.
Applicants or students interested in reviewing specific accreditation or licensure documents and materials may contact Ms. Amy Danzer, Accreditation Coordinator, 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 campus security report and Fire Disclosure Report.
Net Price Calculator
The Net Price Calculator takes a user's 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, email@example.com. 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 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, firstname.lastname@example.org or complete and submit the university grievance form.
Out-of-State Refund Policies for Online Courses
Out-of-state online course refund policies are provided for students outside of the state of Pennsylvania that are enrolled in online classes.
Pennsylvania Department of Education
Documentation about teacher preparation programs can be found on the university's accreditation webpage.
Protection of Minors Policy
The university's Protection of Minors Policy establishes guidelines on interactions within the university community for those under 18 years of age.
The retention rate is the percentage of students who enter the university one year and continue to the next.
The Erie Campus College Navigator site provides retention rate information for our main campus in Erie.
The North East Campus College Navigator site provides retention rate information for our campus in North East.
Student Grievance Policy for 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 email@example.com 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. This complete list of state agencies can be found provides a resource for student complaint information broken down by state.
Student Rights and Responsibilities
Students receiving federal financial aid have rights and responsibilities associated with their borrowing.
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.
The Erie Campus College Navigator site provides student right-to-know information for our main campus in Erie.
The North East Campus College Navigator site provides student right-to-know information for our campus in North East.
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 Title IX policies and procedures that prohibit sex discrimination in all forms.
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.
The university's policy on vaccination and Health Record requirements provides more information on the required forms and records. The Cohen Student Health Center can be contacted at 814-824-2431 with questions.
UPDATE 5/31/2019: The university updated its vaccination policies for both students and employees in the wake of escalating cases of measles nationally.
The U.S. government voter’s registration page provides the necessary forms that must be completed to be registered to vote.
Withdrawing from the University
Students who find it necessary to withdraw from the university must complete a withdrawal form available in the Office of Academic Support and Learning Differences in Egan 123 and in conjunction with an academic support counselor. Students who withdraw for medical or behavioral health reasons must present appropriate documentation at the time of the withdrawal. These documents will be reviewed by Mercyhurst’s Executive Director of Wellness and leave recommendations will be approved by the Provost’s Office. Students taking a withdrawal or medical leave for a semester are encouraged to talk with Student Financial Services for information on any impacts this may have on financial aid and refunds. Students can also discuss any academic impacts or conditions for return with the Office of Academic Support and Learning Differences, and should discuss conditions for return from a medical leave for medical or behavioral health reasons with the Executive Director of Wellness. Our policy on voluntary medical leave for non-behavioral health issues, policy on voluntary medical leave for behavioral health issues, and policy on involuntary medical leave provide more detailed information for each of these cases.
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, Accreditation Coordinator, at 814-824-2585.