Required Consumer Disclosures

Consumer Disclosures

Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008

The Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA), as amended by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA), includes many disclosure and reporting requirements that a postsecondary education institution is required to distribute or make available to prospective students and parents. The distribution of information about the institution’s operations is intended to increase the institution’s transparency to others. The institution also includes the following information in its annual report to IPEDS (Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System), all of which is available on the College Navigator page of the Institute of Education Sciences/National Center for Education Statistics (U.S. Department of Education) website.

  • General Information (e.g., special learning opportunities, student services, credit accepted, Carnegie classification, religious affiliation, federal aid, percent enrolled students formerly registered with the office of disability services)
  • Tuition, fees, and estimated student expenses
  • Financial aid
  • Enrollment
  • Admissions (e.g., admission considerations and test scores)
  • Retention, graduation, and transfer-out rates; graduation rates by race/ ethnicity
  • Programs and majors by completion rate
  • Varsity athletic teams by gender
  • Regional and specialized accreditations
  • Campus security
  • Federal loans, default rates, and aid programs
  • Individual campus offices can provide further assistance in understanding the published materials or consumer disclosures.

Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords matriculated students certain rights with respect to their educational records. This includes the right to:

  • Inspect and review the student’s education records
  • Request an amendment of the student’s education records
  • Provide written consent before the university discloses personally identifiable information from the student’s educational records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent
  • File a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the university to comply with the requirements of FERPA.

The complete policy can be found in the Academic Policies Manual.

Public Notification of Directory Information

At its discretion, Grace College and Theological Seminary may provide directory information in accordance with the provisions of the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act. Directory information is defined as that information which would not generally be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed. Students may block the public disclosure of directory information by notifying the Registrar’s Office in writing.

The complete policy can be found in the Academic Policies Manual.

Questions?

Contact the Registrar at 574.372.5100, ext. 6414.