Consumer Information

This page has been created to fulfill Becker College's compliance with the disclosure requirements under Title IV. Title IV requires institutions participating in financial aid programs to disclose specified information to all prospective students. Below is a list of the disclosure requirements and links to pages that contain the actual information or where to obtain the information.

Financial Aid Information

» Tuition and Fees

» Financing Aid Options Available To Students

» Applying for Financial Aid

» Net Price Calculator

» Terms and Conditions Under Which Students Receive Direct Loans

» Loan Repayment and Exit Counseling

» Need-based Non-need based State and Local Aid Programs, School Aid Programs, and Other Private Aid Programs

» Books and Supplies for Federal Pell Grant Recipients

» Becker College Employment Terms and Conditions

» Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

» Withdrawing From School and Repaying Your Loan

» Loans for Study Abroad Programs

» Obtaining Deferments

» Federal Student Financial Aid Penalties for Drug Law Violations

» Regaining Federal Student Aid Eligibility after a Drug Conviction

» Contact Information

General information about Becker College

» College Navigater

» FERPA

» Accreditation

» Academic Programs

» Information for College Bookstores

» Instructional Facilities and Labs

» Faculty

» Transferring Credits From Another Institution

» Institutional Reseach – Enrollment, Retention, and Student Body

» High School Transcript/GED Requirement

» Facilities and Services Abailable to Disabled Students

» Equity in Athletics

» State Consumer Complaint Contact Information

Safety and Security

» Crime Statistics and Security Policies

» Drug and Alcohol Policy

» Vaccination Policy

» Emergency Response and Evacuation Procedures

» Copyright Infringement

» Plagiarism

» File Sharing Policy

» Collections

Tuition and Fees

Current tuition and fee information can be found at http://www.becker.edu/about/offices/offices/student-accounts/tuition-fees/.

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Financial Aid Options Available to Students

Financial aid comes in the form of grants, scholarships, work-study and loans. Your financial aid package may consist of any and all of these resources depending on a variety of factors. For information on the types of financial aid available, visit http://www.becker.edu/admissions/financial-aid/types-of-aid/

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Applying for Financial Aid

The financial aid process for Becker College can be found at http://www.becker.edu/admissions/financial-aid/applying-for-aid/

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How and When Financial Aid will Be Disbursed

Method and Frequency of Disbursements Financial Aid is disbursed your student account in different ways depending on the type of aid and other factors. The earliest date that aid is disbursed is the Tuesday following the end of the add/drop period for the semester.

Thereafter, aid will be disbursed:

  • After the student has responded to all requests for additional information;
  • When the student is enrolled in the number of credits for which aid was awarded ;
  • When all required Master Promissory Notes (MPN) have been completed for Direct Loans;
  • When all funds and list of recipients for Massachussetts State Grant or Scholarship programs are received by Becker College;
  • When all funds for Private awards are received by Becker College

Financial aid awards will require adjustment if you are not enrolled for the number of credits for which your aid was awarded.

Grants, scholarships, and loans administered by the Office of Financial Aid are first applied directly to your Becker College student account to pay charges for tuition, fees, book card, residence hall, meal plan, insurance, and other Becker College charges.

Students whose financial aid exceeds the charges on their Becker College account will have a credit and will receive a refund. This refund will be mailed to your current address as listed in your Becker College record within 14 days after the credit appears on your Becker College account.

Private Scholarship Checks

If you are awarded a private scholarship check and it is sent directly to Becker College, it will be applied directly to your Becker College account after all terms and conditions of the scholarship are met. The donor will be contacted if there is a need for additional information. The funds will be applied one half for the Fall semester and one half for the Spring semester unless otherwise specified by the donor.

If the scholarship check is sent directly to you but is made out to Becker College you should take or send it to Becker College's Office of Student Accounts for processing.

If the scholarship check is sent directly to you and is made co-payable to you and Becker College, endorse the check and take or send it to Becker College's Office of Student Accounts. If the scholarship is made payable to you only, it is your responsibility to report this resource to Becker College's Office of Financial Aid.

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Terms and Conditions Under Which Students Receive Direct Loans

This information can be found at http://www.becker.edu/admissions/financial-aid/types-of-aid/loans/

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Loan Repayment and Exit Counseling

This information can be found at www.nslds.ed.gov.

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Need-based non-need based state and local aid progrms, school aid programs, and other private aid programs

This information can be found at http://www.becker.edu/admissions/financial-aid/types-of-aid/scholarship-and-grants/

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Books and Supplies for Federal Pell Grant Recipients

Enrolled Becker College students who are receiving federal student financial assistance, including a Federal Pell Grant, that exceeds their billed charges for tuition, fees, room and board are eligible to receive a book voucher for use at the Becker College Bookstores. Please click here to view book voucher pick up schedule.

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Terms and Conditions of Any Employment That is Part of The Financial Aid Package

Work-study programs are available to needy students. The federal or state government subsidizes the wages earned by the student. Students must file a FAFSA and must indicate an interest in work study by answering “1” for question 26. Students who indicate an interest in work study and who have eligibility will have work-study included on the financial aid award. If you do not have work study on your financial aid award, you may request it in the Office of Financial Aid.
A number of work-study positions are available for eligible students. Career Services Website shows all Becker College available work-study positions and the rate of pay. The current range for pay rates is $8.00 to $10.00 per hour. Students must have a login and password to view postings.

Students are not permitted to work more than 20 hours per week. Student schedules are arranged with their supervisor. Students are paid bi-weekly. Students must turn in legibly and fully completed time sheets by 5:00 PM on the Friday ending the pay period. Students who submit late time sheets will not be paid until the following pay date.

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Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

This information can be found at http://www.becker.edu/admissions/financial-aid/tools-and-policies/satisfactory-academic-progress/

Federal and state governments mandate the establishment and enforcement of a satisfactory academic progress (SAP) policy. Failure to maintain SAP requires the student receive financial aid on a probationary basis or that financial aid eligibility be cancelled all together until SAP as defined by the Office of Financial Aid (OFA) is met. Students have the right to appeal their status if they have mitigating circumstances they believe prevented them from maintaining or achieving SAP. Students are notified when they are not meeting SAP and told what they must do for continued aid eligibility. Undergraduate students are considered to be making SAP and are financial aid eligible if they:

  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.00
  • Complete 67% of cumulative credit hours attempted
  • Do not meet or exceed 192 credits attempted
  • Are in good academic standing with Becker College

Students who consistently fail to meet this standard may jeopardize their eligibility for financial aid, including student loans and work study. The Office of Financial Aid (OFA) will notify you when your eligibility for financial aid is in jeopardy. The notification will include what you must do to regain eligibility or avoid losing eligibility.

The OFA SAP policy may differ from that of Becker College. While a student may be considered in “good standing” with Becker College, they may not necessarily be making Financial Aid SAP.

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Withdrawal/Refund Policy and Repaying Your Loan

If you cannot complete a course or if you cannot attend any courses for which you registered, you must withdrawal (“drop”) officially from the class or from the College.

The date on which the Registrar’s Office receives and signs the withdrawal request will be the official date of withdrawal and will determine the amount of any adjustment of tuition, fees and financial aid after classes have begun.

All refunds will first be applied to any indebtedness which you may have with the College.

If you need to withdraw from one or more classes, you must obtain a withdrawal form from the Registrar’s Office.

If you need to withdraw from all classes for the semester, you must contact the Office of Academic Advising to complete a “Withdrawal from College” form.

If you withdraw from the College and are the recipient of Title IV funds, they will be subject to the prorated calculations for determining the refund.

The College will use the following table to determine your refundable tuition and fees.

Withdrawal from Fall and Winter

10 – 15 Week Classes

First Week: 85%

Second Week: 75%

Third Week: 50%

Fourth Week: 25%

After Fourth Week: 0%

5 – 9 Week Classes

First Week: 100%

Second Week: 50%

Third Week – 0%

Refunds Refunds are calculated on the basis of the number of class sessions scheduled to be completed at the time of the withdrawal, not the number of class sessions attended by the student.

If you do not officially drop your classes within the specified add/drop period or withdraw before the designated deadlines (see Academic Calendar), you are responsible for full tuition and fees for these courses.

Students may be eligible to receive a refund check from Becker College when payments posted to their student account exceed tuition and fees charged. Student can log onto Insite and check the Account Summary link to confirm their refund eligibility.

For Example: If posting of Title IV Financial Aid (Pell, SEOG, & Stafford Loans) results in a credit balance on your Student Account. A refund check will be mailed to your permanent address within 14 days of the aid posting to your student account.

If your credit balance is a result of a Parent PLUS loan posting to your account, a check will be mailed to the borrower of the loan within 14 days.

Refund checks are mailed to the permanent address that you have provided to Becker College. If your address is incorrect, you must show proper documentation through the Registrar’s Office.

All refunds are reviewed for eligibility prior to processing. If you become ineligible for Financial Aid, all balances due to the reduction or loss of Financial Aid funds are the responsibility of the student.

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Grants and Loans for Study Abroad Programs

This information can be found at http://www.becker.edu/admissions/financial-aid/types-of-aid/study-abroad/

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Obtaining Deferments

Students eligible for financial aid grants and loans from state and federal sources can defer tuition payments based upon acceptance and receipt of these awards. If, for any reason, these awards are not forthcoming within a reasonable length of time, the full balance of tuition and fees is due and payable upon the demand of the College. Should it be necessary to place a delinquent account with a collection agency, all fees — including reasonable attorney fees — become the responsibility of the student.

Tuition and fees are payable in full by the last day of the add/drop period (see tuition due dates below). For students pre-registering for classes, statements will be mailed to their permanent address approximately 4-6 weeks before classes begin. It is the responsibility of the student to maintain their permanent address with the Registrar’s Office. All e-mail communication will go to the student’s Becker e-mail address only.

Students MUST pay for the entire cost of the semester by the end of the first week of classes (See Tuition Due Dates). Upon registering for each term, students must enter into a Tuition Management System (TMS) payment plan for any tuition or fee not covered by financial aid. If you intend to spread payments out over the semester, these payment options involve additional charges and fees.

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Federal Student Financial Aid Penalties for Drug Law Violations

Federal Student Financial Aid Penalties for Drug Law Violations  Federal guidelines focus strongly on illicit drug use and distribution. The Higher Education Act states that a federal or state drug conviction can disqualify a student for federal financial aid and make them no longer eligible to apply for their FAFSA. Federal financial aid includes:

•Federal Pell Grant

•Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant

•Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG)

•National Science and Mathematics Access to Retail Talent (SMART) Grant

•Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

•Federal Work Study

•Federal Direct Loan Program

•Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan

Without a valid FAFSA for federal financial aid, students are also ineligible for State aid and most institutional aid programs.

Possession of Illegal Drugs

•First Offense: Loss of eligibility for federal financial aid for one year from the date of conviction.

•Second Offense: Loss of eligibility for federal financial aid for two years from the date of conviction.

•Third and Subsequent Offenses: Indefinite eligibility for federal financial aid from the date of conviction.

Sale of Illegal Drugs

  • First Offense: Loss of eligibility for federal financial aid for two years from the date of conviction.
  • Second and Subsequent Offenses: Indefinite eligibility for federal financial aid from the date of conviction.

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Regaining Federal Student Aid Eligibility after a Drug Conviction

In accordance with an HEOA provision, a student whose eligibility has been suspended due to a drug conviction is allowed to resume eligibility if the student successfully passes two unannounced drug tests conducted by a qualified drug rehabilitation program. A qualified drug rehabilitation program must satisfy at least one of the following:

  • Be qualified to receive funds directly or indirectly from a federal, state, or local government program.
  • Be qualified to receive payment directly or indirectly from a federal, state, or local government program.
  • Be administered or recognized by a federal, state, or local government agency or court.
  • Be administered or recognized by a federally or state licensed hospital, health clinic, or medical doctor.

Check with your home state to determine if you qualify a state grant here -  http://www.collegescholarships.org/grants/state.htm

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Contact Information

This information can be found at http://www.becker.edu/admissions/financial-aid/contact/

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FERPA

This information can be found at http://www.becker.edu/about/offices/offices/registrar/ferpa/

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Acceditation

This information can be found at http://www.becker.edu/academics/accreditation/

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Academic Programs

This information can be found at http://www.becker.edu/academics/departments-programs/

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Information for College Bookstores

This information can be found at http://www.becker.edu/about/offices/offices/bookstore/

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Instructional Facilities and Labs

Becker College Facilities can be found:

Worcester:

http://www.becker.edu/student-life/residence-life/on-campus-housing/worcester-campus-housing/

Leicester:

http://www.becker.edu/student-life/residence-life/on-campus-housing/leicester-campus-housing/

Lab information is located at http://www.becker.edu/academics/academic-resources/computer-labs-and-use/

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Faculty

This information can be found at http://www.becker.edu/academics/our-faculty/

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Transferring Credits from Another Institution and Articulation Agreement

Becker College's Transfer Credit Policy can be found at http://www.becker.edu/academics/academic-resources/academic-policies/transfer-credit-from-other-institutions

Becker College's articulation agreements can be found at http://www.becker.edu/academics/articulation-agreements/

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Institutional Research: Enrollment, Retention, and Student Body

This information can be found at http://www.becker.edu/about/offices/offices/institutional-research/datasets/ as well as clicking on the College Navigator Link listed above.

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High School Transcript/GED Program

Becker College requires a final high school transcript or equivalent for every enrolled student receiving federal financial aid.

The Department recognizes several equivalents to a high school diploma:
• A GED;
• A certificate demonstrating that the student has passed a stateauthorized examination (for example, the California High School Proficiency Exam) that the state recognizes as the equivalent of a high school diploma;
• An academic transcript of a student who has successfully completed at least a two-year program that is acceptable for full credit toward a bachelor’s degree; or
• For a student who enrolls before completing high school, a transcript indicating the student has excelled in high school. The student must no longer be enrolled in high school, must satisfy your school’s written policy for admitting such students, and must be starting a program that leads at least to an associate’s degree or its equivalent.

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Facilities and Services Available to Disabled Students

This information can be found at http://www.becker.edu/academics/academic-resources/clc/resources-for-students-with-disabilities

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Equity in Athletics

This information can be found at http://www.becker.edu/athletics

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State Consumer Complaint Contact Information

In accordance with requirements issued by the U.S. Department of Education, Becker College is “providing its students or prospective students with contact information for filing complaints with its accreditor and with its state approval or licensing entity and any other relevant State official or agency that would appropriately handle a student’s complaint.”  This information is now part of the standard Consumer Information and annual disclosure procedure of Becker College

SHEOO State Complaint Process Links

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Crime Statistics and Security Policies

The safety and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff are paramount at Becker College. Our goal is to provide all members of the Becker College community with a secure environment in which to learn, live, and work.  Important Campus Police Links:

Security Report

Timely Warning Reports

Information for Crime Victims about Disciplinary Proceedings

Security Report Missing Person Notification Policy

Fire Safety Report

Fire Log

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Drug and Alcohol Policy

This information is distributed in writing to each student and each employee and is provided upon request to the public.

For employees, the policy is included in the Employee Handbook and you will review it annually through MOAT.

In an effort to prevent abuse, Becker College has a Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program.

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Vaccination Policy

This information can be found at http://www.becker.edu/student-life/health-wellness/student-health-services/immunizations

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Emergency Response and Evacuation Procedures

This information can be found at http://www.becker.edu/about/offices/offices/campus-police/alerts-and-notifications/emergency-notification/

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Copyright Infringement

This information can be found at http://www.becker.edu/academics/academic-resources/academic-policies/academic-honesty-integrity/

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Plagiarism

This information can be found at http://www.becker.edu/academics/academic-resources/academic-policies/academic-honesty-integrity/

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File Sharing Policy

This information can be found at http://www.becker.edu/about/offices/offices/it-services/student-policies/

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Collections

This information can be found at http://www.becker.edu/about/offices/offices/student-accounts/tuition-fees/

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