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Compliance and Information - Glossary of Terms

Catalogs, Addenda, and Related Information
Contains information about the college, the programs offered, the admissions requirements, and other institutional standards and requirements, along with the accreditation and licensing information.

Consumer Information Guide
Federal regulations require institutions to provide certain consumer information annually to its students, along with a statement of procedures regarding where to obtain that information. This guide accomplishes that objective.

Net Price Calculator
The Net Price Calculator is a tool that you can use to estimate your “net price” to attend our college. Net price is the difference between the “sticker” price (full cost) to attend, minus any grants and scholarships for which you may be eligible. Sticker price includes direct charges (tuition and fees, room and board) and indirect costs (books and supplies, transportation and personal expenses). The information used to calculate these costs is taken directly from the information submitted in the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

On-Time Completion and Median Loan Debt (Gainful Employment Disclosures)
On-Time Completion Rates and Median Loan Debt are calculated in accordance with federal regulations specifically pertaining to the required Gainful Employment disclosures. On-Time graduation rates represent the percentage of students who completed the program no later than the published length of the program, as defined by the institution's catalog. Median Loan Debt is the middle loan amount, extracted from a range of students who have graduated from a particular program, and only includes debt incurred at the institution. The debt incurred includes living expenses.

Notes to consider:

  1. The reporting period is July 1 through June 30. The cohort year is dependent on the length of the program. The current cohorts are as follows:
    1. Program Length at 52 Weeks or Less – 7/1/15 through 6/30/16
    2. Program Length at 53 – 104 Weeks – 7/1/14 through 6/30/15
    3. Program Length at 105 – 208 Weeks – 7/1/13 through 6/30/14
    4. Program Length at 209 Weeks or more – 7/1/12 through 6/30/13
  2. The institution considers an on-time graduate to be a student who completes their program within the specified timeframe, as published in the institution’s catalog.
  3. Median Loan Debt is calculated using only those students who have graduated on-time.
  4. The length of each program ("Normal Time to Complete") is listed in instructional weeks as defined by our accreditation agency. This number represents the number of weeks you can expect to spend in the classroom. The published length may not include scheduled breaks or the time required to complete clinical or externship requirements due to the inherent nature of these courses. Therefore, the calculation used to determine the rates accounts for normal lengths of time associated with the curriculum that extend the period longer than the actual course of time.
  5. Per federal regulations, any program that graduated less than 10 students will not display a Median Loan Debt amount in order to preserve the confidentiality of the loan recipients.
  6. Median Loan Debt is the middle loan amount, extracted from a range of students who have graduated from a particular program, and only includes debt incurred at the institution. The debt incurred includes living expenses. Students are arranged in ascending order, including students who have zero debt. Therefore, it is possible to have programs with a median loan debt amount of zero.
  7. Monthly Loan Payment Amount – The monthly amount provided on the Gainful Employment Disclosure is calculated by using an interest rate provided by the U.S. Department of Education along with amortizing the loan over a specific period as defined by the gainful employment regulations. The length of amortization is based on the credential awarded by each program.

Occupational Links (Gainful Employment Disclosures)
The occupational links displayed within each Gainful Employment Disclosure are presented in accordance with the Gainful Employment requirements as defined by federal regulations. The links represent a sample of identified occupations for which an institution's graduates may typically find employment within a few years after completing a program. In addition, each occupational name is a link to the Occupational Information Network (O*Net) where various information can be obtained for a particular area of interest. If you have further questions on the type of employment that can be obtained for a particular program, please visit the Career Services Department at your campus.

Accreditation Placement Rates
Accreditation placement rates are calculated in accordance with our programmatic accreditor the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and in accordance with federal regulations. The rates are updated annually based upon Annual Reports submitted to ACEN. The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) of 2008 requires that Institutions make available to their students information regarding placement rates, including the methodology and time frame applicable to the rates. Information is maintained, tracked and updated in our student data base system.

State Placement Rates
State placement rates are calculated in accordance with each institution's state agency and in accordance with federal regulations. The rates are updated annually based upon Annual Reports submitted to each state agency.

Certain states are not required to submit placement rate data or programmatic placement rate data to its state agency. As a result and per federal regulations at 34 CFR 668.6(b)(1)(iv), state based rates are not required to be disclosed for those institutions. Currently the State of Colorado does not require that we submit placement rate data.

Textbook Listings and Costs
In accordance with the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) of 2008 and in addition to the Higher Education Act of 1965 (as amended), each postsecondary educational institution must disclose information on the recommended and required textbooks needed to complete each course of study. The prices listed for reflect what a student is estimated to pay for each textbook.