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Student Consumer Information
Notice of Availability of Institutional and Financial Aid Information
The Higher Education Opportunity Act Act (HEOA) requires schools to make certain information available to prospective students and families as well as current students and families. In the interest of providing a user-friendly experience, COA has incorporated many suggestions offered by a working group established by the National Center for Education Statistics' (NCES) and aggregated access to information in one convenient place. Links to most information are provided and designated officials or offices are referenced where appropriate.
Contact Information for Assistance in Obtaining Institutional or Financial Aid Information:
Bruce Hazam, Director of Financial Aid, 207.288.5015 or email@example.com
Dominika Delmastro, Assistant to the Director of Financial Aid, firstname.lastname@example.org
Privacy of Student Records
The privacy of student records are protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Details can be found on page 23 of the course catalog. Students may also contact the Registrar’s Office for information at 207.288.5015.
Facilities and Services for Students with Disabilities
College of the Atlantic accommodates students with disabilities provided they submit documentation of the disability. Additional details are available on page 22 of the course catalog.
Cost of Attendance
When looking at the price of schools, be sure to look at the comprehensive cost of attendance (CoA), not just tuition. The CoA will typically include tuition, basic fees, room, board, books and miscellaneous items such as travel and other estimated costs. Keep in mind, though, that if you qualify for financial aid, you may find that your costs are less. COA’s CoA can be found on our website under Tuition, Room, Board and Fees.
Net Price Calculator
To see how your costs might be reduced by a financial aid offer, check out our Net Price Calculator.
Refund Policy and Requirements for Withdrawal and Return of Federal Financial Aid
The school’s refund policy and requirements for withdrawal appear in the course catalog. Return of federal financial aid for a student that withdraws is governed by a federal formula, essentially prorating aid in accordance with the number of days attended. Questions on these three topics can be directed to the Business Office, Registrar’s Office or Office of Financial Aid, respectively.
Textbook pricing information is available in the course description area or from faculty. Current students can view textbook information through their online portal. Faculty may be able to suggest more than one potential source for purchasing books.
Transfer of Credit Policies and Articulation Agreements
The transfer credit policy is available on page 27 of the course catalog; pages 30-31 describe articulation and consortium agreements.
Career and Job Placement Services
Our Internships and Career Services Office in the Turrets building has many job-related resources. Office hours are Monday – Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
Teacher Preparation Program Report
Contact faculty member Bonnie Tai.
Student Financial Assistance
Assistance Available From Federal, State, Local and Institutional Programs:
Financial aid may include student loans, workstudy, federal grants, state grants and/or institutional aid. To learn more about how financial aid works and how to file click here. Comprehensive information can also be obtained by contacting the Office of Financial Aid at 207.288.5015.
Student Loan Information
Initial Loan Counseling for Student Borrowers*
Exit Counseling for Student Borrowers*
*COA conducts entrance and exit counseling for Stafford loans in person whenever possible. In cases when it is impractical or impossible, we provide customized forms for students to review. Perkins loans borrowers will soon have an online entrance counseling link made available to them while exit counseling will continue to be in person whenever possible.
Institutional Code of Conduct for Education Loans (see below)
Preferred Lender Lists (see below)
Preferred Lender Arrangements (see below)
COA has always maintained ethical principles in all financial matters (see our Code of Conduct on the lower portion of the page). We do not maintain a preferred private lender list or have arrangements with any preferred private lenders. In our experience we find that the choice of a private lender (for an alternative educational loan) is a highly personalized process and that there is no “one product fits all” solution. We are more than happy to provide general but detailed information so that you can have greater confidence in knowing what things to consider in selecting the lender that is right for you.
Detailed on page 37 of the course catalog.
Campus Security Policies, Crime Statistics and Crime Log
You can also find information on the College Navigator website (off-site).
Fire Safety Policies, Fire Statistics and Fire Log (on-campus housing facilities)
Please contact Sarah Luke, Dean of Student Life or Millard Dority, Director of Campus Planning, Buildings and Public Safety
Student Outcomes are referenced in the Common Data Set
Retention Rates are referenced in the Common Data Set
Graduation Rates are referenced in the Common Data Set
The above information is also presented visually through College Navigator (off-site).
Intercollegiate Athletic Program Participation Rates and Financial Support Data
COA does not sponsor intercollegiate athletic programs
COA provides comprehensive voter registration information and assistance through but not limited to new student orientation, tabling sessions, the All College Meeting and mass emails. The college also works closely with the Bar Harbor Town Clerk and Maine Secretary of State to facilitate a documenting system for students living on campus to minimize any problems in the registration process.
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