Consumer Information

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.
Academic Programs
  Bachelor’s Degrees
  Continuing Education
  Online Learning/Hybrid
  Work-Based Learning/Internships
  Gainful Employment
  Graduation Rates
  Student Body Diversity
Instructional Facilities
  Course Locations
  Schedule a Tour
Instructional Personnel
  Class Schedule
Cost of Attendance
  Tuition and Fees
  Net Price Calculator
  Book Costs
  Billing and Payment Options
Transferring of College Credits to SMC
  Transfer Advising
  Articulation Agreement
Withdrawal Policy
  Modifying Registration
  Refund Policy
Accreditation Information
  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
  Special Populations
  Disability Services for High School and College
Campus Safety and Security
  On-Campus 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
    SMC Scholarships
    Private Scholarships
    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) afford 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.