Student Consumer Information
Higher Education Act Required Disclosure
The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA) requires that postsecondary institutions participating in federal student aid programs disclose information from various administrative areas to students. The following information is disclosed to you as a student at Coastal PinesTechnical College in compliance with federal law. Visit the HEOA website for more information.
Consumer Information & Disclosures
Guide to Student Consumer Information 2013-2014
In accordance with federal regulations set forth by the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, the following information is sent to prospective students and all enrolled students to inform them of the availability of specific types of consumer information. This guide contains a brief description of important information about Coastal Pines Technical College, financial assistance, graduation rates, campus security, student rights and responsibilities, voter registration, and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Printed copies of the information will be made available upon request.
Family Educational Rights And Privacy Act (FERPA)
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their educational records. They include the right to: 1) inspect and review these records; 2) request an amendment to the records; 3) consent to or restrict disclosures of personally identifiable information in the records; and 4) file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning the college’s alleged failure to comply with FERPA. The CPTC FERPA Policy Statement is available on the Registrar’s Office web page and more detailed information may be found in the CPTC Catalog at www.coastalpines.edu/catalog/index.htm
Enrollment and Demographics
Enrollment demographic information for the OTC student body is available upon request from the Registrar’s Office, 1701 Carswell Avenue, Waycross, GA.
Applications for voter registration for Georgia residents are available online. Students who wish to register to vote may pick up a voter registration card by contacting Coastal Pines Technical College’s Student Activities Coordinator at (912) 427-5861. Assistance with the application is available on the Waycross campus in the Student Success Center or in the Students Affairs offices located on Alma, Baxley, Hazlehurst, Jesup, Golden Isle and Camden. Nonresident students may find voter information about their specific states through the U.S. Election Assistance Commission.
Federal regulations require colleges to disclose information regarding their occupational programs that require a state licensure to be employed, and the status of the program for meeting an individual state’s licensure requirements. To determine if a program meets state licensure requirements, locate the program of choice, and view the status that program has for the state you are located
Descriptions of available federal, state, institutional, and private sources of student assistance, application procedures, eligibility criteria, recipient selection criteria and criteria to determine award amounts, method to use PELL to purchase books, methods of disbursement, terms and conditions of Federal Work Study or loans, sample loan repayment schedule, employment opportunities, student rights and responsibilities, and satisfactory academic progress standards are available at the Office of Student Financial Aid, 1701 Carswell Avenue, Waycross, GA 31503. A breakdown of the estimated cost of attendance used to determine student eligibility for federal student assistance is available at the Office of Student Financial Aid.
Tuition And Fees
Costs for tuition and fees may be locatedin Tuition and fees.
Program-specific costs may be located on gainful employment program pages.
Financial Aid Disbursement Policies And Procedures
If funds are remaining after tuition and fees are deducted from earned Title IV funds, the business office will issue payment to the student for the remaining balance the fourth week of the semester for PELL funds. Any student who is issued a Title IV refund and then found to have dropped or withdrawn from classes prior to completion of the 60 percent attendance point in the semester must return the unearned funds back to the college. Students who have amounts due will not be allowed to receive grades, transcripts, or register for classes until the amount owed is paid in full.
Net Price Calculator
This feature will provide an estimate of typical expenses and financial aid to attend Coastal PinesTechnical College. The estimates may be used to help students determine “net cost”—likely out-of-pocket expenses to attend Coastal Pines Technical College. For more details contact the Office of Student Financial Aid, 1701 Carswell Avenue, Waycross, GA 31503.
Coastal Pines Technical College recognizes previous postsecondary coursework by accepting credits earned from other regionally or nationally accredited institutions that are applicable to the student's program of study. A student who presents credit for evaluation and transfer must be aware that the awarding of credit does not guarantee that institutions subsequently attended by the student will accept those credits. From more information consult the Coastal Pines Technical College Catalog online.
Textbook information by term including required texts and costs is available at the Coastal Pines Technical College Bookstore. This booklist can be used to purchase new and used textbooks for classes. For additional information contact the CPTC Bookstore, 1701 Carswell Avenue, Waycross, GA 31503, phone (912) 285-6199.
A refund is money due a student or financial aid source when a student has withdrawn or dropped a class. Two refund polices are in effect at Coastal Pines Technical College. The refund policy used varies depending on the type of financial aid a student is scheduled to receive or if the student has completely withdrawn from school or have been administratively dropped. Information on the college refund policy, and the requirements for the return of Title IV grant or loan assistance by students who withdraw.
CPTC Refund Policy
This refund policy applies when a student has totally withdrawn from school and paid cash or received a HOPE Scholarship/Grant payment. This policy states that pre-registered students may receive a full refund of all tuition and fees paid if they cancel prior to the scheduled enrollment date. Students who withdraw/drop during the first three (3) school days of each term will receive 100% of tuition charges refunded for each course dropped. Students who withdraw/drop after the third consecutive school day will receive no refund of tuition and fees.
Federal Refund Policy
Students receiving assistance from Title IV programs (Federal PELL Grant or FSEOG) will be awarded aid depending upon the amount of aid earned. If the student completed more than 60% of the term, he or she will have earned 100% of the aid for that period. If the student completed 60% or less of the term, the percentage of the period completed is equal to the percentage of aid earned.
The percentage completed will be calculated by counting the number of days completed up to the point of withdrawal divided by the total number of days in the term. This percentage will be applied to Title IV funds for which the student established eligibility prior to the withdrawal date.
The Title IV aid earned is first used to pay the tuition, fees, and bookstore charges the student has deferred to their Title IV aid account. If any funds remain after deducting these charges, the student will receive the balance due in the form of a refund check prior to the end of the term. If the amount of Title IV aid earned is insufficient to cover these charges and any payments already made to the student, the student is liable for these charges and they must be repaid before the student will be allowed to enroll in another term of study at Coastal Pines Technical College. Examples are available in the Office of Financial Aid.
Refund of Books and Supplies
- No refund shall be made for expendable supplies and equipment (i.e., cosmetology kits, diskettes, tools, book bags and totes, clothing, etc.)
- Full refunds shall be made for books and eligible bookstore items that are returned within 7 consecutive days from the date of purchase in new, resalable condition with no marks, no writing. Items must be unsoiled and accompanied by the original receipt.
NOTE: Refund requests for books and supplies must be made within two (2) weeks of the term in which they were purchased and intended for use. This deadline is enforced in all cases.
College Withdrawal Policy
The official college policy on withdrawal from courses is contained in the online CPTC Catalog
Information About The Institution
Descriptions of academic programs, degree offerings and instructional facilities are available in the CPTC Catalog.
Coastal Pines Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call (404) 679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Coastal Pines Technical College. All other queries about programs, services, or admissions should be directed to Coastal Pines Technical College at (912) 287-6584 or (877) 332-8682.
Coastal Pines Technical College desires to resolve student grievances, complaints and concerns in an expeditious, fair and amicable manner. If a resolution is not reached at the institution level, or if you believe that the nature of the complaint or its impact on the system as a whole warrants an immeidate review by the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) administration, please contact TCSG Student Affairs. Students residing outside of the State of Georgia who are taking an online course may also file a complaint with an agency located in their state.
Services And Facilities For Students With Disabilities
Information concerning Coastal Pines Technical College’s disability services is available by contacting Cathy Montgomery, Counseling and Special Services Director on Jesup Instructional Site, 1777 West Cherry Street, Jesup, GA 31545, (912) 427-6265
Retention And Graduation Rates
Retention and graduation rates for CPTC first time, full time freshman cohorts are available upon request from the Registrar’s Office, 1701 Carswell Avenue, Waycross, GA.
Information on placement of and types of employment obtained by graduates of Coastal Pines Technical College’s degree programs can be obtained from the Office of Career Services at 1701 Carswell Avenue, Waycross, GA 31503, (912) 287-5813
The Office of Information Technology oversees the policies and sanctions related to copyright infringement and liabilities students may face for unauthorized distribution of copyrighted materials. Information about copyright infringement is available by contacting the Office of Information Technology at (912) 285-6008
Institutional Drug And Alcohol Policy
The Coastal Pines Technical College Policy on Alcohol and Other Drugs is published annually in the Catalog and Student Handbook. The abuse of alcohol and the use of illegal drugs by members of the Coastal Pines Technical College community are incompatible with the goals of the college. In order to further the college's commitment to provide a healthy and productive educational environment, and in compliance with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989, the college has established a policy on alcohol and other drugs. The college’s student conduct regulations prohibit the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of alcohol and other drugs by students and student organizations. Other alcohol related misconduct is also prohibited. The college also does not tolerate employee misconduct related to alcohol or other drug abuse. Sanctions are detailed for students and staff who violate this policy. The Coastal Pines Technical College Drug and Alcohol Policy may be found by contacting Coastal Pines Technical College Chief of Campus Police, James Mock, 1701 Carswell Avenue, Waycross, GA 31503 or (912) 287-4027 or Cathy Montgomery, Counseling and Special Services Director, 1777 West Cherry Street, Jesup, GA 31545 or (912) 427-6265.
Emergency Response And Evacuation Procedures
Effective communication is one of the major challenges in emergency management. The college has a comprehensive emergency notification system and campus-wide email system. Details about these methods of communication are available through the Office of Campus Safety and Security, 1701 Carswell Avenue, Waycross, GA 31501, (912) 287-4027.
Campus Safety And Crime
In compliance with Section 485 (a) and (f) of the Higher Education Act, also known as the Jeanne Cleary Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, 20 U.S.C. 1092 (a) and (f), Coastal PinesTechnical College is required to disclose, on an annual basis, data on crimes committed on campus and campus safety policies and procedures. Among its provisions, this consumer protection law requires the school to collect, prepare, publish and distribute an annual statement of all campus security policies to all current and prospective students and employees. Included in this report are statistics concerning the occurrence of campus crime.
In compliance with federal law, the Office of Campus Safety and Security makes available safety and crime statistics, a daily crime log and fire log. These logs are available for view by contacting the Office of Safety and Security at1701 Carswell Ave, Waycross Ga 31503or (912) 287- 4027.
1701 Carswell Avenue
Waycross, GA 31503