In accordance with the regulations set forth in the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, below is a summary of the consumer information that must be made available to prospective and current students at Southwestern Michigan College. Please review the website listed or link provided for each topic for the most complete information.
|Section I. Information about the College|
|College Navigator including Student Right to Know information on Graduation, Diversity, and Retention Data.|
|Graduation Rates by Gender, Race and Aid|
|Post Graduate Employment and Transfer Outcomes|
|Student Body Diversity|
|Retention/Persistence, Credit Students|
|Schedule a Tour|
|Cost of Attendance|
|Tuition and Fees|
|Net Price Calculator|
|Billing and Payment Options|
|Transferring of College Credits to SMC|
Modifying Registration/Adding and Dropping Classes
Once students have initially registered for classes, they may modify their schedule by choosing additional classes or dropping classes they have already registered for. The college catalog provides important deadline dates for dropping and adding classes. In order to withdraw from classes after the term has begun and the last date to drop classes has passed, students must complete a Course Withdrawal Form in the Student Service Center or Career Planning Center. No refund of tuition and fees will be received for a course withdrawal, and a grade of “W” will be issued on the student’s academic transcript. Note: Students who simply stop attending class without an official withdrawal transaction may receive a failing grade which cannot be removed from their transcript.
Tuition is charged to provide instructional services and, as such, refunds must be limited once those services have begun. Registration fees are used to establish the initial schedule, process student registration papers and complete the withdrawal process. Technology fees are used to partially defray the costs of providing academic and administrative computing services and resources. Both are refundable following the tuition refund policy. Special fees are listed in the college schedule each semester where they are explained and notations indicate under what circumstances they are or are not refundable.
A complete listing of required supplies and equipment with costs by course is available in the college Bookstore and on the Bookstore's website.
Tuition/fees are refunded during the drop period as indicated on the Important Dates page listed in the yearly Class Offerings bulletin and online. Refunds are based upon a calendar day calculation with calendar day defined as the days of the week including Saturday, Sunday and holidays. For refund purposes, the start date of an individual course is the first scheduled class meeting.
It is vital to understand that a student is considered enrolled in a class UNTIL they have dropped their class. Consequentially a student is financially liable for the tuition/fees associated with a registered class until it is officially dropped. Non-attendance is NOT considered as official notice of dropping a class and does not constitute the basis for a refund.
General Refund Policies Effective July 1, 2006
Examples of extenuating circumstances may include: severe illness or medical emergency; death of immediate family member; U.S. military active duty or induction.
For access to the complete policy and the Request for Exception for a Late Refund or a Late Withdrawal visit the Records section of the Student Quick Links channel on the My Resources tab in SMC Wired.
|Southwestern Michigan College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The Commission may be found at 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, Illinois 60602-2504. They may be reached by telephone at (800) 621-7440.
Southwestern Michigan College is also a member of the American Association of Community Colleges.
|Accreditation & Our Mission|
|Services for Disabled Students|
|Disability Services for High School and College|
|Campus Safety and Security|
|Annual Security & Fire Safety Report-Dowagiac Campus|
|Annual Security & Fire Safety Report-Niles Campus|
|Section II. Financial Aid Information|
|Financial Aid Information|
|Financial Aid Requirements|
|Overview of Financial Aid Programs|
|Michigan Competitive Scholarship|
|Federal Direct Loan including Federal Stafford Loan Program annual limits|
|Federal Direct PLUS Loan|
|Private Alternative Education Loan including Preferred Lender List|
|Terms of Student Loans|
|Code of Conduct for Education Loans|
|Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy|
|Return of Title IV funds|
|Section III. More Rights and Responsibilities|
|Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)|
|The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights related to their educational records.|
|Mail-In Voter Registration Form|
|Copyright Infringement Policies and Sanctions|
|Agreement of Guidelines for Classroom Copying in Not-For-Profit Educational Institutions|
|Acceptable Use Policy|
|The Relationship between the Student and SMC|
Southwestern Michigan College is committed to the highest standards of academic and ethical integrity. All members of our academic community are encouraged to promote and value an ethic of common respect and civility. SMC defines civility as the demonstration of respect for others, basic courtesy, reciprocity (treating others as we wish to be treated) and behaviors that create a positive environment in which to learn and to work.
Membership in any community is enhanced by a concern for the common good for all who belong to that community. Each individual may possess different ideas as well as different ways of communicating those ideas, particularly in a community as varied and diverse as a college. Because of these differences, respect and civility are integral to maintaining the quality of the academic environment and free inquiry. Respect and civility should, therefore, be afforded to all individuals regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, religion, family status, socioeconomic level, educational background, veteran status, or position at the college.
|Student Code of Conduct|
The Student Code of Conduct describes the rules and expectations established by the College for student conduct. The due process system defines the procedures to be used in cases of student violations of the Code of Student Conduct. It provides a system for the appeal of sanctions/decisions imposed by the College and for resolution of issues.
Please refer to the Student Code of Conduct for further information on Academic and Behavioral Conduct, including cheating, disruptive behavior, discrimination, harassment, drug and alcohol violations, and non-compliance.
|Web Accessibility Policy|
|Web Accessibility Complaint Form|