Student Consumer Information
Per the 2008 Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), all postsecondary institutions participating in federal financial aid programs are required to make available specific consumer information to current and prospective students in order to assist consumers in making more informed decisions about their education options.
General and Academic Information
- Notice of Availability of Institutional and Financial Aid Information
- Academic Programs
- Faculty Information
- Transfer Credits
- Disability Services
- Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
- Textbook Information
- Copyright Policy
Academic Program Information
Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) Annual Reporting
Note: Reporting periods and data presentation may vary depending whether it is a statistical requirement from the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education or the Department of Education and their respective statistical requirements.
Costs and Financial Aid
- Financial Aid Overview
- Affording Meridian
- Apply for Financial Aid
- Financial Aid Process
- Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy (SAP)
- Leaves, Withdrawals and Refund Policy
- Return of Financial Aid Funds
- Student Loan Repayment Calculators
- Meridian’s Code of Conduct and NASFAA Code of Conduct for Financial Aid Professionals
- Private Alternative Education Loans
- Entrance Counseling
- Exit Counseling
Financial Aid Support and Assistance
The Following links will walk you through the FAFSA and Financial Aid Process.
- Find types of loans and the amounts a graduate student can borrow:
- Check the status of your loan(s) by visiting studentloans.gov
- Retrieve federal student aid information from a central database at nslds.ed.gov
- Loan Repayment information/Debt Counseling:
- Learn more about California financial aid from the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education at www.bppe.ca.gov/students/financial.shtml
- Watch IRS data retrieval tool and instructions at youtube.com/watch?v=W7Uh3SbRaxA
- Find Consolidation/Income-Based Repayment (IBR) Information at studentaid.ed.gov/repay-loans/consolidation
- How to contact the FSA Ombudsman Group: studentaid.ed.gov/repay-loans/disputes/prepare
- More help can be found from the Affordable Colleges Online Resource Center at www.affordablecollegesonline.org/college-resource-center/
- A variety of online calculators, such as financial and investments, mortgage and tax, salary and savings calculators can be found at goodcalculators.com
The following links are free online resources to create a budget outline
- Money management portal: practicalmoneyskills.com
- The Dollar Stretcher: stretcher.com
- Tools, investments, news: smartmoney.com
- GradSense Budget Calculator: http://gradsense.org/gradsense/budget-calculator
- Budgeting software: www.mint.com or www.youneedabudget.com
Estimating Cost of Living
- CNN Money Cost of Living Calculator: http://money.cnn.com/calculator/pf/cost-of-living/
- Economic Policy Institute's "Family Budget" Calculator: http://www.epi.org/resources/budget/
- Award-winning journalist and best-selling author: jeanchatzky.com
- Information about your FICO Score: myfico.com
- One-stop money management for students: whatsmyscore.org
- Credit counseling: consumercredit.com
- Free annual credit report: annualcreditreport.com
Free scholarship search engines
Remember, watch out for financial aid scams. You should never be asked to pay for scholarship applications.
Additional Financial Aid Resources for Students with Disabilities
MoneyGeek.com offers resources for students with disabilities:
- Scholarships and financial aid for students: www.moneygeek.com/education/college/resources/scholarship-guide-for-students-with-disabilities/
- Understanding ADA laws and rights of workers: www.moneygeek.com/careers/resources/workers-with-disabilities-and-ada/
Cohort Default Rate
Not yet applicable for Meridian
Health and Safety
- Campus Crime and Fire Safety Report
- Anonymous Crime Reporting Form
- Missing Person Procedures
- Drug and Alcohol Abuse Policy
- Notice of Federal Student Financial Aid Penalties for Drug Law Violations
- Violence Against Women
- Sexual Harassment Policy
- Vaccination Policy: Students are encouraged to be responsible for their well-being, however Meridian does not require vaccinations for its students. To learn more, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at www.cdc.gov.
Federal Work-Study Information
For details regarding the Federal Work-Study program, visit the Federal Code of Regulations. Please note Meridian does not participate in the Federal Work-Study program.
Registered Sex Offender Information
The National Sex Offender Public Registry (NSOPW) links public state, territorial, and tribal sex offender registries from one national search site: www.nsopw.gov.
Voter Registration Information
Students who have not registered to vote may do so online by visiting on-line by visiting www.usa.gov/register-to-vote.
Consider celebrating the birthday of the United States government with Constitution Day. Constitution Day commemorates the signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787.
Questions and complaints process with the bureau for private postsecondary education. Any questions a student may have regarding the enrollment agreement that have not been satisfactorily answered by Meridian University may be directed to the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education at 2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400, Sacramento, CA 95833 or P.O. Box 980818, West Sacramento, CA 95798-0818, www.bppe.ca.gov, (888) 370-7589 (telephone) or (916) 263-1897 (fax), or (916) 431-6959 (telephone) or (916) 263-1897 (fax).