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    Saint Leo University
   
 
  Sep 26, 2017
 
 
    
[ARCHIVED CATALOG] 2016-2017 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Admission Procedures for the Division of Continuing Education and Student Services



Applicants with fewer than 12 credit hours of earned undergraduate postsecondary education who wish to qualify for admission as a fully matriculated, degree-seeking student at an Education Center must submit an application package including a completed application form and one of the following:

First time in college (FTIC) applicant 19 years of age and older must submit one of the following:

  • An official secondary school transcript
  • An official GED score report

FTIC applicant under the age of 19 must submit one of the following:

  • A notarized copy of a secondary school diploma
  • An official secondary school transcript
  • An official GED score report

In addition, an applicant in this category must submit the following:

  • Standardized test scores/test optional policy
  • A letter of recommendation

FTIC applicant on military active duty or reservist must submit the following:

  • A DD-214 and/or an Joint Services Transcript

FTIC students who complete the application form but fail to submit all supporting documentation for a given term may be admitted as a non-degree-seeking student pending receipt of all required documentation. Non-degree-seeking students are not eligible for financial aid and are limited to 18 credit hours with Saint Leo University.

Students transferring to an Education Center who have at least 12 credit hours of earned undergraduate postsecondary education may also qualify for admission as a fully matriculated, degree-seeking student in the absence of any of the documents required above. Applicants must submit an application package including the following:

  • a completed application form
  • official transcripts from all postsecondary education institutions attended showing at least 12 credit hours of postsecondary academic earned credit with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or above from regionally accredited two- or four-year postsecondary institutions.

Coursework qualifying as academic credit must be courses normally acceptable for admission as a matriculated transfer student and may not be vocational or remedial in nature. No experiential learning, including time-in-grade, time-in-service credit, or other certificate or training programs, will meet the standard of qualification for unconditional admission, high school or GED requirements, or for transfer credit unless such work is recognized in the American Council of Education (ACE) Guidebook.

Transfer students who complete the application form but fail to submit all supporting documentation prior to the application deadline for a given term may be admitted as a non-degree-seeking student pending receipt of all required documentation. Non-degree-seeking students are not eligible for financial aid and are limited to 18 credit hours with Saint Leo University.

Conditional admission to the University also may be granted at the discretion of the Center Director. Conditional admission may be made if the prospective student does not qualify for admission by meeting the usual requirements but, in the opinion of the admission counselor or the Center Director, has qualifications that lead to the belief that academic success is a reasonable expectation. Conditionally admitted students will be considered for full admission status upon the completion of 18 credit hours of undergraduate, non-remedial courses at Saint Leo University within two academic years. If the student has maintained a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.0 (GPA) and has no grades below a D, that student will meet the conditions for full admissions and will be allowed continued enrollment in the University.

If an applicant meets none of the criteria for admission, he or she may enroll in courses as a non-degree-seeking student. Upon completion of 18 credit hours of non-remedial coursework with Saint Leo University, the applicant may reapply for admission to the University.

Education Centers enroll a limited number of students who wish to take selected courses for credit but who do not want to study for a degree. These students must complete an application and indicate that they are not degree seeking. Non-degree-seeking students are limited to 18 credit hours with Saint Leo University.

Veterans eligible for Veterans Administration (VA) educational training benefits must be in a degree-seeking status in order to qualify for VA benefits. Admission requirements may also be imposed by providers of financial aid or military tuition assistance.

The military, Veterans Administration, or state approving agency regulations may limit enrollment at specific Centers. Subject to local restrictions, individuals who may enroll in the University through the Continuing Education Centers at military bases include active and retired military members, military Reserve and National Guard members, veterans separated from military service, military family members, civilian employees of the military installation, and other civilians residing in the locale.

The University will not enroll or admit to the Education Centers located on military bases foreign nationals unless they are U.S. citizens, are active-duty military members, or have permanent resident status. Foreign nationals may apply for admission to all other Continuing Education Centers and must meet with an admission advisor for information regarding immigration and admission requirements (see the admission requirements for international students ).

If it has been more than five years since your last registration at Saint Leo University, you must be readmitted. You will NOT be required to pay an application fee.  For further information on the Department of Education’s policy on re-admission for service members, please see www2.ed.gov/policy/highered/guid/readmission.html.

Admission Procedure

Individuals interested in applying for degree-seeking status should inquire at the local Saint Leo University Education Center office or by applying online for the appropriate Center at www.saintleo.edu/education-centers/application-information.aspx. A qualified applicant will be considered to be matriculated (classified as degree seeking) when the following materials are submitted and approved by the Center Director or designee:

  1. Completed application form.
  2. Application fee (nonrefundable).
  3. Documentation of high school or GED completion. For transfer students, this may be documented by the transcript of the previously attended university.
  4. Official transcripts from all previously attended colleges/universities.
  5. Other transfer credits can be granted with the receipt of all appropriate documents, including:

Documentation to support the granting of university credit from such sources as:

  • CLEP, DANTES, GED college-level examinations, USAFI examinations, or advanced placement (AP) examinations.
  • Documentation for evaluation of nontraditional transfer credit (including military training on a Joint Services Transcript, a validated DD Form 295, or Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) Transcript).
  • Other relevant documentation as needed (veterans/retirees should include a DD Form 214 and DD 2586).
  • Licensure documentation to support the granting of University credit for some occupational courses. University credit is available to members of the military services upon presentation of proof of completion of service-related courses and/or training schools and to law enforcement officers who have completed coursework in the FBI National Academy, local law enforcement academies or other training, police institutes, and certified polygraph schools. Verification of coursework is obligatory in order to obtain credit. Nontraditional sources of credit have specific limits (see Nontraditional Transfer Credit ).
  • For all education majors: achievement of current State of Florida requirements.

Education Center students will receive a formal evaluation of transfer credit after the complete application package has been received by the Center. Appeals concerning transfer credit must be made through the Education Center.

Distance Learning

Saint Leo offers Internet-based courses through Distance Learning (DL). DL provides Education Center students at an Education Center with a convenient opportunity to supplement the courses they take in traditional on-ground classrooms with Internet-based courses. DL courses are offered through a student’s Education Center and must be taken in conjunction with on-ground courses. A Continuing Education student is permitted to take up to two DL courses in a given term. A Continuing Education student may take three DL courses in a given term only by exception, with the permission of the Center Director, and if the student’s GPA is 3.0 or higher.

Students interested in earning their degree completely online should contact the Center for Online Learning (COL) at 888/875-8265. (See Admission to the Center for Online Learning  for additional information on COL.)

Synchronous Learning

Saint Leo offers synchronous learning courses through Video Teaching Y Teleconferencing (VTT) and Internet Connected Classrooms (ICC). These are additional delivery options for completion of coursework, besides traditional and online options.  VTT courses connect you with instructors and students at University Campus and other Centers.  In a VTT classroom, you will actively participate in the classroom at one of our locations in “real-time” through video teleconferencing.  ICC courses provide students with unique limitations in attending a traditional or VTT class the opportunity to participate in a live, active learning environment from any location where they have high speed internet access and a web cam.  Whether students take ICC courses from their home or hotel, on board a Navy ship, or from an international location, so long as they have the internet connection and web cam these courses can meet some of the unique needs of the adult learner

Students interested in earning their degree completely online should contact the Center for Online Learning (COL) at 888/875-8265. (See Admission to the Center for Online Learning for additional information on COL.)

Financial Aid Office

 The Financial Aid Office administers federal, state, private and university financial assistance programs, including student employment.

It is the purpose of the Financial Aid Office to provide needy and/or academically qualified students with financial aid in the form of scholarships, grants, loans and work programs to the extent that resources are available. In order to make the best use of limited funds, awards often consist of a combination of resources. Professional staff members are ready to help all students plan for the most efficient use of their financial resources for education.

The Financial Aid Office’s primary means of communication to students is through email. It is the student’s responsibility to frequently check their Saint Leo University email for important messages from the Financial Aid Office.

It should be noted that the information in the catalog is not all inclusive. It is the student’s responsibility to review all of the relevant information. Please visit the Financial Aid web section at www.saintleo.edu/finaid for detailed information about the following:

Contacting the Financial Aid Office
Students with questions are encouraged to contact the Financial Aid Office. Financial Aid Support is available to take calls Monday thru Friday, 8:30 am - 5:30 pm eastern standard time.

Financial Aid Support
(800) 240-7658
finaid@saintleo.edu
www.saintleo.edu/finaid

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Students who require financial assistance in order to attend the university should apply for assistance each academic year. The U.S. Department of Education’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on the web (www.fafsa.ed.gov) is used to determine eligibility for assistance based on need. The FAFSA must be completed for each academic year.

Students should submit their regular or renewal FAFSA so that it is received by the federal processor by the March 1 priority date.

Saint Leo University’s federal school code is 001526. The FAFSA form will request this code so that your information can be sent to the university.

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
All students receiving Federal Title IV financial aid, state aid or Saint Leo institutional aid must adhere to the university’s published policy on satisfactory academic progress. The Higher Education Act as amended by Congress mandates that higher education institutions establish minimum standards of “satisfactory academic progress” for students receiving financial aid.

In order to maintain financial aid eligibility, recipients must meet all of the following SAP Policy requirements:

  • Earn a minimum cumulative GPA (please see the policy for specifics)
  • Successfully complete at least 67% of all attempted credit hours
  • Complete program of study within the maximum timeframe of 150%

SAP is evaluated at the end of each academic semester or after each set of two 8-week linked terms when grades are posted. The evaluation normally occurs two weeks after the end of the semester/term.

For full details regarding Saint Leo University’s SAP policy, details concerning the requirements listed above, and the complete appeal process, visit www.saintleo.edu/sap.

Registration, Drop/Add, and Withdrawal Policies

Each Education Center publishes a schedule specifying course offerings, locations, regulations, and time periods of registration. Students should register for selected courses at their Continuing Education Center, with the exception of locations offering multi-site registration. Consult the local Continuing Education Center for details. This information is also published on Saint Leo University’s website (uts.saintleo.edu/schedule/).

The University reserves the right to cancel a course for which there are insufficient enrollments. Students will be notified via e-mail or telephone, and any tuition and fees paid for a course that has been canceled will be refunded if the student does not register in a replacement course.

The drop/add period for changing course registrations is published within the Continuing Education Center’s course registration material for each term. Attendance is taken during the add/drop period in every course offered in every location at Saint Leo University. Attendance is taken for the purpose of establishing a student’s enrollment in a specific course so that Title IV funds may be disbursed to the student. No Title IV funds are given to a student who has not attended class during the add/drop period. Students who do not attend at least one meeting of the course during the add/drop period will have their registration for that course canceled and the record of their registration in that course deleted. A deleted record due to a student’s failure to attend the class during the add/drop period may have an adverse effect on the student’s financial aid.

Students who find it necessary to withdraw from any courses must contact their Education Center office to obtain academic withdrawal with a grade of W.

Any student who stops attending any course for which he or she is registered without following the appropriate withdrawal procedures will be counted as an unofficial withdrawal. As a result of unofficially withdrawing, he or she will receive a grade of FA—Failure Due to Absences. The Financial Aid Office will reduce the student’s aid eligibility and refund a portion of the student’s financial aid to the original funding source. The midpoint of the enrollment period will be used for the purpose of calculating the return of Title IV funds. The student will be responsible for repayment of all outstanding loans to any lender and will be responsible for payment of the tuition and fees associated with the course. A student who earns an FA grade earns no credit, and the FA is counted in the same manner as an F grade on the student’s grade report.

Saint Leo University does not recognize an unofficial withdrawal for purposes of determining an institutional refund or a change of grade to W—Withdrawn. If it is determined that the student did not begin the withdrawal process or otherwise notify the school of the intent to withdraw due to illness, accident, deployment, or other circumstances beyond the student’s control, the school will determine a withdrawal date from its consideration of the circumstances.

At education centers with 15 week semesters, a full-time course load is four courses (12 credit hours) per semester. At education centers with 8 week terms, a full-time course load is two courses (6 credit hours) per term.

Students who fall below full-time status, as defined by their degree program and course of study, will be considered part time and may cause their financial aid status to be reexamined. Failure to attend class or merely giving notice to a faculty member will not be regarded as an official notice of withdrawal. Failure to properly withdraw will result in a grade of F. Deadlines for withdrawal from courses are reflected on the published schedule. Course withdrawal does not cancel any student indebtedness to the University.

Saint Leo University reserves the right to cancel the registration of any student who fails to conform to the rules and regulations of the University.

Financial Information

Division of Continuing Education and Student Services Education Centers and Offices:

Tuition and Fees

All tuition and fee rates are subject to changes without notice

Tuition (per credit hour) $290*
Application Fee $40
International Student Application $40
International Credential Evaluation $235
Certificate Fee $60
Graduation Fee—A.A. $TBA
Graduation Fee—B.A., B.S. $TBA
Graduation Fee—B.A., B.S.(military locations including Chesapeake, Newport News, and Tampa Education Centers) $TBA
Replacement Diploma $30
Official Transcript Fee $7
Electronic Transcript Fee $10
Rush or Overnight Transcript Fee $32
I.D. Card Replacement $25
Parking Decal (as required by host institution) $30
Capstone Course Assessment Fee $50-$175**

*Tuition for Active Duty Military (per credit hour) - $250

**Varies by capstone course.

Other course fees may be charged based on Center facilities. Students should consult the course schedule published each term.

Enrolled students may, with the permission of their academic advisor, take courses offered at University Campus or the Center for Online Learning. When they do, the per-credit-hour charge associated with the course location will apply.

Method of Payment

All students must pay their tuition and fees in full at the time of registration. The following payment methods may be used:

  1. Checks or credit cards are accepted at the Continuing Education Center or the University Campus. Do not mail cash. Payments may also be made via eLion through the University’s website. Payment may also be made via Student Account Advising at (352) 588-6600 or Trane Stop at (352) 588-7496.
  2. Financial aid grants or loans administered by Saint Leo University.
  3. Financial assistance from an outside third-party source. To receive credit for this form of aid, students should present written documentation at the time of registration of the amount of the award and the manner in which it is to be paid.
  4. Students may also use the Saint Leo University deferred payment plan. Payment plan enrollment is available for the current term/semester only. Students can enroll in the payment plan via their eLion account under Financial Information. Enrollment is required each term/semester, and a $35 nonrefundable fee applies for each plan. All tuition and fees for the term/semester must be paid in full before registration for the next term/semester will be accepted. The deferred payment plan is subject to late fees, as noted below.

Late Fees

Unpaid balances are subject to a late fee of 1% monthly (12% annually). Late fees accrue 60 days after term start.

Past-Due Accounts

When a student leaves the University owing money, his or her receivable balance is placed in collection status. These accounts may be assigned to an external collection agency after 90 days past due. Students are responsible for all late fees, collection agency costs, and attorney’s fees imposed on delinquent accounts. Transcripts and diplomas will not be released until the account balance is zero.

Refunds of Tuition and Course Fees

Refunds for Saint Leo University students who withdraw before 25 percent of the term/semester has been completed shall be calculated on a pro rata basis as defined by federal regulations.

Refunds of tuition for withdrawal from courses are given according to the following schedule. Note that if you are enrolled at a Saint Leo University Continuing Education Center and/or online program in Georgia, South Carolina, Maryland, and Wisconsin please proceed to the applicable schedule.

Tuition:

100% tuition refund if course withdrawal occurs by the end of the add/drop period.

75% tuition refund if course withdrawal occurs after add/drop and before the end of week two.

No refund for any course with withdrawal after the end of week two.*

*Policy does not apply to students enrolled at a Saint Leo University Continuing Education Center and/or online programs in Georgia and South Carolina.

Laboratory and special course fees are 100-percent refundable if withdrawal occurs before the end of the drop/add period. After classes begin, laboratory and special course fees are nonrefundable.

Refunds due students who have credit balances in their tuition account will automatically be issued within 14 days. Appeals regarding refunds shall be submitted in writing to the Business Office, MC 2097, Saint Leo University, P.O. Box 6665, Saint Leo, FL 33574-6665.

Refunds of Tuition and Course Fees (Georgia)

Refund policy for students enrolled in courses at Saint Leo University Continuing Education Centers and/or online programs in Georgia.

Refunds of tuition for withdrawal from courses are given on the following schedule:

Tuition:

100% tuition refund if course withdrawal occurs by the end of the add/drop period.

75% tuition refund if course withdrawal occurs after add/drop and before less than 25% of the course term is completed.

50% tuition refund if course withdrawal occurs after more than 25% and less than 50% of the course term is completed.

No refund for any course with withdrawal after 50% of the term is completed.

Laboratory and special course fees are 100-percent refundable if withdrawal occurs before the end of the drop/add period. After classes begin, laboratory and special course fees are nonrefundable.

Refunds due students who have credit balances in their tuition account will automatically be issued within 14 days. Appeals regarding refunds shall be submitted in writing to the Business Office, MC 2097, Saint Leo University, P.O. Box 6665, Saint Leo, FL 33574-6665.

Refunds of Tuition and Course Fees (South Carolina)

Refund policy for students enrolled in courses at Saint Leo University Continuing Education Centers and/or online programs in South Carolina.

Refunds of tuition for withdrawal from courses are given on the following schedule:

Tuition:

100% tuition refund if course withdrawal occurs by the end of the add/drop period.

75% tuition refund if course withdrawal occurs after add/drop and before 25% of the course is completed.

60% tuition refund if course withdrawal occurs after 25% of the course is completed and before 38%of the course has been completed.

50% tuition refund if course withdrawal occurs after 38% of the course is completed but before 50% of the course has been completed.

30% tuition refund if course withdrawal occurs after 50% of the course is completed but before 60% of the course has been completed.

No refund for any course with withdrawal after 60% of the course has been completed.

Laboratory and special course fees are 100-percent refundable if withdrawal occurs before the end of the drop/add period. After classes begin, laboratory and special course fees are nonrefundable.

Refunds due students who have credit balances in their tuition account will automatically be issued within 14 days. Appeals regarding refunds shall be submitted in writing to the Business Office, MC 2097, Saint Leo University, P.O. Box 6665, Saint Leo, FL 33574-6665.

Refunds of Tuition and Course Fees (Maryland)

Refund policy for students enrolled in courses at Saint Leo University Continuing Education Centers and/or online programs in Maryland.

Refunds of tuition for withdrawal from courses are given on the following schedule:

100% tuition refund if course withdrawal occurs by the end of the add/drop period.

90% tuition refund if course withdrawal occurs after add/drop and before 10% of the course is completed.

80% tuition refund if course withdrawal occurs after 10% of the course is completed but before 20% of the course has been completed.

60% tuition refund if course withdrawal occurs after 20% of the course has been completed but before 30% of the course has been completed.

40% tuition refund if course withdrawal occurs after 30% of the course has been completed but before 40% of the course has been completed.

20% tuition refund if course withdrawal occurs after 40% of the course has been completed but before 60% of the course has been completed.

No refund for any course with withdrawal after 60% of the course has been completed.

Refunds of Tuition and Course Fees (Wisconsin)

Refund policy for students enrolled in courses at Saint Leo University Continuing Education Centers and/or online programs in Wisconsin.

Refunds of tuition for withdrawal from courses are given on the following schedule:

100% tuition refund if course withdrawal occurs by the end of the add/drop period.

80% tuition refund if course withdrawal occurs after add/drop and before 20% of the course is completed.

70% tuition refund if course withdrawal occurs after 20% of the course is completed but before 30% of the course has been completed.

60% tuition refund if course withdrawal occurs after 30% of the course has been completed but before 40% of the course has been completed.

50% tuition refund if course withdrawal occurs after 40% of the course has been completed but before 50% of the course has been completed.

40% tuition refund if course withdrawal occurs after 50% of the course has been completed but before 60% of the course has been completed.

No refund for any course with withdrawal after 60% of the course has been completed.

Financial Responsibility

The University will not release transcripts, diplomas, certificates of attendance, or certain other official documents if a student has financial indebtedness. The balance on the student account must be zero for the student to be permitted the privilege of participating in Commencement and Baccalaureate exercises.

If a student leaves the University with an unpaid balance, the University will have no other choice but to hold the student responsible for any legal and/or collection fees incurred by the University in collecting the unpaid balance.

By enrolling in and attending University courses, students acknowledge and agree that they are responsible for all charges incurred as a result of their matriculation and enrollment in the University. This includes late charges, collection agency costs, and attorney’s fees imposed on delinquent student accounts. In many instances, some of the charges may be settled by a student’s sponsor, employer, or other interested party; however, the student is ultimately responsible for his or her account.