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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.
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.
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.
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.)
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 withdrawal 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.
- See 'Academic Policies & Procedures' section of the Course Catalog (PDF).
- Code of Conduct (PDF)
- Red Flags Identity Theft and Prevention Program (PDF)
- Method and Criteria for Selecting Alternative Loan List (PDF)
- Title IV Aid Recipients with a Federal, State or Local Drug Conviction (PDF)
- Policy for Validating High School Diplomas - Graduate (PDF)
- Policy for Validating High School Diplomas - Continuing Education (PDF)
- Course Repeat Policy (PDF)
- Student Rights and Responsibilities (PDF)
The MBA Capstone is an applied research project where students, working as a team of consultants, partner with a business to solve specific challenges facing the organization. Past business partners include Cisco Brewers, as shown in this video, and Reebok International Ltd.
The Curry College MBA helps refine business skills through exposure to actual problem-solving strategies. Each MBA course builds toward the final Capstone experience where you and your cohort will define and analyze complex business problems to provide integrated solutions for the Capstone business client.
The Summer 2015 cohort of MBA students was tasked with helping Brockton Rox Stadium operators identify areas of growth outside of the summer baseball season. Read more...
Professor Steve Gunning speaks about what makes the Curry MBA "distinctly unique." Read more...
Curry MBA students team up for Reebok business consulting. Read more...
"I was ready to learn more about business and be more prepared in the world I was working in," explains Lynne Santangelo '14. "I really wanted to have a say, and I wanted people to respect me and my analytical skills. Curry has given me a foundation that has really helped me be a confident person and leader."
"When I thought about getting my MBA, it was really about how I could expand what I know and how I interact with my business," recalls Dawn Erickson '14. "How can I tell our employees that they should always be learning and developing if I'm not doing that myself?"
"Having completed the program I feel more confident in my abilities. I'm more knowledgeable and the capacity of what I can take on has been greatly expanded. With this program under my belt, I can do more. I have a better understanding of how the business world works." Read more...
Ebony Joseph '11 talks about how the Curry MBA Program helped her develop leadership skills, network with other professionals and build friendships.
Dr. Shavindrie ("Shavi") Cooray examines the relationships between humans and technology with her students by embracing technology and by looking at the bigger picture - something she has done extensively in her Ph.D. research and as a former analyst in the corporate world.