The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA) requires that postsecondary institutions participating in federal student aid programs make certain disclosures to students. The following information is disclosed to you as a student or prospective student of Rochester College in compliance with federal law. For additional information or to request in writing, please contact the appropriate office or visit the indicated websites.  The Rochester College Financial Aid Department will provide a paper copy of Financial Aid Consumer Information upon request. (jbristow@rc.edu)

Academic Programs and Accreditations
Descriptions of academic programs, degree offerings, instructional facilities and labs and instructional personnel are available from the college course catalog in print form or online at http://www.rc.edu/academics/catalog-undergraduate/

Rochester College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association (30 North LaSalle, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL, 60602; phone, (312)-263-0456) to award associate, baccalaureate, and master’s degrees. The statement of affiliation can be accessed here: http://tiny.rc.edu/HLC. RC is also a signatory of the MACRAO Transfer Agreement, which facilitates the transferability of credits between this and other Michigan institutions.

Information regarding requirements for admission to an academic program, the transfer student application process and the criteria the College uses regarding transfer credits earned at another institution is available from the Office of Admissions, Rochester College, 800 W Avon Rd, Rochester Hills, MI 48307; phone (800) 521-6010; or at http://www.rc.edu/admissions/undergrad-admissions/admissions-information-2/admissions-procedure.

Admissions information for programs in the Graduate School is available in Graduate Admissions, Rochester College, 800 W Avon Rd, Rochester Hills, MI; phone (248) 218-2300; or at http://www.rc.edu/application-requirements.

Alcohol and Other Drug Policy
The Rochester College Policy on Alcohol and Other Drugs is published annually in the Student Handbook. The College’s student conduct regulations prohibit the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of alcohol and other drugs by students and student organizations. Sanctions are detailed for students who violate this policy. A copy may be found through the Student Handbook at http://issuu.com/rochestercollege/docs/studhand_sp13_final or by contacting the Student Development Office, phone (248) 218-2041.

Campus Security Policies and Crime Statistics
Information regarding campus safety data and emergency guidelines at RC can be found at http://rc.edu/resources/campus-safety. Print copies of the Annual Security report and fire log can be requested at the Student Development Office. Inquires should be directed to the Dean of Students, (248) 218-2041. Additional safety information can be found in the Student Handbook which can be accessed at http://issuu.com/rochestercollege/docs/studhand_sp13_final.

Copyright Infringement and Peer-to-Peer File Sharing Policies and Sanctions
The Office of Information Technology oversees the policies and sanctions related to copyright infringement and liabilities students may face for unauthorized distribution of copyrighted materials. The Vice Provost and Director of Information Technology are the designated agents to receive notifications of alleged copyright infringement at Rochester College. Under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), the College reserves the right to terminate computing services of users who repeatedly infringe upon the rights of copyright owners. Information about copyright infringement is available through the Office of Information Technology, Rochester College, 800 W Avon Rd, Rochester Hills, MI 48307; phone (248) 218-2080; The following policies are also available in the student portal:

  • Copyright Permissions Center
  • Digital Millennium Copyright Act Procedures
  • Libraries, Computing and Technology Guidelines and Policies
  • Notice of Written Plan for Copyright Provisions of the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008

Federal Student Financial Aid Penalties for Drug Law Violations
Federal law provides that a student who has been convicted of an offense under any federal or state law involving the possession or sale of a controlled substance during a period of enrollment for which the student was receiving financial aid shall not be eligible to receive any federal or institutional grant, loan, or work assistance.

Financial Aid
Descriptions of available federal, state, institutional, and private sources of student assistance, application procedures, eligibility criteria, recipient selection criteria and criteria to determine award amounts, methods of disbursement, terms and conditions of loans, employment opportunities, student rights and responsibilities, and satisfactory academic progress standards are available at Student Financial Services, 800 W Avon Rd, Rochester Hills, MI 48307; (phone) 248-218-2034; or at http://www.rc.edu/financial-services.

Specific information about financial aid disbursements to student accounts, payment deadlines, enrollment requirements for regular and study abroad students, Federal Perkins and Federal Direct Student Loan entrance and exit counseling, student account refund calculators, the university refund policy, and the requirements for the return of Title IV grant or loan assistance by students who withdraw from RC is located at Student Financial Services, Rochester College, 800 W Avon Rd, Rochester Hills, MI 48307; phone (248) 218-2034 or at http://www.rc.edu/financial-services

According to the Federal Trade Commission, perpetrators of financial aid fraud often use the following lines to sell their scholarship services; students should avoid any scholarship service or website that says the following:

  • “This scholarship is guaranteed or your money back.”
  • “You can’t get this information anywhere else.”
  • “I just need your credit card or bank account number to hold this scholarship.”
  • “We’ll do all the work.”
  • “This scholarship will cost some money.”
  • “You’ve been selected by a ‘national foundation’ to receive a scholarship” or “You’re a finalist” in a contest you never entered.

If you believe you’ve been the victim of scholarship fraud, wish to file a complaint, or want more information, call 1 (877) FTC-HELP or see www.ftc.gov/scholarshipscams. On November 5, 2000, Congress passed the College Scholarship Fraud Prevention Act to enhance protection against fraud in student financial assistance by establishing stricter sentencing guidelines for criminal financial aid fraud.

Information regarding sample loan repayment schedules and the necessity of repaying loans is located within the Entrance Counseling session at https://studentloans.gov/myDirectLoan/index.action.

Loan deferment — a postponement of payments on a loan, during which interest does not accrue if the loan is subsidized — is available for students, due to such factors as economic hardship and disability. For more information please contact Student Financial Services, Rochester College, 800 W Avon Rd, Rochester Hills, MI 48307; phone (248)-218-2034 or visit: https://studentloans.gov/myDirectLoan/index.action.

Governing Board
Rochester College is incorporated as a Michigan nonprofit corporation in accordance with the State of Michigan’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs and the provisions of Section 642 of Act 162, Public Acts of 1982, as amended. As such an entity, Rochester College is governed by a Board of Trustees in accordance with Articles VII and VIII of the Restated Articles of Incorporation filed with the Bureau of Commercial Services in 2009.

Graduation and Retention Rates (Student Right-to-Know Act)
Retention and Graduation Rates of certificate or degree-seeking first-time full-time undergraduate students can be found in the Common Data Set (CDS) documents, published annually on the Institutional Research page on the website: http://www.rc.edu/academics/provost/institutional-research/.
Additional Information concerning retention rates is available at the IPEDS Data Center (http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/).

Intercollegiate Athletic Program Participation Rates and Financial Support Data (Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act)
The annual Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act Report that contains participation rates, financial support, and other information on men’s and women’s intercollegiate athletic programs is available from the Athletic Department, Rochester College, 800 W Avon Rd, Rochester Hills MI, 48307; phone (248) 218-2181; web http://www.rochestercollegewarriors.com.

This information must be provided to student athletes, their parents, high school coaches, and guidance counselors when student-athlete financial aid offers are made. The NAIA provides this information directly to high schools. For information contact the Athletic Department, Rochester College, 800 W Avon Rd, Rochester Hills, MI 48307; phone (248)218-2181; web http://www.rochestercollegewarriors.com.

Missing Student Notification Procedures
A person may be declared “missing” when his or her whereabouts are unknown and unexplainable for a period of time that is regarded by knowledgeable persons as highly unusual or suspicious in consideration of the subject’s behavior patterns, plans, or routines. Missing Person procedures can be found on the campus safety web page: http://www.rc.edu/resources/campus-safety.

Placement of Graduates
Information on placement of and types of employment obtained by graduates of Rochester College’s degree programs can be obtained by contacting the Office of Institutional Research, 800 W Avon Rd, Rochester Hills, MI 48307; phone (248) 218-2120

Price of Attendance
A breakdown of the estimated cost of attendance used to determine student eligibility for federal student assistance as well as a program specific tuition and fees is available at the Student Financial Services web site, http://www.rc.edu/financial-services/cost/.

Privacy of Student Records (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act)
The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their educational records. They include the right to: 1) inspect and review these records; 2) request an amendment to the records; 3) consent to or restrict disclosures of personally identifiable information in the records; and 4) file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning the University’s alleged failure to comply with FERPA. Copies of the complete policies and procedures for reviewing educational records and requesting an amendment of the records may be obtained from the Registrar’s Office at 800 W Avon Rd, Rochester Hills, MI 48307. RC’s FERPA Policy Statement is available in the undergraduate catalog at the Academics web site, http://www.rc.edu/catalog.

Post secondary educational institutions that administer FSA programs are subject to the information security requirements established by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for financial institutions. Requirements apply to all customer information in our possession, regardless of whether it pertains to students, parents, or other individuals in which the College has a relationship. Rochester College ensures that all nonpublic personal customer information, obtained by various Rochester College departments whether through paper, electronic, or other form, is adequately safeguarded, protected, and is not shared with unauthorized individuals.

Program Integrity (Complaints)
The University encourages students and prospective students initially to address complaints relating to RC institutional policies and consumer protection issues with personnel in the office, department or college that caused the alleged grievance. Senior University administrators will be involved, as needed, to resolve the complaints.

Pursuant to the state authorization provision of the Program Integrity Regulations (34 C.F.R. 668.43) established by the Department of Education on October 29, 2010, the following contact information is provided for filing complaints that remain unresolved after engaging in the above-referenced process. Complaints concerning broad institutional academic practices, such as those that raise issues regarding the University’s ability to meet accreditation standards, may be forwarded to the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 30 North LaSalle Street, Chicago, Illinois 60602-2504 or www.ncahlc.org.

Refund Policy, Requirements for Withdrawal, and Return of Title IV, HEA Financial Aid
RC policy on withdrawal from courses is located at http://www.rc.edu/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/Withdraw-Policy.pdf. Students should contact their academic advisor with questions about the academic impact of their withdrawal and their financial services advisor about the impact on their financial aid. Recipients of financial aid or veterans’ education benefits must contact Student Financial Services, Rochester College, 800 W Avon Rd, Rochester Hills, MI 48307; phone (248)-218-2034.

Tuition and Fee Refund Policy: Traditional Students who formally withdraw from RC receive a pro rata refund during the first 5 weeks of the semester. No refund on tuition and fees are granted after 5 weeks into the semester. Center for Extended Learning (CEL) students are given refunds based on course length. The refund tables can be viewed at http://www.rc.edu/asset/989-center-for-extended-learning-pdf/.

Housing and Meal Plan Refund Policies: Refunds for Housing and Meal Plan charges are determined on a prorated basis by the Resident Director and transmitted to the Student Account System for posting. No refunds are given for previous unused meals. Special fees may not be refunded. Room deposits are refunded when check out procedures are completed and keys have been returned.

Financial Aid and the Refund Policy: Students who receive financial aid, complete registration, and subsequently reduce his/her enrollment status or withdraw are subject to the federal and state refunds and repayments regulations. Student Financial Services determines if students who completely withdraw during a semester have earned the money disbursed or owe a repayment. A summary of the Financial Aid and Refund Policy is located on the Financial Services web site and details the three refund policies listed here and their effect on student assistance. For additional information contact Student Financial Services, Rochester College, 800 W Avon Rd, Rochester Hills, MI 48307; phone (248) 218-2034; or at http://www.rc.edu/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/Refund-Policy.pdf.

Services for Students with Disabilities
Human Resources coordinates and provides various academic and support services to students with disabilities as defined by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Information is available from Human Resources, Rochester College, 800 W Avon Rd, Rochester Hills, MI 48307; phone (248) 218-2018; Also see: http://www.rc.edu/resources/accommodations/

Student Body Diversity
Information on student body diversity in the categories of gender and ethnicity of enrolled full-time Federal Pell Grant recipients can be found in the Common Data Set (CDS) documents, published annually on the Institutional Research page on the website: http://www.rc.edu/academics/provost/institutional-research/.
The number of undergraduate students who receive a Federal Pell Grant is available at http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator.

Textbook Information/Required Course Materials
Students can purchase textbooks from our online bookstore at http://bookstore.mbsdirect.net/rc.htm. Payment for all textbooks purchased through the online bookstore must be made at the time of purchase. Students may obtain the International Standard Book Number (ISBN) through the above website when you search under the course ID number.

Vaccination Policies
Rochester College does not currently mandate vaccinations to attend; however, we promote healthy living among our student population as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Visit the CDC Web Site for recommendations regarding healthy behaviors and vaccinations in college. http://www.cdc.gov/family/college/.