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Guide to Student Consumer Information

Embedded in this page you will find various types of information related to life at Georgia Highlands College (GHC). We hope this one-stop shop can answer questions and provide guidance for all who are interested in learning more about the college. Each area of information lists a website where you can find more details.


I. General Institutional Information

Institutional and Program Accreditation, Approval, or Licensure -- GHC is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (SACS) to award associate degrees.



Student Body Diversity -- the GHC Fact Book provides data on all areas of college life, including demographics on the student body.



Privacy of Student Records - Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) -- FERPA affords students certain rights with respect to their education records.



Office of Admissions/Admission Requirements -- discover the steps and requirements to become a GHC student



Admissions Deadlines -- what is the deadline to apply?



Student Activities -- when I become a student, what activities are there for me?

http://www.highlands.edu/site/student-life (Must click links on the left of the screen for the different OSL areas/student activities.)


Consumer Information on College Navigator Website



Facilities and Services Available to Students with Disabilities -- GHC provides services for students with disabilities through the Office of Student Support Services. Disability Support Counselors are available at each campus.



Price of Attendance -- tuition and fees are subject to change each academic year. Please see this link for the most recent schedule of tuition and fees.



University System of Georgia Board of Regents Policy on Tuition and Fees



Net Price Calculator -- use this tool to estimate your cost of attendance at GHC



Student Financial Aid Information for GHC Found on College Navigator



Refund Policy, Requirements for Withdrawal and for the Return of Federal Financial Aid Funds

General GHC Withdrawal Steps from the Registrar: http://www.highlands.edu/site/registrar-steps-to-withdraw

Refund FAQs: http://www.highlands.edu/site/business-office-refund-schedule

Financial Aid Refund Flow Chart: http://www.highlands.edu/inc/files/userfiles/22-9645906aa5d5f1e-bop.pdf

Information from the GHC Catalog:

Fee Refund Policy

Students who formally withdraw from Georgia Highlands College are entitled to a refund of in-state tuition, out-of-state tuition, technology fee, course participation fees, Data Card fee, student activity fee, parking fee, and the student services fee.

The refund amount for students withdrawing from the institution shall be based on pro rata percentage determined by dividing the number of calendar days completed by the student during the semester by the total calendar days in the semester. The unearned portion shall be refunded up to the point in time that the amount equals 60 percent.

Students who withdraw from the institution when the calculated percentage of completion is greater than 60 percent are not entitled to a refund of any portion of institutional charges.

Financial Aid

For those students who need assistance in meeting educational costs, student financial aid in the form of grants, loans and a limited amount of scholarships is available. Student work-study is available for those who meet federal criteria. Students who need financial assistance should contact the Georgia Highlands College Office of Student Financial Aid for applications and instructions.

Student financial aid recipients whose credited assistance exceeds allowable charges (tuition, fees, books and supplies) will receive a refund check; those checks will be issued by the business office and will be mailed to the student’s home address. CHECKS THAT ARE NOT DELIVERABLE OR CASHED BY PAYEES BY THE END OF THE SEMESTER WILL BE VOIDED, AND THE FUNDS WILL BE RETURNED TO THE PROGRAM ACCOUNT(S) FROM WHICH THEY WERE DRAWN.

Return of Title IV Student Aid (Federal Grants and Loans)

Students receiving financial aid will be required to return any unearned portion when a student withdrawal request form is completed. Amounts will be based on the calculation of the percentage of time enrolled as of the official withdrawal date times the total amount of financial aid awarded. The official withdrawal date is entered on the student withdrawal request form.


Textbook Information

General Bookstore link: http://www.bkstr.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/StoreCatalogDisplay?catalogId=10001&langId=-1&demoKey=d&storeId=173904

Textbook lookup:  http://www.bkstr.com/CategoryDisplay/10001-9604-173904-1?demoKey=d


Academic Program (Educational Programs, Instructional Facilities, and Faculty)

Degrees Offered: http://www.highlands.edu/site/admissions-degrees-offered

Facilities: http://www.highlands.edu/inc/files/userfiles/31-ddd94cc8f4dbfa7-GHCFACTBOOK2010-2011.pdf

Faculty: http://www.highlands.edu/site/index.php?ghc=directory&alpha=5

GHC Catalog: http://www.highlands.edu/site/college-catalog


Transfer of Credit Policies and Articulation Agreements -- find information here for the most efficient ways to transfer to a four-year institution.



Copyright Infringement Policies and Sanctions (Including Computer Use and File Sharing)

Copyright Policies (Library): http://www.highlands.edu/site/library-policies-copyright

Computer Policies (Information Technology): http://www.highlands.edu/site/is-policies


II. Availability of Institutional and Financial Aid Information

Notice of Availability of Institutional and Financial Aid Information -- discover the types of Financial Aid available at GHC



Contact Information for Assistance in Obtaining Institutional or Financial Aid Information



III. Student Financial Assistance

Student Financial Aid Information -- find out the basics on how Financial Aid works at GHC, including how to check your Financial Aid status.




Notice of Federal Student Financial Aid Penalties for Drug Law Violations

FAFSA Blurb: http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/fotw1213/help/fotwfaq53.htm

GHC General Eligibility: https://www.highlands.edu/site/financial-aid-faq

GHC’s link to drug worksheet: http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/q31wksht67.pdf


IV. Teacher Preparation Program

Teacher Preparation Program Report -- each year the college reports information regarding Teacher Preparation to the state, which submits the information to the US Department of Education. State by state information is available in the compiled report made available by the US Department of Education.



V. Health and Safety

Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program



Vaccinations Policies



Security Report (Including Emergency Response and Evacuation Procedures), Timely Warnings, and Crime Log

Emergency Response Guide: http://www.highlands.edu/site/campus-safety-emergency-response-guide

Timely Warnings: http://www.highlands.edu/site/ghc-notify-information

Crime Log: http://www.highlands.edu/site/campus-safety-crime-statistics


Fire Safety Report



VI. Student Outcomes

Retention, Graduation and Transfer Rates --  a searchable database provided by the University System of Georgia (USG) exists to help interested parties research enrollment, retention and graduation at any USG institution. The GHC Fact Book provides data related to these areas, plus transfer and more.

USG by the Numbers: https://app.usg.edu/portal/page/portal/USG123_10G

GHC Fact Book: http://www.highlands.edu/inc/files/userfiles/31-ddd94cc8f4dbfa7-GHCFACTBOOK2010-2011.pdf

Student Learning Outcomes -- GHC is proud of their long tradition of assessing student learning as well as the administrative functions of the college. The Office of Strategic Planning, Assessment and Accreditation's website on Assessment provides many details of how the GHC system works.



VII. Intercollegiate Athletic Program

GHC Athletics -- GHC is proud to announce the beginning of a college intercollegiate athletics program in Fall 2012.



VIII. Voter Registration

Voter Registration Forms



IX. Disclosure Requirements Relating to Education Loans

State Grant Assistance -- GHC supports several federal and state grant programs for students



Student Loan Information Published by Department of Education



National Student Loan Data System



Entrance Counseling for Student Borrowers



Exit Counseling for Student Borrowers

GHC page has instructions and a link to complete the process: http://www.highlands.edu/site/financial-aid-loans

Link from GHC’s page to complete the process: http://www.nslds.ed.gov/nslds_SA/


Private Education Loan Disclosures (Including Self-Certification Form)

Students do not self-certify here. GHC certifies the student with partnership with Sallie Mae


Code of Conduct for Education Loans



Preferred Lender Lists

GHC only accepts private loans from one company: Sallie Mae.



Preferred Lender Arrangements











Page last updated: May 3, 2012