LAKELAND COURSE CATALOG 2011 2012

2011 - 2012 CATALOG
                                LAKELAND COURSE CATALOG

                                                       2011 - 2012


                                          Publishing Date: January 1, 2011

                                                Copyright © 2011 by
                                               Corinthian Colleges, Inc.
                                                    Santa Ana, CA




                                                                                                                       CC-EVU-765 (11-0101)




              995 East Memorial Boulevard, Suite 110, Lakeland, FL 33801 ∙ (863) 686‐1444 ∙ Fax (863) 682‐1077
                                                       www.everest.edu
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Welcome to Everest University



President’s Message

We would like to welcome you to Everest University, whose location provides a friendly, small-campus atmosphere
where our dedicated staff can take a personal interest in the progress of each student. This caring attitude,
combined with progressive curricula from diplomas to associate and bachelor’s degrees programs, affords our
students a meaningful higher education experience, as well as effective preparation for a wide variety of careers.
Obtaining a college education gives our graduates a competitive edge in their career field and will make the
difference when they are considered for professional advancement. Our programs are designed for employment in
the state of Florida as well as other progressive areas throughout the country.
Our goal is to provide our students with quality instruction, a sense of professional responsibility, a desire for lifelong
learning, and the essential skills and abilities to qualify them for their chosen career.
Building on the traditions of Tampa College (the oldest business college in Florida, founded in 1890), we have made
every effort to fulfill our obligations to those who have entrusted their educational and career goals to Everest
University. Therefore, we invite all interested parties to visit our campus and review our wide variety of programs.
Our experienced admissions officers will assist in the important process of identifying the program best suited for
the candidate’s special interests, talents, and goals.
Benjamin Franklin once said, “If a man empties his purse into his head, no man can take it away from him.” An
investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.




Silvina Lamoureux
Campus President




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Table of Contents

About Everest University                               5        Official and Unofficial Withdrawals                   19
Mission                                                5        Refund Policies                                       19
Institutional Goals                                    5        Effect of Leaves of Absence on Refunds                20
History                                                5        Textbook and Equipment Return/Refund Policy           20
Institutional Accreditation                            5        Federal Return of Title IV Funds Policy               20
Programmatic Accreditation                             5        Return of Unearned SFA Program Funds                  21
Licensure                                              5        Institutional Refund Calculation For First-Time       21
Approvals                                              5        Students
Memberships                                            5        Institutional Refund Policy For Continuing Students   21
Library                                                5        in Quarter-Based Programs
Physical Facilities                                    5        Students Called to Active Military Duty               21
                                                                Student Financing Options                             22
Admissions Information                                 7        Student Eligibility                                   22
Undergraduate Admissions Requirements                  7        Federal Financial Aid Programs                        22
Program Specific Admissions Requirements               7        Alternative Financing Options                         22
Academic Skills Assessment                             7        Grants and Scholarships                               22
Ability to Benefit Policy (Re-entry Students Only)     7        Dream Award Program and Scholarships                  23
International Students                                 7        Veterans’ Assistance Programs                         24
                                                                Military Scholarships                                 25
Academic Information                                 9
Everest Regulations                                  9          Administrative Policies                               26
Definition of Credit                                 9          Statement of Non-Discrimination                       26
Transfer of Credit—Into and Out of Everest           9          Code of Student Conduct                               26
Maximum Transfer Credits Accepted                    9          Conduct Affecting the Safety of the Campus            26
Coursework Completed at Foreign Institutions         9          Community
Transfer Credit for Learning Assessment              9          Other Prohibited Conduct                              26
Transfer Credit for Professional Certifications      9          Limitations on Students With Pending Disciplinary     26
Experiential Learning Portfolio                      9          Matters
Proficiency Examination                              9          Inquiry by the School President                       26
Transfer From Everest to Other Institutions          9          Conduct Which Does Not Warrant a Suspension           26
Transfer to Other Everest Locations                  9          or Dismissal
Transfer to Participating Institutions in Florida’s  9          Conduct Which Warrants a Suspension or                26
Statewide Course Numbering System (SCNs)                        Dismissal
Articulation Agreement                              10          Alcohol and Substance Abuse Statement                 27
Transfer Center Assistance                          10          Student Use of Information Technology Resources       27
Everest Consortium Agreement                        10          Policy
Online Programs and Course Requirements             10          Copyright Policy                                      27
Directed Study                                      10          Sexual Harassment Policy                              27
Grading System and Progress Reports                 10          Sanctions                                             27
GPA and CGPA Calculations                           12          Appeal Process                                        27
Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)12             Record of Disciplinary Matter                         27
Evaluation Periods For SAP                          12          Student Complaint Procedure                           27
CGPA Effect on SAP                                  12          Dress Code                                            27
Rate of Progress Toward Completion                  12          Notification of Rights Under FERPA                    28
Maximum Timeframe to Complete                       12          Transcripts                                           29
Satisfactory Academic Progress Tables               12          Campus Security and Crime Awareness Policies          29
Application of Grades and Credits to SAP            12          Drug Awareness                                        30
Academic Probation                                  14          Statistical Information                               30
Notification of Probation                           14          Campus Completion Rate Reports                        30
Suspension                                          14
Academic Appeals                                    14          Student Services                                      31
Dismissal                                           14          Orientation                                           31
Attendance Policy                                   14          Health Services                                       31
Quarter-Based Programs Only                         14          Housing                                               31
Modular Programs Only                               15          Student Advising                                      31
Leave of Absence Policy                             15          Everest Care Program                                  31
Withdrawal Procedures                               16          Placement Assistance                                  31
Repeating Courses                                   16
Make-Up Work                                        16          Programs Offered                                      32
Externship Training                                 16
Requirements For Graduation                         16          Diploma Programs                                      33
Veterans’ Education Benefits                        17          Massage Therapy                                       33
Appeals Policy                                      17          Medical Administrative Assistant                      35
                                                                Medical Assistant                                     37
Financial Information                                  19       Pharmacy Technician                                   39
Statement of Financial Obligation                      19
Tuition and Fees                                       19       Degree Programs                                       41
Buyer’s Right to Cancel—Cancellation                   19       Accounting (AS)                                       41
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Accounting (BS)                                        42
Applied Management (AS)                                44
Applied Management (BS)                                45
Business (AS)                                          47
Business (BS)                                          49
Criminal Justice (AS)                                  52
Criminal Justice (BS)                                  53
Medical Assistant (AS)                                 55
Medical Insurance Billing and Coding (AS)              57
Paralegal (AS)                                         58

Course Offering                                        59
Course Numbering System                                59
General Rule For Course Equivalencies                  59
The Course Prefix                                      60
Exceptions to the General Rule For Equivalency         60
Courses at Nonregionally Accredited Institutions       60

Course Descriptions                                    61

Corinthian Colleges, Inc.                              78
Schools in the United States                           78
Schools in Canada                                      79
Governance                                             79
Corinthian Colleges, Inc. Officers                     79

Appendix A: Administration and Faculty                 80
Appendix B: Tuition and Fees                           82
Appendix C: Calendars                                  84




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About Everest University

MISSION                                                         First Street, NE, Suite 980, Washington, D.C. 20002-
                                                                4223; (202) 336-6780.
The mission of Everest University is the education of
qualified undergraduate and graduate students
through the delivery of career-oriented associate,              PROGRAMMATIC ACCREDITATION
bachelor’s and master’s degree programs, as well as             The Medical Assistant diploma program is accredited
diploma programs in a personalized teaching and                 by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health
learning environment designed to support students’              Education Programs upon the recommendation of the
personal and professional career development.                   Medical Assistant Education Review Board (MAERB).
                                                                Further information can be obtained by contacting
INSTITUTIONAL GOALS                                             the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health
                                                                Education Programs, 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL
In support of its mission, Everest has adopted the
                                                                33756, (727) 210-2350, (727) 210-2354 (fax),
following goals:
                                                                www.caahep.org.
   Academics - To provide challenging and relevant
     accredited programs in a variety of career-                LICENSURE
     oriented disciplines, incorporating effective educa-
     tional methodologies, modern technology, and               Everest University, Lakeland (License # 2602), a
     traditional and alternative instructional delivery         branch of the Largo campus, is licensed by means
     systems, characterized by effective teaching and           of accreditation by the Commission for Independent
     a student-centered atmosphere.                             Education, Florida Department of Education, 325 West
                                                                Gaines Street, Suite 1414, Tallahassee, FL 32399-
   Educational Support Services - To provide a vari-          0400, toll free number (888)224-6684.
     ety of programs and services that support its
     educational goals and purpose, are consistent
     with student needs, encourage student success,             APPROVALS
     enhance diversity, and improve the quality of life            Undergraduate programs are approved by the
     for students.                                                   Florida State Approving Agency for Veterans
   Enrollment - To manage the controlled growth of a               Training.
     diverse student body through the use of effective             The Massage Therapy program is approved by
     and ethical recruitment and retention methods and               the Florida Board of Massage Therapy.
     initiatives, and to support the quality of educa-
     tional opportunities for all students, while meeting
                                                                   This campus is authorized under federal law to
                                                                     enroll nonimmigrant alien students.
     the school’s fiscal needs.
   Business and Finance - To manage and increase
     resources in accordance with sound business                MEMBERSHIPS
     practices, regulatory standards, and applicable               This campus is a member of the Florida Associa-
     laws.                                                           tion of Postsecondary Schools.
   Physical Resources - To ensure that the physical              This campus is a member of the Association of
     resources, including buildings and equipment, are               Private Sector Colleges and Universities.
     adequate to serve the needs of the institution,
     support its purpose, and contribute to an atmos-           NOTE: NOTE: Copies of accreditation, approval and
     phere for effective learning.                              membership documentation is available for inspection
   Continuous Improvement - To continuously im-               at each campus. Please contact the School President
     prove the quality of programs and services to              to review this material.
     meet the needs of its students, communities, and
     other key stakeholders.                                    LIBRARY
                                                                Everest libraries are designed to support the programs
HISTORY                                                         offered on each of its campuses and its Everest Uni-
The Lakeland campus was formerly known as Tampa                 versity Online Division. Students and faculty have ac-
College. Founded in 1890, Tampa College is the                  cess to a wide variety of resources both on and off
oldest business college in the state. It became Florida         campus. Every campus has its own unique collection
Metropolitan University in 1996 and ultimately Everest          of books, periodicals, audio-visual materials and digital
University in 2007.                                             resources to support its curriculum. All students and
                                                                faculty including those in its online division have ac-
                                                                cess to digital resources that include full-text general
INSTITUTIONAL ACCREDITATION                                     and specialized databases, internet links and other
Accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent           resources providing a wide variety of informational
Colleges and Schools to award diplomas, associate,              content. Campuses are staffed with librarians or
bachelor’s, and master’s degrees.                               trained professionals to assist in the research needs of
                                                                students and faculty, and libraries are conveniently
The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and            open to meet class schedules.
Schools (ACICS) is listed as a nationally recognized
accrediting agency by the United States Department of
Education and is recognized by the Council for Higher           PHYSICAL FACILITIES
Education Accreditation. The Accrediting Council for            The Lakeland campus is located at 995 E. Memorial
Independent Colleges and Schools is located at 750              Blvd., Suite 110, in Lakeland, Florida. This facility

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About Everest University

encompasses 30,428 square feet and includes a
library, a lobby, classrooms, medical and computer
laboratories, staff and faculty offices, storage areas,
and lounges for both students and employees.




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Admissions Information

UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS
                                                                 Bachelor of Science, Applied
   High school diploma or a recognized equivalent              Management Program
     such as the GED.
                                                                  Applicants must have successfully completed an
   Students must submit proof of high school gradua-              accredited certificate, diploma, AS, or AAS degree
     tion or a recognized equivalency certificate (GED)             in a field of applied science from an accredited
     to the institution by providing the institution with           post-secondary institution.
     the diploma, transcript confirming graduation,
     GED certificate or other equivalent documenta-              Bachelor of Science, Criminal Justice Program
     tion, a copy of which will be placed in the student
     file.
                                                                  Applicants must have completed 36.0 or more
                                                                    quarter (24.0 semester) transferable college
   If documents required for enrollment are not                   credits.
     available at the time of application, applicants may
     be accepted for a limited period to allow time for
                                                                  Students who do not have the requisite number of
                                                                    credits for direct admission into the bachelor’s
     receipt of all required documentation.
                                                                    program may be admitted into the Criminal Justice
   Applicants are informed of their acceptance status             Associate in Science program.
     shortly after all required information is received
     and their qualifications are reviewed.
                                                                 ACADEMIC SKILLS ASSESSMENT
   Applicants who determine that they would like to
     apply for admission will complete an enrollment             All students are required to go complete the institu-
     agreement.                                                  tion’s assessment test. Students may be exempt from
   Students may apply for entry at any time. Stu-              the assessment test if they provide official composite
     dents are responsible for meeting the require-              score of at least 15 on the ACT, a combined score on
     ments of the catalog in effect at the time of enroll-       reading and math of at least 700 on the SAT, or proof
     ment. Students automatically come under the cur-            of successful completion of a minimum of 36.0 quarter
     rent catalog at reentrance after not attending for a        hours or 24.0 semester hours of earned college credit
     full academic term.                                         at an accredited postsecondary institution.

PROGRAM SPECIFIC ADMISSIONS                                      ABILITY TO BENEFIT POLICY (RE-ENTRY
REQUIREMENTS                                                     STUDENTS ONLY)
Criminal Background Check                                        Students who previously enrolled under the Ability To
 Students enrolling or re-entering into programs               Benefit (ATB) provision and withdrew are eligible for
    leading to licensure, or requiring an externship,            re-entry. Students will not be required to retake and
    may be subjected to a criminal background check              pass the exam prior to re-entry if the original passing
    at the point of enrollment.                                  test result is in the student’s academic file. All ATB
                                                                 re-entry students shall receive academic and career
 Enrollment for students may not be granted when               advising during their first and third evaluation periods.
    the background check identifies a conviction,                Therefore, ATB students shall receive academic advis-
    pending case or unresolved deferral/diversion for            ing at least every other evaluation period unless the
    any felonies or misdemeanors.                                student has a CGPA of 2.5 in associate degree pro-
 A student’s inability to obtain criminal background           grams or 80% (or equivalent) in diploma programs.
    clearance may prohibit opportunities for program
    completion and job placement. It is the student's
                                                                 INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
    responsibility to contact the agency to verify condi-
    tions. The school cannot contact the background                 Everest University is authorized by the
    check agency.                                                     Department of Homeland Security to issue the
Massage Therapy Diploma Program                                       Form I-20 to international students.
 Applicants must reach 18 years of age on or prior                A Form I‑20 will be sent to the applicant
   to the expected date of graduation.                                upon acceptance, receipt of evidence of financial
 Applicants must pass a criminal background                         support, and payment of appropriate tuition
   check and complete a student disclosure form.                      deposits and/or fees.

Pharmacy Technician Diploma Program                              Undergraduate Admissions Requirements for
                                                                 International Students
 Applicants must reach 18 years of age on or prior
   to the expected date of graduation.
                                                                  Evidence of High School diploma or recognized
                                                                      equivalent.
 Students must meet with the Program Director in
   their first term.
                                                                  Proof of financial ability to meet expenses. Such
                                                                      evidence may be one of the following:
 Must complete a board-approved pharmacy tech-                      a) Bank letter verifying student’s available funds
   nician training program.                                               (self-sponsoring)
                                                                      b) Bank letter verifying sponsor’s available
Associate in Science, Applied                                             funds if sponsor is not a citizen or a legal
Management Program                                                        permanent resident of the U.S.
 Applicants must have successfully completed a                      c) Form I-134 if sponsor is a citizen or legal
   diploma or certificate from an accredited post-                        permanent resident of the U.S.
   secondary institution.                                             d) If the applicant is sponsored by his/her home

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Admissions Information

         country, a statement of sponsorship
   Evidence of English Proficiency if the student’s
     first language is not English. Such evidence may
     be one of the following:
     a) TOEFL score of 450 (paper-based) or 133
     (computer-based) or 45 (Internet-based);
     b) Completion of Level 107 from a designated
     English Language School Center (ELS);
     c) Score of 5.0 on the International English
     Language Testing System exam (IELTS);
     d) Score of 60 on Michigan English Language
     Assessment Battery (MELAB);
     e) A certificate of completion of Intensive
     English 4 at an Everest University;
     f) Graduation from high school in the United
     States or an official copy of a GED;
     g) Graduation from an American high school
     abroad where curriculum is delivered in English.
   International students must obtain an ACT score
     of at least 15, an SAT combined score on critical
     reading and math of at least 700 or a CPAt score
     of at least 120.
   International students must meet the same
     programmatic entrance requirements as domestic
     students.




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Academic Information

EVEREST REGULATIONS                                              Center.
Each student is given the school catalog, which sets
forth the policies and regulations under which the               TRANSFER CREDIT FOR LEARNING
institution operates. It is the responsibility of the            ASSESSMENT
student to become familiar with these policies and               Everest accepts appropriate credits transferred from
regulations and to comply accordingly. Ignorance of or           the College Level Examination Program (CLEP),
lack of familiarity with this information does not serve         DANTES subject testing, and certain other profes-
as an excuse for noncompliance or infractions.                   sional certification examination programs. Contact the
Everest reserves the right to modify its tuition and fees;       campus Academic Dean/Director of Education for the
to add to or withdraw members from its faculty and               current list of approved exams and minimum scores
staff; to revise its academic programs; and to withdraw          required for transfer.
subjects, courses, and programs if registration falls
below the required number. The total hours specified             TRANSFER CREDIT FOR PROFESSIONAL
in each area of the program total is the minimum                 CERTIFICATIONS
requirements for completion.
                                                                 Everest may award some credits toward undergradu-
                                                                 ate and diploma level courses for achievement of pro-
DEFINITION OF CREDIT                                             fessional certifications, e.g. CMA, CNE, MCSE, etc.
Everest awards credit in the form of quarter credits.
One quarter credit is equivalent to a minimum of 10.0            EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING PORTFOLIO
class hours of theory or lecture instruction a minimum
of 20.0 hours of supervised laboratory instruction, or a         Students may earn credit for life experience through
minimum of 30.0 hours of externship practice. For                the Prior Learning Assessment program. This program
online learning purposes, one quarter credit is equiva-          is designed to translate personal and professional ex-
lent to a minimum of 10 hours of online learning.                periences into academic credit. Procedures for apply-
                                                                 ing for credit through experiential learning are available
                                                                 in the Academic Dean's/Director of Education’s office.
TRANSFER OF CREDIT—INTO AND OUT OF
EVEREST
                                                                 PROFICIENCY EXAMINATION
Everest has constructed its transfer credit policy to
recognize both traditional college credit and non-               Undergraduate students may attempt to challenge
traditional learning. In general, Everest considers the          the requirement to certain selected courses by
following criteria when determining if transfer credit           demonstrating a proficiency level based on special
should be awarded:                                               qualifications, skills, or knowledge obtained through
                                                                 work or other experience that is sufficient to warrant
 Accreditation of the institution;
                                                                 the granting of academic credit for a course through a
 The comparability of the scope, depth and breadth             Proficiency Examination. All requests for Proficiency
     of the course to be transferred; and                        Examinations must be approved by the appropriate
 The applicability of the course to be transferred to          Program Director and the Academic Dean/Director of
     the student’s desired program. This includes the            Education.
     grade and age of the previously earned credit.
If the learning was obtained outside a formal academic           TRANSFER FROM EVEREST TO OTHER
setting, through a nationally administered proficiency           INSTITUTIONS
exam, an IT certificate exam or military training, Ever-
                                                                 Everest neither implies nor guarantees that credits
est will evaluate and award transfer credit using pro-
                                                                 completed at the school will be accepted by other
fessional judgment and the recommendations for credit
                                                                 institutions. Transfer of credit is a privilege granted by
issued by the American Council on Education (ACE).
                                                                 the institution to which a student may seek admission.
                                                                 The student must independently determine whether or
MAXIMUM TRANSFER CREDITS ACCEPTED                                not the program, course, or courses of study will be
                                                                 accepted by those other institutions into which future
   Students enrolled in a diploma, associate or
                                                                 enrollment is intended.
     bachelor’s degree program must complete at least
     25% of the program in residency at the institution
     awarding the degree or diploma. The remaining               TRANSFER TO OTHER EVEREST LOCATIONS
     75% of the program may be any combination of                Students in good standing may transfer to another
     transfer credit, national proficiency credit, Everest       Everest campus location. Transfer students are
     developed proficiency credit or prior learning              advised that they will be subject to the minimum
     credit.                                                     residency requirements at the new campus for the
                                                                 program in which they are enrolled. Students may
COURSEWORK COMPLETED AT FOREIGN                                  transfer applicable credits from Everest coursework in
INSTITUTIONS                                                     which a C or higher was earned; however, those
                                                                 credits will be treated as transfer credits and will not
All coursework completed at a foreign institution
                                                                 count toward fulfilling residency requirements at the
must be evaluated by a member of the National Asso-
                                                                 new location.
ciation of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). An
exception to this may be allowed for students transfer-
ring from Canada with prior approval from the Transfer           TRANSFER TO PARTICIPATING INSTITUTIONS IN
                                                                 FLORIDA'S STATEWIDE COURSE NUMBERING
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                                                            In addition, students taking online courses must:
ARTICULATION AGREEMENTS
                                                               Check quarterly to make sure they are maintaining
Everest University, Lakeland, has articulation agree-
                                                                 the correct systems profile;
ments with the following institutions: CompuCollege,
CDI College, Elmira Business Institute, Mountain State         Have Internet access and an established email
University, Nova Southeastern University and Univer-             account;
sity of Phoenix. Students should contact their Everest         Verify email account/address with Online Coordi-
University campus Academic Dean for additional infor-            nator at the time of registration each quarter;
mation on articulation agreement transfer terms and            Commence online course work as soon as
conditions.                                                      students have access to the courses;
                                                               Participate in classes and activities weekly
TRANSFER CENTER ASSISTANCE                                       throughout the course.
Any questions regarding the transfer of credit into or
from Everest should be directed to the Transfer Center      DIRECTED STUDY
at (877)727-0058 or email transfercenter@cci.edu.              Students unable to take a specific required course
                                                                 due to work schedule conflicts, emergency
EVEREST CONSORTIUM AGREEMENT                                     situations, or course scheduling conflicts may
The Everest Consortium Agreement enables students                request permission to complete a course through
to attend a limited number of classes at an Everest              directed study.
campus location other than their home campus. In               Associate degree students may apply a maximum
addition, students nearing completion of their program           of 8.0 quarter credit hours earned through directed
of study may finish their degree at another Everest              study to the major core of study.
campus location through the Consortium Agreement.              Bachelor’s degree students may apply a
Complete details on the Everest Consortium                       maximum of 16.0 quarter credits of directed study
Agreement are available in the Academic Dean’s/                  to the major core of study.
Director of Education’s office.                                Students may not take more than one directed
                                                                 study course in a single academic term.
ONLINE PROGRAMS AND COURSE                                     Diploma students are not eligible for Directed
REQUIREMENTS                                                     Study
Online courses are offered using the eCollege platform
via the Internet. Online courses have the same              GRADING SYSTEM AND PROGRESS REPORTS
objectives as courses taught on-ground although more        (See following page for grading scale)
individual effort and initiative will be required to        Final grades are reported at the completion of each
successfully master the material. Online courses will       grading term and are provided to each student.
be designated on the class schedule so students may
register during the normal registration period. To maxi-    NOTE: The D grade is not used for any modules or
mize success within the online courses, students must       courses that are a part of an Allied Health program,
have available to them:                                     including all "core" courses offered in medical
                                                            programs. A grade of 70% or higher is required to pass
A computer with a system profile that meets or              these courses. However elimination of the D grade
exceeds the following:                                      does not apply to general education and college core
Windows Systems                                             courses. Scores of 69% or less in modular and Allied
 Windows 2000, XP, or Vista                               Health programs are considered failing grades.
 64 MB RAM                                                Courses that have been failed must be retaken. Failed
                                                            courses must be repeated and are calculated as
 28.8 kbps modem (56K recommended)                        an attempt in the Satisfactory Academic Progress
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Grade         Point Value          Meaning                       Percentage Scale

A             4.0                  Excellent                    100‑90
B             3.0                  Very Good                    89‑80
C             2.0                  Good                         79‑70
D*            1.0                  Poor                         69‑60*
F** or Fail   0.0                  Failing                      59‐0**
P or Pass     Not Calculated       Pass (for externship/internship or thesis classes only)
IP***         Not Calculated       In Progress (for externship/internship or thesis courses only)
L             Not Calculated       Leave of Absence (allowed in modular programs only)
EL            Not Calculated       Experiential Learning Credit
PE            Not Calculated       Pass by Proficiency Exam
W             Not Calculated       Withdrawal
WZ            Not Calculated       Withdrawal for those students called to immediate active military duty. This
                                   grade indicates that the course will not be calculated for purposes of determining
                                   rate of progress
TR            Not Calculated       Transfer

*Not used in Allied Health Programs.
**Due to Florida Board and programmatic accrediting agency requirements, students in Allied Health programs
require a higher percentage grade to pass. For all Allied Health Programs, F (failing) is 69-0%.
***If the required linear externship/internship hours are not completed within one term, the student will receive an
IP (In Progress) grade and a zero credit Externship/Internship Extension course will be scheduled in the following
term. Once the required hours are completed, the student’s grade will be entered in both courses.


 Applies To All Courses
  Course Repeat Codes
 1             Student must repeat this class
 R             Student in the process of repeating this class
 2             Course repeated ‐ original grade no longer calculated in CGPA


TREATMENT OF GRADES IN THE SATISFACTORY ACADEMIC PROGRESS/RATE OF
PROGRESS CALCULATION
Treatment of Grades in the Satisfactory Academic Progress/Rate of Progress Calculation

Grade          Included in GPA      Counted as attempted credits? Counted as earned credits?
                 calculation?
A                      Y                               Y                            Y
B                      Y                               Y                            Y
C                      Y                               Y                            Y
D                      Y                               Y                            Y
F or Fail              Y                               Y                            N
P or Pass             N                                Y                            Y
IP                    N                                Y                            N
L                     N                                N                            N
EL                    N                                Y                            Y
PE                    N                                Y                            Y
W                     N                                Y                            N
WZ                    N                                Y                            N
TR                    N                                Y                            Y




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GPA AND CGPA CALCULATIONS                                     RATE OF PROGRESS TOWARD COMPLETION
   Grades may be expressed as letter grades or              The school catalog contains a schedule designating
     percentage grades depending on the program.              the minimum percentage or amount of work that stu-
   The Grade Point (Percent) Average (GPA) and              dents must successfully complete at the end of each
     Cumulative Grade Point (Percent) Average                 evaluation period to complete their educational pro-
     (CGPA) are calculated at the end of each evalua-         gram within the maximum timeframe (150%). Quantita-
     tion period to determine the student’s qualitative       tive progress is determined by dividing the number of
     progress.                                                credit hours earned by the number of credit hours
                                                              attempted. Credit hours attempted include completed
   For programs using letter grades, the Grade Point
                                                              hours, transfer credits, withdrawals, and repeated
     Average (GPA) is calculated at the end of each
                                                              courses.
     evaluation period by dividing the quality points
     earned by the total credits attempted for that
     evaluation period. The number of quality points          MAXIMUM TIMEFRAME TO COMPLETE
     awarded for each course is determined by multi-          The maximum timeframe for completion of all
     plying the points listed for each letter grade by the    programs below the master’s level is limited by federal
     number of credits of the course. The Cumulative          regulation to 150% of the published length of the pro-
     Grade Point Average (CGPA) is calculated by              gram. A student is not allowed to attempt more than
     dividing the total cumulative quality points earned      1.5 times or 150% of the credit hours in the standard
     by the total cumulative credits attempted for            length of the program in order to complete the require-
     cumulative evaluation periods.                           ments for graduation.
   For programs using percentage grades, the
     percentage equivalencies to letter grades are
                                                              SATISFACTORY ACADEMIC
     provided on the following page.
                                                              PROGRESS TABLES (Tables can be reviewed
                                                              on the following pages).
STANDARDS OF SATISFACTORY ACADEMIC
PROGRESS (SAP)                                                APPLICATION OF GRADES AND CREDITS TO SAP
Students must maintain satisfactory academic                     Grades A through F are included in the calculation
progress in order to remain eligible as regularly                  of CGPA and are included in the Total Number of
enrolled students and to continue receiving federal                Credit Hours Attempted.
financial assistance. The accreditor and federal                 Transfer credits (TR) are not included in the
regulations require that all students progress at                  calculation of CGPA but are included in the Total
a reasonable rate toward the completion of their                   Number of Credit Hours Attempted in order to
academic program. Satisfactory Academic Progress is                determine the required levels for CGPA and rate
measured by:                                                       of progress.
   The student’s cumulative grade point average                Courses with grades of P, EL, or PE are not
     (CGPA)                                                        included in the CGPA calculation but do count as
   The student’s rate of progress toward completion              credit hours successfully completed for the rate of
                                                                   progress calculation.
     (ROP)
   The maximum timeframe allowed to complete,
                                                                 For calculating rate of progress, F grades and W
                                                                   grades are counted as hours attempted but are
     which is 150% of total number of credits in the
                                                                   not counted as hours successfully completed.
     program of study (MTF).
                                                                   Grades of IP will also be counted as hours at-
EVALUATION PERIODS FOR SAP                                         tempted but not as hours successfully completed.
                                                                 When a course is repeated, the higher of the two
Satisfactory Academic Progress is measured at the                  grades is used in the calculation of CGPA, and the
end of each academic term, which includes the 25%                  total credit hours for the original course and the
point, the midpoint, the end of each academic year,                repeated course are included in the Total Credit
and the end of the program. Students in jeopardy of                Hours Attempted (in the SAP charts) to determine
not making SAP may be advised at any point and be                  the required rate of progress level. The credit
placed on probation to be monitored closely.                       hours for the original attempt are considered as
                                                                   not successfully completed.
CGPA EFFECT ON SAP                                               When a student transfers from, or completes, one
At the end of each academic term, the student’s CGPA               program and enrolls in another program, all
is reviewed to determine the student’s qualitative                 attempts of courses common to both programs
progress. Students must attain a minimum CGPA of                   are included in the CGPA and ROP of the new
1.0 at the end of the first 25% of the program and a 1.5           program.
CGPA at the midpoint of the program (A student
pursuing a master’s degree must maintain a minimum
cumulative grade point average of 3.0). For modular
programs, students must pass each module of the
program with the minimum required passing grade,
which may be expressed as a percentage, as stated in
the catalog.


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SATISFACTORY ACADEMIC PROGRESS
TABLES

47.0 Quarter Credit Hour Program with letter grades. Total          55.0 Quarter Credit Hour Modular Program with letter
     credits that may be attempted: 70 (150% of 47).              grades. (Massage Therapy V. 3‐0). Total credits that may be
                                                                                  attempted: 82 (150% of 55).
   Total  Probation if Suspension Probation if Suspension           Total    Probation Suspension Probation Suspension
  Credits   CGAP is     if CGAP is   Rate of    if Rate of         Credits   if CGPA is if CGPA is if Rate of       if Rate of
Attempted    below         below   Progress is Progress is       Attempted      below      below     Progress is Progress is
                                     Below        Below                                                Below          Below
    1‐18      2.0           N/A     66.66%         N/A              1‐12         2.0        N/A        66.66%           N/A
   19‐24      2.0           0.5     66.66%         25%             13‐24         2.0         1.0       66.66%          25%
   25‐30      2.0           0.75    66.66%         40%             25‐54         2.0         1.5       66.66%          55%
   31‐36      2.0           1.0     66.66%         50%
                                                                   55‐66         2.0         1.8       66.66%          64%
   37‐42      2.0           1.4     66.66%         60%
                                                                   67‐82         N/A         2.0         N/A         66.66%
   43‐48      2.0            1.7    66.66%         63%
   49‐70      N/A            2.0      N/A        66.66%

55.0 Quarter Credit Hour Modular Program with percentage         96.0 Quarter Credit Hour with letter grades. Total credits that
         grades. Total credits that may be attempted:                       may be attempted: 144 (150% of 96).
                        82 (150% of 55).
   Total     Probation if Suspension Probation if Suspension        Total  Probation if Suspension Probation Suspension
  Credits      CGPA is      if CGPA is   Rate of    if Rate of     Credits   CGPA is     if CGPA is if Rate of if Rate of
Attempted       below          below   Progress is Progress is   Attempted    below         below   Progress is Progress is
                                         Below        Below                                           Below       Below
   1‐12          70%            N/A      66.66%         N/A         1‐24       2.0           N/A     66.66%        N/A
  13‐24          70%            60%      66.66%        25%         25‐36       2.0           0.25    66.66%        10%
  25‐55          70%            63%      66.66%        55%         37‐48       2.0           0.5     66.66%        20%
  56‐66          70%            66%      66.66%        64%         49‐60       2.0           1.1     66.66%        30%
  67‐82          70%            70%       N/A        66.66%        61‐72       2.0           1.5     66.66%        40%
                                                                   73‐84       2.0           1.8     66.66%        50%
                                                                   85‐96       2.0           2.0     66.66%        55%
                                                                   97‐108      2.0            2.0    66.66%        60%
                                                                  109‐120      2.0            2.0    66.66%        63%
                                                                  121‐144      N/A            2.0      N/A        66.66%

192.0 Quarter Credit Hour Program with letter grades. Total
    credits that may be attempted: 288 (150% of 192).

   Total  Probation if Suspension Probation if Suspension
  Credits   CGPA is     if CGPA is   Rate of    if Rate of
Attempted    below         below   Progress is Progress is
                                     Below        Below
   1‐24       2.0           N/A     66.66%         N/A
  25‐36       2.0           0.25    66.66%         10%
  37‐48       2.0           0.5     66.66%         20%
  49‐60       2.0           1.1     66.66%         30%
  61‐72       2.0           1.5     66.66%         40%
  73‐84       2.0           1.8     66.66%         50%
  85‐96       2.0           2.0     66.66%         55%
  97‐108      2.0           2.0     66.66%         60%
 109‐120      2.0           2.0     66.66%         63%
 121‐288      N/A           2.0       N/A        66.66%




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ACADEMIC PROBATION
                                                             Students who have been readmitted following
At the end of any evaluation period, when students fall      academic suspension who fail to improve their CGPA
below the required academic progress standards               and/or ROP into the applicable probation range by the
(CGPA and/or ROP) for their program, they shall re-          end of the first evaluation period after readmission
ceive a written warning and be placed on probation.          must be dismissed from the program unless it is
Probation will begin at the start of the next evaluation     determined that it would take more than one period to
period. When both the CGPA and ROP are above                 meet SAP and the students have made the necessary
the probation ranges, students are removed from              progress toward achieving the requirements. Students
probation.                                                   who have reached the maximum timeframe for their
                                                             program must be withdrawn from the program. There
During the period of probation, students are consid-
                                                             is no appeal for this type of withdrawal.
ered to be making Satisfactory Academic Progress
both for academic and financial aid eligibility. Students
on probation must participate in academic advising as        ATTENDANCE POLICY
a condition of their probation. Academic advising shall      QUARTER-BASED PROGRAMS ONLY
be documented on an Academic Advising Plan and
shall be kept in their academic file.                        Verifying Enrollment and Tracking Academic-
                                                             Related Activities
NOTIFICATION OF PROBATION                                    Enrollment for quarter-based programs is tracked dur-
                                                             ing the first 21 calendar days of the term, and for a
The Academic Dean/Director of Education (or desig-           mini-term, the first fourteen calendar days, excluding
nee) must provide written notice of probationary status      scheduled breaks and holidays. Students who fail to
to all students placed on academic probation. The            attend a course during this period will be withdrawn
following timelines apply for all students placed on         from the course and students who fail to attend any
academic probation:                                          courses during this period will be withdrawn from the
   For programs with an Add/Drop period;                   school. In addition, student participation in academi-
                                                             cally-related activities will be tracked during the 7th
     -Students must be notified in writing by the end of     and 8th week of a full term course, and the 4th week of
     the add/drop period of the probationary term; and       a mini-term course. Regularly scheduled academic-
     -Must receive academic advising within thirty (30)      related activities occur throughout the school term and
     days from the start date of the probationary term.      participation in these activities is essential to student
   For programs without an Add/Drop period:                success. Examples of academic activities include, but
                                                             are not limited to: instructor lecture, mid-term assess-
     -Students must be notified in writing by the end of     ment, quiz, field trip and academic advising. Students
     the first week of the probationary term; and            who fail to participate in any academically-related
     -Must receive academic advising by the end of the       events during this period shall be withdrawn from
     second week of the probationary term.                   school, unless the student participates in an advising
                                                             session in the 9th week of the term (5th week of the
SUSPENSION                                                   mini-term).
If, at the end of any evaluation period, a student's         Add/Drop Period
CGPA or ROP falls into the suspension ranges
specified in the school catalog, the student                  The first 14 calendar days of each academic quar-
is considered not to be making SAP. Students                    ter are designated as the add/drop period for stu-
not making SAP must be placed on suspension and                 dents in quarter-based programs. Holidays that
withdrawn from the program. Students may appeal a               fall during this timeframe are not counted as part
suspension notice.                                              of the add/drop period. Students who wish to
                                                                make course changes must request approval from
                                                                the Academic Dean/Director of Education and the
ACADEMIC APPEALS                                                Student Finance Office.
Students who successfully appeal a suspension are             The student charges for the term will be deter-
considered to be making SAP and may remain in                   mined by the classes the student has attended by
school under the following conditions:                          the end of the third week of the term. There are no
                                                                charges for classes dropped during the add/drop
   It is mathematically possible for the student to           period.
     complete the program within the maximum time-
     frame with the required CGPA
                                                              For students enrolling in school during the mini-
                                                                term, the first seven days of the mini-term are
   The student must be placed on probation and                considered the add/drop period. Holidays that fall
     monitored under an Academic Advising Plan                  during this timeframe are not counted as part of
The student must demonstrate improvement in their               the add/drop period.
CGPA and/or ROP at the end of each subsequent                 There is no add/drop period for micro-terms.
evaluation period
Students who successfully appeal a suspension but            Date of Withdrawal
whose CGPA and/or ROP is in the suspension range             The date of withdrawal for students who officially with-
at the end of any subsequent evaluation period must          draw is the date the student begins the official with-
file a new academic appeal.                                  drawal process or provides written notice of their intent
                                                             to withdrawal, whichever is earlier. If the student offi-
                                                             cially rescinds his or her official notification of with-
DISMISSAL
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drawal and then withdraws within the same quarter,          but for a successful appeal, the following rule shall
the withdrawal date is the student’s original withdrawal    apply:
date from the previous official notification.
If the student ceases attendance without providing              Percentage                Action Taken
official notification due to circumstances beyond the           15% of the remaining      Attendance warning
student’s control, the withdrawal date is the date that
                                                                classroom hours missed    letter sent
the school determines is related to the circumstance
beyond the student’s control. The withdrawal date for           20% of the remaining      Dismissed from the
all other instances where a student withdraws without           classroom hours missed    program
providing official notification is the mid-point of the
quarter or the last documented date of attendance at
                                                            Date of Withdrawal
an academic activity, whichever is later.
                                                            The date of withdrawal for students who officially with-
                                                            draw is the date the student begins the official with-
Date of Determination (DOD)
                                                            drawal process or provides written notice of their intent
For a student who officially withdraws, the DOD is the
                                                            to withdrawal, whichever is earlier. If the student offi-
student’s withdrawal date, or date of notification,
                                                            cially rescinds his or her official notification of with-
whichever is later. For a student who withdraws after
                                                            drawal and then withdraws within the same term, the
rescinding an official withdrawal, the DOD is the date
                                                            withdrawal date is the student’s original withdrawal
the school becomes aware that the student did not, or
                                                            date from the previous official notification.
will not, complete the period of enrollment. For a stu-
dent who withdraws without notification, the DOD is         When a student is withdrawn for consecutive absences
the date that the school becomes aware that the stu-        within the term or module, the date of his or her with-
dent has ceased attendance. In this latter case, the        drawal shall be the last date of attendance (LDA).
school must determine the withdrawal date no later          When a student is withdrawn for violating the applica-
than 30 days after the end of the earlier of the:           ble percentage absence rule, the date of his or her
                                                            withdrawal shall be the date of the violation. Students
1.   payment period or the period of enrollment (as
                                                            who state they will return to school must file an atten-
     appropriate),
                                                            dance appeal (see Appeals Policy).
2.   academic year, or
3.   student’s educational program
                                                            Date of Determination
                                                            The Date of Determination (DOD) is the earliest of the
MODULAR PROGRAMS ONLY                                       following three dates:
Establishing and Monitoring Student Attendance               The date the student notifies the school that he or
Attendance in modular programs is taken each class               she is not returning;
session beginning with the first day of scheduled            The date the student violates the published atten-
classes. Students registered for a class shall attend by         dance policy; or
the second scheduled class session, or be withdrawn.         No later than the 14th calendar day after the LDA
Faculty shall monitor student attendance on the basis            (excluding scheduled breaks).
of both consecutive absences (the “Consecutive Ab-
sence Rule”) and absences as a percentage of the            Attendance Records
hours in the class/program (the “Percentage Absence         The computer attendance database is the official
Rule”). There is no add/drop period for these pro-          record of attendance. The official record may be chal-
grams.                                                      lenged by filing an attendance appeal within five calen-
                                                            dar days following the end of a session. Without an
Consecutive Absence Rule                                    appeal, after the 14th calendar day following the end of
When a student’s absences from any course or mod-           the session, the computer attendance database shall
ule exceed 14 consecutive calendar days, excluding          be considered final.
holidays and scheduled breaks, the faculty shall notify
the Academic Dean/Director of Education, who shall
ultimately be responsible for determining whether the       LEAVE OF ABSENCE POLICY (Modular
student plans to return to school or has withdrawn.         Programs Only)
                                                            Everest permits students to request a leave of ab-
Percentage Absence Rule                                     sence (LOA) as long as the leaves do not exceed a
For students who have not previously been dismissed         total of 180 days during any 12-month period, starting
from the program for violating the attendance policy,       from the first day of the first leave, and as long as
the following rule shall apply:                             there are documented, legitimate extenuating circum-
                                                            stances that require the students to interrupt their edu-
                                                            cation. In order for a student to be granted an LOA, the
Percentage                    Action Taken                  student must submit a completed, signed and dated
15% of the total classroom    Attendance warning            Leave of Absence Request Form to the Academic
hours missed                  letter sent                   Dean/Director of Education.
20% of the total classroom    Dismissed from the            NOTE: Everest does not permit leaves of absence for
hours missed                  program                       students enrolled in quarter-based programs. Students
                                                            experiencing circumstances that may make it neces-
                                                            sary to interrupt their attendance temporarily should
For students who have been dismissed for violating
                                                            see the Academic Dean/Director of Education.
the attendance policy, or would have been dismissed

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                                                              the course from which the student withdrew, the hours
Re-admission Following a Leave of Absence                     for which the student receives a passing grade are
 Upon return from leave, the student will be re-            counted as earned. The grade, hours and attendance
    quired to repeat the module, if it had been inter-        for the original attempt prior to the official leave of ab-
    rupted, and receive final grades.                         sence are not counted for purposes of the rate of pro-
 The student will not be charged any fee for the            gress toward completion calculation, and the original
    repeat of any module from which the student took          grade is not counted in the CGPA calculation.
    leave or for re-entry from the leave of absence.
 The date the student returns to class is normally          WITHDRAWAL PROCEDURES (All Programs)
    scheduled for the beginning of a module.
 When a student is enrolled in a modular program,              Students who intend to withdraw from school are
                                                                   requested to notify the Academic Dean/Director of
    the student may return at any appropriate module,
                                                                   Education by telephone, in person, by email or in
    not only the module from which the student with-
                                                                   writing to provide official notification of their intent
    drew.
                                                                   to withdraw and the date of withdrawal.
Extension of LOA                                                 Timely notification by the student will result in the
A student on an approved LOA may submit a request                  student being charged tuition and fees for only the
to extend the LOA without returning to class. Such a               portion of the payment period or period of enroll-
request may be approved by the Academic Dean/                      ment that he/she attended as well as ensuring a
Director of Education provided:                                    timely return of federal funds and any other re-
                                                                   funds that may be due.
   The student submits a completed LOA Extension               Students requesting a withdrawal from school
     Request Form before the end date of the current               must complete a financial aid exit interview.
     leave.                                                      Students who have withdrawn from school may
   There is a reasonable expectation the student will            contact the school’s Education Department about
     return.                                                       re-entry.
   The number of days in the leave as extended,
     when added to all other approved leaves, does            REPEATING COURSES
     not exceed 180 calendar days in any 12-month
     period calculated from the first day of the student’s    Students in both modular and quarter-based programs
     first leave.                                             may repeat a course taken to improve the cumulative
   Appropriate modules required for completion of           grade point average. The credit is given for the better
     the program will be available to the student on the      of the two grades earned when repeating a course. All
     date of return.                                          repeated courses will be charged at the current tuition
                                                              rate.
If the extension request is approved, the end date of
the student’s current leave will be changed in the offi-
                                                              MAKE-UP WORK
cial student information system to reflect the new end
date. If the request is denied, the student will be with-     At the instructor’s discretion,      make-up work may
drawn and the withdrawal date will be the student’s           be provided to students who          have missed class
last date of attendance (LDA).                                assignments or tests. Make-up        work must be com-
                                                              pleted within 10 calendar days       after the end of the
Failure to Return from a Leave of Absence                     term/module.
A student who fails to return from an LOA on or before
the date indicated in the written request will be termi-      EXTERNSHIP TRAINING
nated from the program, and the institution will invoke
the refund policy. As required by federal statute and         Upon successful completion of all classroom require-
regulations, the student’s last date of attendance prior      ments, students enrolled in programs that require an
to the approved LOA will be used in order to determine        externship are expected to begin that portion of the
the amount of funds the institution earned and make           program. Externships must be successfully completed
any refunds that may be required under federal, state,        within three months from the date students begin their
or institutional policy.                                      externship. Students must make up absences that
                                                              occur during the externship to ensure that the required
Possible Effects of Leave of Absence                          extern hours are completed prior to graduation.
Students who are contemplating an LOA should be               Students who do not start their externship for more
cautioned that one or more of the following factors may       than 14 calendar days after completion of all class-
affect the length of time it will take the student to         room requirements may be dropped from the program.
graduate.                                                     Students who do not complete their externship training
   Students returning from an LOA are not guaran-           within the required three-month completion time may
     teed that the module required to maintain the nor-       be dropped from the program.
     mal progress in their training program will be avail-
     able at the time of re-entry                             REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATION
   They may have to wait for the appropriate module            Successfully complete all courses in the program
     to be offered                                                 with a 2.0 (70%) cumulative grade point average
   Financial aid may be affected                                 within the maximum timeframe for completion as
When a student returns from an LOA and completes                   stated in the school catalog.

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   Successfully complete all externship requirements         At the end of a probationary period, a student's
     (if applicable).                                            progress is re-evaluated. If the student has met
   Meet any additional program specific require-               minimum standards for satisfactory academic
     ments as stated in the catalog.                             progress and any written conditions of probation
   Be current on all financial obligations to the              that may have been required, the student is
     school.                                                     removed from probation and returned to regular
                                                                 student status.
Graduation                                                     A veteran student who fails to make Satisfactory
Graduates must be current on all financial obligations,          Academic Progress status after two consecutive
including tuition charges, fees, and other expenses,             periods of academic probation must be reported to
before the degree is granted. Commencement exer-                 the VA and may have their benefits terminated.
cises are held at least once a year.
                                                            Veterans’ Reinstatement after Successful Appeal
   All requirements for undergraduate degrees must        of Termination
     be completed within eight calendar years from the      A student who successfully appeals termination due to
     start of the initial term of enrollment.               failure to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress
   All requirements for graduate degrees must be          may be reinstated. A reinstated student enters under
     completed within five calendar years from the start    an extended probationary period. This probationary
     of the initial term of enrollment.                     period will extend for one grading period, after which a
                                                            student must meet minimum standards of satisfactory
VETERANS’ EDUCATION BENEFITS                                progress to remain in school. The VA will determine
                                                            whether or not to resume payments of education
Prior Credit for Veterans Affairs (VA)                      benefits to a reinstated student.
Beneficiaries
Upon enrollment, Everest will request and obtain
                                                            APPEALS POLICY
official written records of all previous education and
experience (including military education and training),     Student Academic Appeals Policy
grant credit where appropriate, notify the student, and     Academic appeals include those appeals related to
shorten the program certified accordingly.                  final grades, attendance violations, and academic
                                                            or financial aid eligibility. In all instances, Everest ex-
Retroactive Veterans’ Benefits                              pects that initially every attempt will be made to re-
Veterans’ benefits can be paid for enrollments up           solve such disputes informally through discussions by
to one year before VA receives a student’s application.     all relevant parties prior to initiating formal appeals.
Schools may certify students retroactively for
                                                            All formal academic appeals must be submitted in
enrollment periods not previously certified. VA will
                                                            writing on an Academic Appeal Form to the Academic
determine the date of eligibility and the beginning date
                                                            Dean/Director of Education within five calendar days
from which benefits can be paid.
                                                            of the date the student has notice of the adverse
                                                            academic decision:
Attendance Requirements for Veteran Students
VA requires that it be notified when a veteran student         Notice of final grades:
receives any type of probation or warning related to                  -Modular: The date the grade(s) are mailed
failure to attend. Such notification may result in the                from the school
termination of veterans’ benefits.                                    -Linear: First day of the subsequent term
                                                               Notice of Attendance violation is the date of the
Veterans’ Leave of Absence (Modular                              violation
Programs Only)                                                 Notice of SAP violation is the date of the suspen-
A student will be granted no more than one leave of
                                                                 sion/dismissal letter
absence for a maximum period of 60 days. A written
request must be made in advance or the absence will         The appeal must include:
be considered unexcused. VA will be notified immedi-
                                                               The specific academic decision at issue
ately when a veteran student is granted leave.
                                                               The date of the decision
Make-Up Assignments                                            The reason(s) the student believes the decision
Make-up work and assignments may not be certified                was incorrect
for veteran students for VA pay purposes.                      The informal steps taken to resolve the disagree-
                                                                 ment over the decision
Maximum Timeframe for Veteran Students                         The resolution sought
Students funded by the VA must complete their
programs within the program’s standard timeframe to         The written appeal may be accompanied by
receive veterans’ benefits.                                 any additional documentation (e.g., papers, doctor
                                                            notes, tests, syllabi) the student believes will support
Satisfactory Academic Progress for Undergraduate            the conclusion that the academic decision was incor-
Students Receiving VA Benefits                              rect. Once a formal appeal is filed, no action based on
                                                            the adverse academic decision may be taken until
 Veteran students are subject to the Satisfactory
                                                            the appeal process is complete. However, in cases
    Academic Progress Policy and may be placed on
                                                            involving financial aid eligibility, all financial aid
    academic probation or dismissed for failing to
                                                            disbursements shall be suspended until the matter
    make Satisfactory Academic Progress.
                                                            is resolved.
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