Consumer Information

In accordance with federal regulations set forth by The Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, below is a summary of consumer information that must be disclosed to all students at Chattahoochee Valley Community College (CVCC).  Each topic listed gives a brief description of the information that must be disclosed and explains how it may be obtained.  If you need assistance obtaining information listed or you would like a paper copy, contact the Office of the Vice President and Dean of the College, or the respective location noted in each section.   The Vice President and Dean of the College may be contacted at 334-291-4928 or david.hodge@cv.edu
Posted: June 30, 2011 (Updated: December 6, 2013)

Information About The College

Family Educational Rights And Privacy Act (FERPA)
In carrying out their assigned responsibilities, officials at the Chattahoochee Valley Community College collect and maintain information about students. Although these records are property of the College, both College policy and federal law accord students a number of rights concerning their records. The Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) establishes the rules and regulations regarding access to and disclosure of student records.

To fulfill FERPA requirements, the College has established policies regarding student records. These policies outline a student’s rights regarding his/her records, where records about the student may be kept and maintained, what kinds of information are in those records, the conditions under which the student or anyone else may have access to information in those records, and what action a student can take if it is believed that the information in his/her record is inaccurate or that the student’s rights have been compromised. Policies and procedures for privacy of student educational records are published by the Office of Admissions and are included in the College Catalog and Student Handbook.

The College is also required to annually notify students of their rights under FERPA. Students are provided an annual notice via the College Catalog and Student Handbook. Interested parties may also obtain a paper copy of information regarding FERPA or the annual notification process by contacting the Office of the Admissions at 334-291-4996 or sanquita.alexander@cv.edu.

Student Activities
Chattahoochee Valley Community College offers activities, programs, and services that promote academic support, leadership, and social and cultural experiences. An outline of student activities is included on the College website. Inquiries regarding student activities may be directed to Student Development, 334-214-4803 or vickie.williams@cv.edu.

Facilities & Services For Disabled Students
Information on facilities and services for disabled students is outlined in the College Catalog and Student Handbook. Interested individuals may also contact the following Compliance Officer, Vickie Williams, 334-214-4803 or vickie.williams@cv.edu.

Student Body Diversity
Student demographic information is published each year in the Chattahoochee Valley Community College Fact Book. Information is also reported to the National Center for Educational Statistics through the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Click here for the entire report. For additional information about the diversity of the CVCC student body, contact the Vice President and Dean of the College, 334-291-4928.

Cost Of Attending The College
For actual tuition and fee charges, a tuition and fees schedule is included in the College Catalog and Student Handbook, Class Schedule and on the College website. For estimated tuition and fees, books and supplies, and other educational and miscellaneous expenses please use the Net Price Calculator. For additional information you may also visit the Financial Aid website.

Refund Policy
CVCC has a refund policy that stipulates the amount of tuition and fees to be refunded to students who withdraw from classes during a term. This policy is published by the Business Office. The refund policy is included in the College Catalog and Student Handbook and on the website. Questions regarding the calculations of refunds may be directed to the Business Office at 334-291-4937.

Withdrawal Procedures
To be entitled to a refund of tuition and fees, students on the CVCC Campus must officially withdraw in person by visiting your advisor and completing a withdrawal form. Additional details for withdrawal procedures are in the College Catalog and Student Handbook and on the website.

Repayment Policy (Return Of Title IV Aid)
The federal government mandates that students who withdraw from all classes may only keep the financial aid (federal “Title IV” grant) they have “earned” up to the time of withdrawal. Funds that were disbursed in excess of the earned amount must be returned by the College and/or the student to the federal government. The repayment policy is available on the website and in the College Catalog and Student Handbook. Click here for details regarding the return of Title IV funds. Questions regarding the calculations of refunds may be directed to the Business Office at 334-291-4937.

Descriptions Of Academic Programs
Information on the College’s academic programs and degree offerings is available in the College Catalog and Student Handbook and on the website. For information regarding plans for future programs, contact the Chief Academic Officer at 334-219-4946.

Policy Regarding Transfer Of Credit
The College is required to communicate its policy on transfer credit. Information regarding the College’s policies regarding transfer of credit is outlined in the College Catalog and Student Handbook. Students or prospects with questions regarding transfer of credit may contact Admissions at 334-291-4929 or sanquita.alexander@cv.edu.

Instructional Facilities And Labs
Information on the College’s instructional facilities and laboratories is available from the Director of Auxiliary Services, 334-291-4954. Click here for detailed campus maps and facility layouts.

Faculty
Information on the College’s faculty is available from various College departments.  Click here for the employee directory to contact a particular department.

Accreditation Information
Chattahoochee Valley Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, and Associate in Applied Science degree.  Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Chattahoochee Valley Community College.

The Associate Degree and Practical Nursing Programs at Chattahoochee Valley Community College are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), formerly known as the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc., 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA  30326, Phone 404-975-5000, Fax 404-975-5020, Website http://www.acenursing.org/.

The Practical Nursing and Associate Degree Nursing Programs are approved by the Alabama State Board of Nursing.

State Authorizations
Recent amendments to the Higher Education Act of 1965 include changes in regulation for State Authorization that may impact online, distance, and correspondence education providers. The relevant language includes:

If an institution is offering postsecondary education through distance or correspondence education to students in a State in which it is not physically located or in which it is otherwise subject to State jurisdiction as determined by the State, the institution must meet any State requirements for it to be legally offering postsecondary distance or correspondence education in that State. An institution must be able to document to the Secretary the State’s approval upon request.  (Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1001 and 1002)

Chattahoochee Valley Community College is currently authorized, licensed, and registered for approval in the following states: Georgia. The college will endeavor to seek authorization in any state as needed per enrollment of students in online courses offered by the institution.

Copyright Infringement Policies
Information about the College’s policy related to the use of copyrighted material, including peer-to-peer file sharing, may be found under the Responsible Computing and Acceptable Use Policy heading as outlined in the College Catalog and Student Handbook.  Students and others are also reminded that copyright infringement is a federal offense punishable by law.

Information About Student Financial Assistance

General Information
The primary purpose of student financial assistance programs at Chattahoochee Valley Community College is to assist students with meeting the cost of their education. All students are encouraged to apply. Chattahoochee Valley Community College is required to communicate the availability of financial aid programs to students and prospective students. Information regarding financial aid programs is included in the College Catalog and Student Handbook and on the College website. Individuals may also contact the Director of Financial Aid, Joan Waters, at joan.waters@cv.edu or 334-291-4951.

Student Loan Code of Conduct
For Institutional Financial Aid Professionals
An institutional financial aid professional is expected to always maintain exemplary standards of professional conduct in all aspects of carrying out his or her responsibilities, specifically including all dealings with any entities involved in any manner in student financial aid, regardless of whether such entities are involved in a government sponsored, subsidized, or regulated activity. In doing so, a financial aid professional should:

Refrain from taking any action for his or her personal benefit.

Refrain from taking any action he or she believes is contrary to law, regulation, or the best interests of the students and parents he or she serves.

Ensure that the information he or she provides is accurate, unbiased, and does not reflect any preference arising from actual or potential personal gain.

Be objective in making decisions and advising his or her institution regarding relationships with any entity involved in any aspect of student financial aid.

Refrain from soliciting or accepting anything of other than nominal value from any entity (other than an institution of higher education or a governmental entity such as the U.S. Department of Education) involved in the making, holding, consolidating or processing of any student loans, including anything of value (including reimbursement of expenses) for serving on an advisory body or as part of a training activity of or sponsored by any such entity.

Disclose to his or her institution, in such manner as his or her institution may prescribe, any involvement with or interest in any entity involved in any aspect of student financial aid.

Federal Direct Student Loans
Chattahoochee Valley Community College participates in the Federal Student Loan Program (Direct Loans).  Federal Direct Loans consists of subsidized, unsubsidized and PLUS loans.  Application process may be viewed in the Financial Aid Section. CVCC adheres to and follows federal regulations pertaining to the Federal Direct Student Loan program.

Private Student Loans
There are many private education loan programs available through a variety of private lending institutions and banks. Private loans are designed to be similar to government-sponsored educational loans, often allowing in-school deferment of payments. However, private lenders will perform credit and eligibility checks before granting the loans. Often, a cosigner is required. Interest rates are higher than the government-sponsored educational loans, but still may be a better option than other kinds of loans available to the student.

CVCC does not have a preferred lender but will offer a list of neutral private education lenders that have previously negotiated loans with students attending CVCC.  CVCC will not deny or otherwise impede the borrower’s choice of lender or delay loan certification for borrowers who choose a lender not included on the list.

Students will need to contact the lenders directly in order to obtain any additional information and to apply for a private education loan. Financial Aid will process a loan with any private/alternative lender. Although some private lenders are much better than others in processing loans when interacting with Financial Aid, the office cannot promote one lender over another.   Financial Aid suggests students begin with a lender of their choice and explore lenders on their own.

Rights and Responsibilities of Aid Recipients

Information regarding student rights and responsibilities are outlined below:

Students have the right to know the following information regarding financial aid at Chattahoochee Valley Community College:

  • Financial aid programs available.
  • Educational programs and services available.
  • Cost of attendance for programs.
  • Application process for all financial aid programs, including deadlines.
  • How financial aid recipients are selected.
  • Procedures for appealing decisions made by Financial Aid staff members.
  • How the College determines financial need.
  • How and when students will receive financial aid funds.
  • Chattahoochee Valley Community College refund policy.
  • Job description and rate of pay for any job assigned under the Federal Work-Study program.
  • How the College determines if students are making satisfactory academic progress and what happens if they are not.

Students have the following responsibilities:

  • Completing applications correctly and on time.
  • Reading and understanding all materials sent from the Office of Financial Aid and other agencies.
  • Keeping copies of all documents submitted to the Office of Financial Aid.
  • Knowing and complying with the rules governing financial aid received.
  • Providing all documentation and information requested by the Office of Financial Aid.
  • Registering for the number of hours required for financial aid disbursement.
  • Maintaining satisfactory academic progress.
  • Using financial aid only for expenses related to attending Chattahoochee Valley Community College.
  • Checking College student e-mail account for financial aid information.
  • Keeping e-mail and mailing addresses up to date with the College and other financial aid agencies.
  • Informing the Office of Financial Aid of all colleges attending or previously attended.
Scholarship Fraud
On November 5, 2000, Congress passed the College Scholarship Fraud Prevention Act to enhance protection against fraud in student financial assistance. According to the Federal Trade Commission, perpetrators of financial aid fraud often use luring lines to sell their scholarship services. Students should avoid any scholarship service or website which asserts any of the following statements:
“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 have been the victim of scholarship fraud and wish to file a complaint, or want more information, call 1-877-FTC-HELP or visit the website at www.ftc.gov/scholarshipscams.

Student Outcomes

Graduation, Transfer-Out And Retention Rates
The Chattahoochee Valley Community College maintains annual information regarding its graduation, transfer-out and retention rates for first-time full-time entering freshmen. While many students enter the College with varying educational goals, the College is required to disclose information for first-time full-time entering freshmen who are certificate or degree-seeking undergraduates and have completed their programs within 150% of the normal time for graduation. Graduation, transfer-out and retention rates are reported to the Department of Education through the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Data regarding the College’s graduation, transfer-out and retention rates are displayed here. Students may also request a copy of the report by contacting the Director of Institutional Effectiveness at 334-291-4913 or joree.jones@cv.edu.

Graduation and Retention Rates for Student Athletes
Information regarding student demographics for athletes must be provided to potential student-athletes, their parents, high school coaches, and guidance counselors when an athletically related student aid offer is made.  For information, contact the Athletic Department, 334-214-4880 or adam.thomas@cv.edu.

Athletic Demographics Fall 2013
Athletics GPA Reports
Fall 2011
Fall 2012

Athletic Program Participation and Financial Support
As part of The Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act, information on annual participation rates and financing of men’s and women’s sports in intercollegiate athletic programs is available upon request to students and the general public. Interested individuals should click here to review the report. For information, contact the Athletic Department, 334-214-4880 or adam.thomas@cv.edu.

Employment for Graduates
According to institutional data, 79% of graduates who completed their programs of study during the 2010 academic year are employed in-field or a related field; 55% are employed in-field. Questions regarding employment percentages may be directed to the Director of Institutional Effectiveness, 334-291-4913 or joree.jones@cv.edu.

Career Technical Employer Survey
Career Technical Student Data Survey
Nursing Program Employer Survey

 Health and Safety

Campus Safety and Security
Each year, Chattahoochee Valley Community College prepares a “Campus Security and Crime Report” and distributes it to the College community. The report, which is issued by October 30, contains detailed information on campus police and security personnel, drug and alcohol abuse policies, sexual harassment policies, crime prevention, crime prevention tips, information on reporting criminal activity, and timely warnings regarding campus emergencies. The report also includes statistics concerning crimes on campus. Click here to review the report.

Vaccination Policy
Chattahoochee Valley Community College does not have a policy regarding vaccinations. The Health Sciences programs may require a more stringent policy on vaccinations than the College.

Voter Registration Information

General Information
The 1998 Higher Education Act requires all post-secondary institutions to make a good-faith effort to distribute voter registration information to each degree or certificate-seeking student that attends classes on campus, and to make such forms widely available to students.  As a college student, you may choose to register to vote at your home address or at your college address. You cannot register to vote at both.

ALABAMA VOTERS

Qualifications

To register to vote in the State of Alabama, an individual must meet the following qualifications:

  • Be a United States citizen
  • Reside in Alabama
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have not been convicted of a disqualifying felony (or have rights restored)
  • Have not been legally declared “mentally incompetent” by a court

Deadline to Register

Voter registration is closed for the ten (10) days before an election.

Obtaining an Application

  • You may download the registration application from the following site, print it on your printer, fill it out, and mail it to your local registration office.

http://www.sos.state.al.us/downloads/election/vr/nvra-2.pdf

  • You may request a postcard registration application by email at:

http://www.sos.state.al.us/webforms/vr-req.aspx

  • Voter registration is also available from your local County Board of Registrars. Click here to get the address and phone number for the Board of Registrars office in your county.
  • You can pick up a copy of the form from the following local agencies

-       Driver’s licensing office

-       Public library

-       Department of Human Resources

-       Department of Public Health

-       Medicaid agencies

-       Department of Rehabilitation Services

GEORGIA VOTERS

Qualifications

To register to vote you must:

-       Be citizen of a United States

-       Be a legal resident of the county

-       Be at least 17 ½ years of age to register and 18 years of age to vote

-       Not be serving a sentence for conviction of a felony involving moral turpitude

-       Have not been found mentally incompetent by a judge

Deadline to Register

To determine the deadline to register for upcoming elections in Georgia, please refer to the following Elections Calendar.

http://sos.ga.gov/index.php/elections/2014_elections_and_voter_registration_calendar

Obtaining an Application

  • You may download the registration application from the following site, fill it out, print it, and mail it.

http://sos.georgia.gov/elections/voter_registration/GA%20VOTER%20REGISTRATION%20%20APP(Fill_2007).pdf

  • You may complete an online registration form at:

https://registertovote.sos.ga.gov/GAOLVR/#no-back-button

Gainful Employment

Occupations Program Prepares Students to Enter
29-2061.00 – Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses

Program Completion Time
The LPN program is a one year certificate program.

On-time Graduation Rate for Completers
2012-2013 - 21 new students entered in Fall 2012 and a total of 7 graduated for a completion rate of 33%
2011-2012 - 23 new students entered in Fall 2011 and a total of 4 graduated for a completion rate of 17%
2010-2011 – 16 new students entered in Fall 2010 and a total of 7 graduated for a completion rate of 43%

Tuition and Fees for Completing the Program


Placement Rate for Completers
2012-2013 – Results for this year’s placement rate will be available in February. Alumni surveys are sent six months after graduation.
2011-2012 - 80% of surveys returned indicated placement as Licensed Practical Nurse.
2010-2011 – 85% of surveys returned indicated placement as Licensed Practical Nurse.

Median Educational Loan Debt for Completers
$3535 for Federal Direct Loans. No private or institutional loans issued.