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Southern Adventist University provides the following information in accordance with the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA). HEOA requires institutions participating in federal financial aid programs to disclose specified information. This page is designed to provide students with a wide range of information that is available from a variety of sources on campus. Links are provided below with the specified information.
 

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Refund & Withdrawal Policies

From the 2010-11 catalog:


Southern Adventist University Refund Policies
Refund for Complete or Partial Withdrawal
Residence hall and University apartment refunds are prorated according to the number of days the student occupies the room subtracted from the number of days charged.
A student who withdraws completely or partially during the semester will receive a tuition and fees refund based on the date the completed withdrawal form with all required signatures is filed with the Records and Advisement Office. Financial aid received will also be adjusted based on the refund amount that a student receives.

Refunds are calculated as follows:

1st week 100%
2nd and 3rd weeks 80%
4th and 5th weeks 60%
6th, 7th, and 8th weeks 40%
9th week through end of term 0%
74 FINANCES

Refund for Shortened School Term Withdrawal (including Summer Sessions)

1st and 2nd days 100%
3rd and 4th days 60%
5th day through end of term 0%
Refund of Credit Balances
Credit balances are refundable, upon request from financial sponsor, 30 days after the monthly statement is received for the last month the student was in college in order to be certain that all charges have been processed. For example, if a student drops out of college in December, a full credit refund would not be made until after the January statement is prepared during the first week of February. When the credit balance is large, a portion may be refunded earlier upon request to the Enrollment Services Office.

If the student has a credit balance caused by a financial aid over-award, the necessary credit will be applied to the financial aid funds, according to the Financial Aid Refund Policy. If any credit remains, it will be refunded as described above.

Any refund will be credited back first to any credit card that was used to make payment within 90 days of the refund. If the refund involves a credit card payment exceeding $2,000, the refund will be credited back first to the credit card regardless of the date of payment.
 

Returned Check Policy
If a check is returned by a bank for insufficient funds, account closed, or any other reason, a $25 returned check fee will be assessed to the student’s account. This also forfeits the privilege of paying by check for any future payments.

 

Transfer of Credit

From the 2010-11 catalog:
 

Transfer Credits
Transfer credits may be applied toward the requirements for a degree when the student has satisfactorily completed a minimum of 12 semester hours in residence. Credit by examination taken at other colleges will be accepted according to Southern Adventist University standards (see “University Credit by Examination” in the Academic Policies section of the Catalog on page 49). A maximum of 72 semester hours may be accepted from a college where the highest degree offered is the associate degree. Background deficiencies revealed by transcripts and entrance examinations will be given individual attention. The criteria for evaluating transfer work from an accredited school is based on guidelines given in Transfer Credit Practices AACRAO 2010 guide. The ACE recommendation guide is used for evaluating transcripts for the veterans of the armed forces. Credit may be considered for courses taken at institutions which are not regionally accredited only after the student has completed at least 16 semester hours at Southern Adventist University with a 2.00 or better average. Transfer courses that are comparable to Southern Adventist University courses may be recorded with an earned grade of “C-“. All college transfer work from Tennessee will be recorded to meet the requirements of the HOPE scholarship.
Transfer credit from international foreign schools must be evaluated by a credentialed foreign evaluator. As a general rule, accredited institution credit is issued with pass/fail grades.
A student who has been dismissed from another institution because of poor scholarship or citizenship, or who is on probation from that institution, is not generally eligible for admission until s/he can qualify for readmission to the institution from which s/he has been dismissed.
Transfer students must submit both their official college and high school transcripts to the Enrollment Services Office before being allowed to continue registering for classes.

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