Policies

 

Awarding Policy

Curry College awards federal and state assistance based on financial need as demonstrated by the analysis of your (and spouse or parents, if applicable), financial resources indicated on the Free Application for Federal Student aid (FAFSA) and if appropriate, the federal tax returns of your family. These funds are known as need-based financial aid.

Need-based aid philosophy is based on the premise that you (and appropriate family members) are primarily responsible for the cost of an education to the extent of your ability and financial aid is used to supplement your efforts. The College uses Federal Methodology, (FM) which is the formula used by the federal government to determine your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Federal Methodology evaluates your income and assets, provides non-discretionary allowances against both resources and determines how much you can contribute. The EFC is then subtracted from your cost of attendance to calculate your financial need. Your financial need is used to determine the amount and type of aid - such as loans, or grants - that you are eligible to receive.

To receive need-based federal or state financial aid, you must meet certain requirements:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen.
  • Have a valid Social Security Number (unless you're from the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, or the Republic of Palau).
  • Be registered with Selective Service if you are male and 18 to 25 years of age (go to www.sss.gov for more information).
  • Have a high school diploma or a General Education Development (GED) Certificate or pass an exam approved by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a regular student working toward a degree or certificate in an eligible program at a school that participates in the federal student aid programs.
  • Be making 'Satisfactory Academic Progress' as outlined in the College's Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy (PDF).
  • Not have a drug conviction (PDF) for an offense that occurred while you were receiving federal student aid (such as grants, loans, or work-study).
  • You must not owe a refund on a federal grant or be in default on a federal student loan.

Generally, all degree-seeking continuing education students (enrolled at least half-time - six credits) and graduate students (enrolled at least half-time) are eligible to borrow from the Federal Stafford Loan Program as long as they meet the general student eligibility requirements for financial aid and the terms and eligibility requirements of the loan program.

Refund Policy

Full refunds will be made only if a course is canceled or if a student drops a course before the course begins.  Students who withdraw from a course after it has started will receive a partial refund, according to the following schedule posted in the Academic Calendar Key Dates (PDF).

Auditing a Course

Non-degree students may audit Continuing Education or Graduate courses on a space available basis. Auditors are subject to full tuition and fees for the course and must be formally registered.

Grade/Pass/Fail

Only courses outside of the student's major may be declared Pass/Fail. Only one course each semester may be graded in this manner. Please request the form from the Continuing and Graduate Studies Office.

Add/Drop

You must contact the Continuing and Graduate Studies Office to add or drop a course. Students may add a course through the first week of classes by contacting the Continuing and Graduate Studies Office. Students wishing to drop a course from their schedule must do so through the Continuing and Graduate Studies Office prior to the start of the term. A student is financially responsible for any courses not officially dropped before the first day of classes. (See refund policy below.)

Withdrawal

You must contact the Continuing and Graduate Studies Office to officially withdraw from a course. Students will receive a "W" for a grade. Non-attendance does not constitute a withdrawal. Please refer to the withdrawl deadlines below.

Return of Title IV Funds - Withdrawal from all Classes

Any student who withdraws from all classes or takes an approved leave of absence, but attended the institution for at least one day during the semester and received or was eligible to receive financial aid, is subject to a Return of Title IV Funds calculation. This calculation is mandated by the Federal Government. Any student who receives Title IV funds will be subject to this policy.

The calculation will be done within thirty days of a student's withdrawal from the College. Students will be notified in writing of any adjustments to financial aid. If the College is required to return any of the Title IV funds that a student received, it may result in an amount owed to the College. Failure of the student to return funds to the federal financial aid programs in a timely manner may result in the student being ineligible to receive future financial aid.

Other Policies

 
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Meet Kristopher Kamborian '08

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