The following information is intended for all Florida National University’s community.
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The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education. FERPA also gives parents certain rights with respect to their children’s education records. These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level. Students to whom the rights have transferred are “eligible students” under FERPA. For more information on FERPA, please click on the following link: http://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/index.html
An explanation of students’ rights under FERPA can be found in the University Catalog.
Consumer Information from the U.S. Department of Education:
Many of the specific eligibility requirements to gain and retain Federal Aid eligibility is found in the publications provided by the U.S. Department of Education and on their websites at:
- Funding Your Education (Errata)
- College Preparation Checklist
- Federal Student Aid for Adult Student
- Do you need Money for College
- FAFSA on the Web Worksheet
Additionally, the University makes many of these booklets, brochures, pamphlets, applications, and other consumer information available at the Campus Financial Aid Offices.
Financial Aid Information – General:
The University encourages all students who wish to be considered for Financial Assistance to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students eligible to participate in the Federal Student Assistance programs should be aware of the FNU and Federal Financial Aid policies, procedures, and other requirements for eligibility and participation.
The following information is provided to students to give them a general overview of the Student Financial Assistance available at Florida National University.
The University participates in the U.S. Department of Education’s Title IV Federal Student Assistance Programs, the State of Florida Scholarship and Grant Programs. Programs include:
- Pell Grants-Need Based Entitlement
- Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant-Need Based
- Federal Work-Study-Need Based
- Direct Loan – Need and Non-Need Based
- Plus Loan
- State Scholarships
- State Grants-Need Based
- Institutional Scholarships
- Perkins Loan
Students interested in any financial assistance at FNU should complete the FAFSA each year and provide the University with all requested supplemental documentation within four weeks upon request. Eligibility for Financial Assistance varies based on the type of aid provided. The Federal and State Financial assistance eligibility requirements are regulated by these respective entities with specifics found on their websites. The requirements and regulations for Federal Financial Aid can be found on the websites shown above.
Eligibility requirements to participate in the State of Florida Scholarships can be found at http://www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org . The University distributes Financial Assistance to students based on a combination of factors, which include, student’s financial need, availability of funds, timing of the application, compliance with satisfactory progress standards, and enrollment status and other factors on an individual basis. See the Campus Financial Aid Office for additional requirements.
Students have the right to appeal the University’s decision to withhold Federal Funds. The student may secure an appeal by writing a letter to the Director of Financial Aid. Additionally, the student must provide supporting documentation. All decisions will be sent to the student in writing. See the Campus Financial Aid Office for additional details.
Financial Aid will be disbursed to students at the beginning of each term. Thereafter, the University disburses on a weekly basis, except during periods of non-enrollment and recess periods. See the Campus Financial Aid Office for additional details.
Students interested in applying for Federal Loans are required to complete a Master Promissory Note. The student will be required to attend a Loan Entrance Interview session prior to the Loan being processed. At the Loan Entrance Counseling, the student will be advised of the financial obligation they are making and that the loan must be repaid, when, the interest rate, and other options they have regarding repayment, deferments, and consequences of defaulted loans. Students who discontinue enrollment graduate, or drop below one-half time enrollment status are required to attend a Loan Exit Conference. This conference is designed to assist the student in understanding the consequences of being out of a deferred status, and that repayment will ensue, unless the student return to a deferred status (enrolled at least one-half time in a eligible program). Both the Entrance and Exit Interview are documented in writing, and requires the student’s signature (when available).
Return of Title IV Funds
Student Financial Assistance Programs requires the College to Return Federal Funds for students who fail to earn the full amount disbursed, due to early and complete withdrawal, or when students fail to attend classes for which they register. When either of these situations occurs, the University is required to perform calculations to determine the amount of funds earned by the student, and the amount to be returned to the Department of Education, or to the Lender. Once the calculations are made, the University returns a portion of the unearned funds it received on behalf of the student, and also returns the student’s portion as well. The order of Title IV Funds returned, calculated by the University, is as follows:
- Unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loans or Direct Loan
- Subsidized Federal Stafford Loans or Direct Loan
- Perkins Loans
- Federal PLUS Loans
- Federal Pell Grants
- Federal SEOG
The University will notify the student when a Return is performed and depending on the amount being returned, the student may be billed for any outstanding obligations created by the student for failing to earn Title IV Funds, for which Federal Funds were disbursed. Additional information regarding the Return of Title IV Funds process should be addressed with the Campus Financial Aid Office. The specific amounts calculated for return, under this procedure, should be addressed with the Bursar’s Office.
General Information about Florida National University:
General Information about the Institution is available on the University’s Website and University’s Catalog. Additionally, information about the University will be made available to students, upon request, or will be facilitated by the Office of the Dean on each campus. Institutional information available to students includes, but is not limited to, the following:
- Accrediting bodies, agencies, and associations the University is affiliated – University Catalog
- Information regarding special facilities available to disabled students – University Catalog
- Cost of attendance, including tuition, fees, books, and other educational costs – Financial Aid Office.
- Degree programs, training, and other educational related programs – Registrar, Academic Advisement offices, and Admission’s Office.
- The availability of the GED program for admissions purposes – Office of Student Service.
- Availability of instructional, labs, and other academically related facilities- Dean’s office
- List of faculty and other instructional personnel – VP of Academic Affair
- Contact information for financial assistance and for general information- Financial Aid Office
- Student refund policy – University’s Catalog
- Tuition and Fees and Cost of Attendance (pdf)
- Requirements and procedures to officially withdraw from the University- Registrar office
For more details regarding the University, its mission, academic programs, and services, please visit the FNU website. Furthermore, the Office of the Student Services, on each campus, can also assist you in obtaining the requested information.
Voter Registration Information
Florida National University encourages all students who are at least 18 years of age and US citizens to participate in the electoral process. You must be a registered voter in order to cast a ballot in General Elections. Voter registration forms are available in all campus in the Student Services Office and from the Florida Division of Elections http://election.dos.state.fl.us/.
Constitution Day Policy
Constitution Day Background – Senator Robert C. Byrd, a West Virginia Democrat and the United States Congress unofficial constitutional scholar, believes that American primary, secondary and post-secondary students lack significant knowledge regarding the United States constitution. In December 2004, Senator Byrd offered an amendment that was passed by both the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate in attempt to increase constitutional knowledge.
The legislation requires that all educational institutions that receive federal funds implement educational programs relating to the United States Constitution on September 17th of each year. September 17th was selected as the date for celebration due to the fact that on September 17th, 1787, the delegates to the Constitutional Convention met for the last time to sign the United States Constitution and presented it to the American public. When the 17th falls on a weekend date, constitution Day will be held on the Friday prior to the 17th.
Florida National University observed this day in September as Congress intended.
In commemorate of Constitution Day, the Florida National University library sponsors various educational activities. A prominently displayed exhibit is created which includes copies of the US Constitution, as well as, books and other educational materials which serve to help students, faculty, staff, and our wider community, learn about and appreciate the US Constitution and its special place among the world’s great achievements. To commemorate Constitution Day the library also especially encourages the faculty and their students to participate in workshops which offer additional assistance in researching the US Constitution and its unique role in human history and culture and how to use books, databases, and other tools to accomplish this. Moreover, during these workshops participants are encouraged and assisted in borrowing books and other materials in furtherance of this learning process. In this process, students and other members of the FNU community are also helped with obtaining the questions and answers for examinations related to US citizenship. They are helped to better understand the US Constitution, as well as the rule of law it stimulates, in harmony with Florida National University’s mission statement as it supports our curriculum and provides a cultural service to our entire community.