Refund Policy, Student Consumer Rights and Responsibilities Information

Refund Policy:

Federal regulations require that each institution publish its refund policy and make the information available to students upon request. Examples of the application of this policy are available upon request. Because the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture does not charge full tuition at the beginning of the enrollment period, this is a billing policy rather than a refund policy. Tuition and fees will be billed to students receiving financial aid who withdraw according to the following schedule:

Withdrawal time percentage of tuition/fees billed (fall & spring)

1st Week 0%
2nd Week 25%
3rd Week 50%
4th Week 75%
5th Week 100%

Any refunds from payment of tuition, fees, and campus housing charges or any refunds created by a reduction in charges resulting from withdrawal from classes may be returned to financial aid funds if you received federal financial aid during that semester.
Students who receive financial aid and withdraw during an 8 Week Session will have tuition and fees billed on a prorated basis.
During the first week of a summer session, tuition and fees will be billed on a prorated basis to students receiving financial aid who withdraw. Students will be billed 100% of tuition and fees after the first week of the summer session.

Return of Title IV Funds

All students receiving federal Title IV financial assistance who withdraw will be subject to a calculation that determines 'earned' and 'unearned' Title IV funds.

Calculation of Title IV assistance earned

Up through the 60 percent point in time, the percentage of assistance earned is equal to the percentage of the payment period or period of enrollment for which it was awarded that was completed as of the day the student withdrew. If the student withdrawal occurs after the 60 percent point, then the percentage is 100 percent. That earned percentage is applied to the total amount of Title IV grant and loan assistance that was disbursed (and that could have been disbursed) to the student for the payment period or enrollment for which it was awarded as of the day the student withdrew.

Calculation of Title IV assistance not earned

The amount of Title IV grant and loan assistance not earned by the student is calculated by determining the complement of the percentage of assistance the student earned and applying it to the total amount of grant and loan assistance that was disbursed (and that could have been disbursed) to the student for the payment period or period of enrollment as of the day the student withdrew.
The amount the school must return to the federal aid programs is the lesser of the unearned amount of Title IV assistance or the institutional charges incurred, multiplied by the unearned percentage. Title IV funds will be returned to the various federal aid programs in the following order:

1. Federal Unsubsidized Stafford Loan
2. Federal Subsidized Stafford Loan
3. Federal Perkins Loan
4. Federal Direct PLUS Loan
5. Federal Pell Grant
6. Federal SEOG

Student Rights and Responsibilities

As a student consumer you have the right to:

  • know what financial assistance is available, including information on all federal, state, and institutional financial assistance programs;
  • know the deadlines for submitting applications for each of the financial assistance programs available;
  • know how your financial need is determined. This process includes how costs for tuition and fees, room and board, travel, books and supplies, and personal expenses are decided in developing cost of attendance budgets;
  • know what resources (such as parental contribution, other financial assistance, student assets, etc.) are considered in the calculation of your financial need;
  • know how much of your financial need, as determined by NCTA, has been met;
  • request from the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid (OSFA), an explanation of the various programs in your student aid package. If you believe you have not received the financial assistance for which you are eligible, you may request reconsideration of the award which was made;
  •  know what portion of the financial assistance received must be repaid, and what portion is grant aid. If the aid is a loan, you have the right to know what the interest rate is, the total amount that must be repaid, the payback procedures, the length of time you have to repay the loan, and when repayment is to begin; and
  • know how the OSFA determines whether you are making satisfactory academic progress, and what happens if you are not.

Student Responsibilities

It is your responsibility to:

  • review and consider all information about the financial aid programs at NCTA prior to enrolling;

  • complete all financial assistance applications and forms accurately, and submit them to the OSFA by the appropriate deadlines;
  • fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Renewal FAFSA completely because it determines your eligibility for a wide variety of financial assistance. You may experience delays in receiving a decision about financial aid if forms are filled out incompletely or incorrectly. Falsification of information on application forms for federal financial assistance is considered a criminal offense, and you may be subject to penalties under the U.S. Criminal Code;
  • respond quickly to all requests for additional documentation related to verification or corrections;
  • notify the OSFA if there is a change in any of the information reported on the FAFSA;
  • read and understand all forms that you are asked to submit or sign, and keep copies of these forms. You are legally responsible for all agreements which you sign;
  • notify your lender of any changes in your name, address, or school status if a loan is part of your financial aid;
  • report to your Federal Work-Study Program (FWSP) job according to the schedule you arranged with your supervisor, complete all work to the best of your ability, and notify your supervisor in advance if you are unable to report to work for any reason. Pay for student workers is based on the federal minimum wage scale. (Note: On average, students need to work between 10 and 15 hours per week during the academic year to earn their full awards);
  • know and comply with NCTA's refund procedures, should you withdraw from the University;
  • be formally admitted to NCTA in a degree-seeking program; and
  • secure summer employment that will enable you to help meet expenses during the coming academic year.

Parent Responsibility to Dependent Students

A basic assumption we make when awarding federal aid is that parents of dependent students have the primary responsibility to pay for their dependent children's education. It is the aim of the federal government to help financially needy families by supplementing the Expected Family Contribution (EFC).

Financial Aid Employee Responsibilities:

Code of Conduct for Educational Loans:

The NCTA Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid employees are required to adhere to the Statement of Ethical Principles found on the NASFAA website at the following link:
http://www.nasfaa.org/mkt/about/Statement_of_Ethical_Principles.aspx

In addition, all Financial Aid employees are required to sign the Board of Regents Code of Conduct for University of Nebraska Financial Aid Workers.

Accessibility, Accreditation, and Affirmative Action

Accessibility

The Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture is committed to accommodating students with disabilities on our campus. Admissions is the office charged with providing accommodation services. Please contact Kevin Martin by phone at 308-367-5217 if you need accommodation assistance in accessing any NCTA office or service.

Accreditation

The Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture (NCTA) is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC)

The Higher Learning Commission (HLC);
Member – North Central Association
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604-1413
312.263.0456
800.621.7440
ncahigherlearningcommission.org

Affirmative Action

It is the policy of the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture not to discriminate on the basis of sex, age, disability, race, color, religion, marital status, veteran's status, national or ethnic origin or sexual orientation in its educational programs, admissions policies, employment policies, financial aid, or other school-administered programs. This policy is enforced by federal law under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Inquiries regarding compliance with these statutes may be directed to the Dean's Office, (308) 367-4124 or 1-800-3CURTIS.