[ARCHIVED CATALOG] 2011-2012 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
    
    Mar 01, 2021  
[ARCHIVED CATALOG] 2011-2012 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Admission Procedures for the Division of Continuing Education and Student Services



Applicants with less than 12 credit hours of earned undergraduate post-secondary education who wish to qualify for admission as a fully matriculated, degree-seeking student at a Continuing Education Center must submit an application package including a completed application form and one of the following:

First time in college (FTIC) applicant 22 years of age and older must submit one of the following by the application deadline:

  • A notarized copy of a secondary school diploma
  • An official secondary school transcript
  • An official GED score report

FTIC applicant under the age of 22 must submit one of the following by the application deadline:

  • A notarized copy of a secondary school diploma
  • An official secondary school transcript
  • An official GED score report

In addition, an applicant in this category must submit the following:

  • An official ACT/SAT score report (usually found on official high school transcripts)
  • A letter of recommendation
  • A graded essay or a letter describing the circumstances associated with wanting to attend a Continuing Education Center

FTIC applicant on military active duty or reservist must submit the following by the application deadline:

  • A DD-214 and/or an official military training transcript

FTIC students who complete the application form but fail to submit all supporting documentation prior to the application deadline for a given term may be admitted as a nondegree-seeking student pending receipt of all required documentation. Non-degree-seeking students are not eligible for financial aid and are limited to 18 credit hours with Saint Leo University.

Students transferring to a Continuing Education Center who have at least 12 credit hours of earned undergraduate post-secondary education may also qualify for admission as a fully matriculated, degree-seeking student in the absence of any of the documents required above. Applicants must submit an application package including the following:

  • a completed application form
  • official transcripts from all post-secondary education institutions attended showing at least 12 credit hours of post-secondary academic earned credit with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or above from regionally accredited two- or four-year post-secondary institutions.

Coursework qualifying as academic credit must be courses normally acceptable for admission as a matriculated transfer student and may not be vocational or remedial in nature. No experiential learning, including time-in-grade, time-in-service credit, or other certificate or training programs, will meet the standard of qualification for unconditional admission, high school or GED requirements, or for transfer credit unless such work is recognized in the American Council of Education (ACE) Guidebook.

Transfer students who complete the application form but fail to submit all supporting documentation prior to the application deadline for a given term may be admitted as a non-degree-seeking student pending receipt of all required documentation. Nondegree-seeking students are not eligible for financial aid and are limited to 18 credit hours with Saint Leo University.

Conditional admission to the University also may be granted at the discretion of the Center Director. Conditional admission may be made if the prospective student does not qualify for admission by meeting the usual requirements but, in the opinion of the admission counselor or the Center Director, has qualifications that lead to the belief that academic success is a reasonable expectation. Conditionally admitted students will be considered for full admissions status upon the completion of 18 credit hours of undergraduate, non-remedial courses at Saint Leo University within two academic years. If the student has maintained a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.0 (GPA) and has no grades below a D, that student will meet the conditions for full admissions and will be allowed continued enrollment in the University.

If an applicant meets none of the criteria for admission, he or she may enroll in courses as a non-degree-seeking student. Upon completion of 18 credit hours of nonremedial coursework with Saint Leo University, the applicant may reapply for admission to the University.

Continuing Education Centers enroll a limited number of students who wish to take selected courses for credit but who do not want to study for a degree. These students must complete an application and indicate that they are not degree seeking. Non-degree-seeking students are limited to 18 credit hours with Saint Leo University.

Veterans eligible for Veterans Administration (VA) educational training benefits must be in a degree-seeking status in order to qualify for VA benefits. Admission requirements may also be imposed by providers of financial aid or military tuition assistance.

Specific degree programs offered at Continuing Education Centers may require SAT or ACT scores. The military, Veterans Administration, or state approving agency regulations may limit enrollment at specific Centers. Subject to local restrictions, individuals who may enroll in the University through the Continuing Education Centers at military bases include active and retired military members, military Reserve and National Guard members, veterans separated from military service, military family members, civilian employees of the military installation, and other civilians residing in the locale.

The University will not enroll or admit to the Continuing Education Centers located on military bases foreign nationals unless they are U.S. citizens, are active-duty military members, or have permanent resident status. Foreign nationals may apply for admission to all other Continuing Education Centers and must meet with an admission advisor for information regarding immigration and admission requirements (see the admission requirements for international students ).

Admission Procedure

Individuals interested in applying for degree-seeking status should inquire at the local Saint Leo University Continuing Education Center office or by applying online for the appropriate Center at www.saintleo.edu. A qualified applicant will be considered to be matriculated (classified as degree seeking) when the following materials are submitted and approved by the Center Director or designee:

  1. Completed application form.
  2. Application fee (nonrefundable).
  3. Documentation of high school or GED completion. For transfer students, this may be documented by the transcript of the previously attended university.
  4. Official transcripts from all previously attended colleges/universities.
  5. Other transfer credits can be granted with the receipt of all appropriate documents, including:

Documentation to support the granting of university credit from such sources as:

  • CLEP, DANTES, GED college-level examinations, USAFI examinations, or advance placement (AP) examinations.
  • Documentation for evaluation of nontraditional transfer credit (including military training on a U.S. Army-AARTS transcript, a validated DD Form 295, Navy-Marine Corps SMART document, or Community College of the Air Force CCAF Transcript).
  • Other relevant documentation as needed (veterans/retirees should include a DD Form 214 and DD 2586).
  • Licensure documentation to support the granting of University credit for some occupational courses. University credit is available to members of the military services upon presentation of proof of completion of service-related courses and/or training schools and to law enforcement officers who have completed coursework in the FBI National Academy, local law enforcement academies or other training, police institute, and certified polygraph schools. Verification of coursework is obligatory in order to obtain credit. Nontraditional sources of credit have specific limits (see Nontraditional Transfer Credit ).
  • For elementary education majors: achievement of current State of Florida requirements.

Continuing Education Center students will receive a formal evaluation of transfer credit after the complete application package has been received by the Center. Appeals concerning transfer credit must be made through the Center.

Distance Learning

Saint Leo offers Internet-based courses through Distance Learning (DL). DL provides Continuing Education Center students who have already matriculated at a Continuing Education Center with a convenient opportunity to supplement the courses they take in traditional on-ground classrooms with Internet-based courses. DL courses are offered through a student's Center and must be taken in conjunction with on-ground courses. A Continuing Education student is permitted to take up to two DL courses in a given term. A Continuing Education student may take three DL courses in a given term only by exception, with the permission of the Center Director, and if the student's GPA is 3.0 or higher.

Students interested in earning their degree completely online should contact the Center for Online Learning (COL) at 888/875-8265. (See the Admission to the Center for Online Learning  for additional information on COL.)

Financial Assistance

Financial aid is awarded to students admitted to a degree program. Admitted students must be enrolled at least half time in a degree program to receive any financial aid. Enrollment in courses does not constitute admission to the University. Please refer to refer to www.saintleo.edu/finaid for full financial aid information.

To receive a financial aid application, we recommend that students complete the required Free Application for Federal Student Aid online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Students may also contact the Saint Leo Financial Aid Support Center at (800) 240-7658 or email finaid@saintleo.edu.

Registration, Drop/Add, and Withdrawal Policies

Each Continuing Education Center publishes a schedule specifying course offerings, locations, regulations, and time periods of registration. Students should register for selected courses at their Continuing Education Center, with the exception of locations offering multi-site registration. Consult the local Continuing Education Center for details. This information is also published on Saint Leo University's website (www.saintleo.edu).

The University reserves the right to cancel a course for which there are insufficient enrollments. Students will be notified via e-mail or telephone, and any tuition and fees paid for a course that has been canceled will be refunded if the student does not register in a replacement course.

The drop/add period for changing course registrations is published within the Continuing Education Center's course registration material for each term. Attendance is taken during the add/drop period in every course offered in every location at Saint Leo University. Attendance is taken for the purpose of establishing a student's enrollment in a specific course so that Title IV funds may be disbursed to the student. No Title IV funds are given to a student who has not attended class during the add/drop period. Students who do not attend at least one meeting of the course during the add/drop period will have their registration for that course canceled and the record of their registration in that course deleted. A deleted record due to a student's failure to attend the class during the add/drop period may have an adverse effect on the student's financial aid.

Students who find it necessary to withdraw from any courses must contact their Continuing Education Center office to obtain academic withdrawal with a grade of W.

Any student who stops attending any course for which he or she is registered without following the appropriate withdrawal procedures will be counted as an unofficial withdrawal. As a result of unofficially withdrawing, he or she will receive a grade of FA—Failure Due to Absences. The Office of Student Financial Services will reduce the student's aid eligibility and refund a portion of the student's financial aid to the original funding source. The midpoint of the enrollment period will be used for the purpose of calculating the return of Title IV funds. The student will be responsible for repayment of all outstanding loans to any lender and will be responsible for payment of the tuition and fees associated with the course. A student who earns an FA grade earns no credit, and the FA is counted in the same manner as an F grade on the student's grade report.

Saint Leo University does not recognize an unofficial withdrawal for purposes of determining an institutional refund or a change of grade to W—Withdrawn. If it is determined that the student did not begin the withdrawal process or otherwise notify the school of the intent to withdraw due to illness, accident, deployment, or other circumstances beyond the student's control, the school will determine a withdrawal date from its consideration of the circumstances.

Students who fall below full-time status, as defined by their degree program and course of study, will be considered part time and may cause the financial aid status to be reexamined. Failure to attend class or merely giving notice to a faculty member will not be regarded as an official notice of withdrawal. Failure to properly withdraw will result in a grade of F. Deadlines for withdrawal from courses are reflected on the published schedule. Course withdrawal does not cancel any student indebtedness to the University.

Saint Leo University reserves the right to cancel the registration of any student who fails to conform to the rules and regulations of the University.

Financial Information

Division of Continuing Education and Student Services Centers located at Gainesville Center, Lake City Center, North-East Florida Center, Ocala Center, Gwinnett Office, Marietta Office, Morrow Office, Savannah Center, Weekend/Evening, and all offices associated with these Centers:

Tuition and Fees

Tuition (per credit hour) $253
Tuition (Weekend/Evening program per credit hour) $253
Tuition (per credit hour)—Savannah Center $253
Tuition (per credit hour)—Marietta Office $218
Tuition (per credit hour)—Morrow Office $218
Tuition (per credit hour)—Gwinnett Office $218
Internet Course Access Fee $120
Application Fee $40
International Student Application $40
International Credential Evaluation $230
Certificate Fee $60
Graduation Fee—A.A. $55
Graduation Fee—B.A., B.S. $105
Replacement Diploma $30
Official Transcript Fee $7
Rush or Overnight Transcript Fee $32
I.D. Card Replacement $25
Parking Decal (as required by host institution) $30
Capstone Course Assessment Fee $50-$175*

*Varies by capstone course.

Other course fees may be charged based on Center facilities. Students should consult the course schedule published each term.

Enrolled students may, with the permission of their academic advisor, take courses offered at University College or the Center for Online Learning. When they do, the percredit-hour charge associated with the course location will apply.

Division of Continuing Education and Student Services Centers located at Fort Eustis Center, Fort Lee Center, Naval Air Station Atlanta Office, Key West Center, Langley Center, MacDill Center, Mayport Office, Shaw Center, South Hampton Roads Center, and all offices associated with these Centers:

Tuition and Fees

Tuition (per credit hour) as of Fall 1 Term $199
Admission/Evaluation Fee (nonrefundable)
(includes Formal Evaluation and Program Outline)
$40
International Credential Evaluation $230
Certificate Fee $60
Graduation Fee—A.A. $55
Graduation Fee—B.A., B.S. $55
Replacement Diploma $30
Transcripts (per copy) $7
Rush and Overnight Transcript Fee $32
Capstone Course Assessment Fee $50-$175*

*Varies by capstone course.

Other course fees may be charged based on Center facilities. Students should consult the course schedule published each term.

Enrolled students may, with the permission of their academic advisor, take courses offered at University College or the Center for Online Learning. When they do, the percredit-hour charge associated with the course location will apply.

Method of Payment

All students must pay their tuition and fees in full at the time of registration. The following payment methods may be used:

  1. Checks or credit cards are accepted at the Continuing Education Center or the University Campus. Do not mail cash. Payments may also be made via eLion through the University's website. Payment may also be made via Student Financial Services Call Center at 800/240-7658.
  2. Financial aid grants or loans administered by Saint Leo University.
  3. Financial assistance from an outside third-party source. To receive credit for this form of aid, students should present written documentation at the time of registration of the amount of the award and the manner in which it is to be paid.
  4. Students may also use the Saint Leo University deferred payment plan. Payment plan enrollment is available for the current semester only. Students can enroll in the payment plan via their eLion account under Financial Information. Enrollment is required each semester, and a $35 non-refundable fee applies for each plan. All tuition and fees for the semester must be paid in full before registration for the next semester will be accepted. The deferred payment plan is subject to late fees, as noted below.

Late Fees

Unpaid balances are subject to a late fee of 1% monthly (12% annually).

Past-Due Accounts

When a student leaves the University owing money, his or her receivable balance is placed in collection status. These accounts may be assigned to an external collection agency after 90 days past due. Students are responsible for all late fees, collection agency costs, and attorney’s fees imposed on delinquent accounts. Transcripts and diplomas will not be released until the account balance is zero.

Refunds of Tuition and Course Fees

Refunds for Saint Leo University students who withdraw before 25 percent of the term/semester has been completed shall be calculated on a pro rata basis as defined by federal regulations. Information concerning the treatment of Title IV financial aid during the withdrawal process is located at www.saintleo.edu/finaid.

Refunds of tuition for withdrawal from courses are given according to the following schedule. Note that if you are enrolled at a Saint Leo University Continuing Education Center and/or online program in Georgia, South Carolina, and/or Virginia, please proceed to the applicable schedule.

Tuition:

100% tuition refund if course withdrawal occurs by the end of the add/drop period.

75% tuition refund if course withdrawal occurs after add/drop and before the end of week two.

No refund for any course with withdrawal after the end of week two.*

*Policy does not apply to students enrolled at a Saint Leo University Continuing Education Center and/or online programs in Georgia, South Carolina, and Virginia.

Laboratory and special course fees are 100-percent refundable if withdrawal occurs before the end of the drop/add period. After classes begin, laboratory and special course fees are nonrefundable.

Refunds due students who have credit balances in their tuition account will automatically be issued within 14 days. Appeals regarding refunds shall be submitted in writing to the Office of Student Financial Services, MC 2097, Saint Leo University, P.O. Box 6665, Saint Leo, FL 33574-6665.

Refunds of Tuition and Course Fees (Georgia and Virginia)

Refund policy for students enrolled in courses at Saint Leo University Continuing Education Centers and/or online programs in Georgia or Virginia.

Refunds of tuition for withdrawal from courses are given on the following schedule:

Tuition:

100% tuition refund if course withdrawal occurs by the end of the add/drop period.

75% tuition refund if course withdrawal occurs after add/drop and before the end of week two.

50% tuition refund if course withdrawal occurs after the end of week two and before the end of week four.

No refund for any course with withdrawal after the end of week four.

Laboratory and special course fees are 100-percent refundable if withdrawal occurs before the end of the drop/add period. After classes begin, laboratory and special course fees are nonrefundable.

Refunds due students who have credit balances in their tuition account will automatically be issued within 14 days. Appeals regarding refunds shall be submitted in writing to the Office of Student Financial Services, MC 2097, Saint Leo University, P.O. Box 6665, Saint Leo, FL 33574-6665.

Refunds of Tuition and Course Fees (South Carolina)

Refund policy for students enrolled in courses at Saint Leo University Continuing Education Centers and/or online programs in South Carolina.

Refunds of tuition for withdrawal from courses are given on the following schedule:

Tuition:

100% tuition refund if course withdrawal occurs by the end of the add/drop period.

75% tuition refund if course withdrawal occurs after add/drop and before the end of week two.

62% tuition refund if course withdrawal occurs after the end of week two and before the end of week three.

50% tuition refund if course withdrawal occurs after the end of week three and before the end of week four.

40% tuition refund if course withdrawal occurs after the end of week four and before the end of week 5.

No refund for any course with withdrawal after the end of week five.

Laboratory and special course fees are 100-percent refundable if withdrawal occurs before the end of the drop/add period. After classes begin, laboratory and special course fees are nonrefundable.

Refunds due students who have credit balances in their tuition account will automatically be issued within 14 days. Appeals regarding refunds shall be submitted in writing to the Office of Student Financial Services, MC 2097, Saint Leo University, P.O. Box 6665, Saint Leo, FL 33574-6665.

Financial Responsibility

The University will not release transcripts, diplomas, certificates of attendance, or certain other official documents if a student has financial indebtedness. The balance on the student account must be zero for the student to be permitted the privilege of participating in Commencement and Baccalaureate exercises.

If a student leaves the University with an unpaid balance, the University will have no other choice but to hold the student responsible for any legal and/or collection fees incurred by the University in collecting the unpaid balance.

By enrolling in and attending University courses, students acknowledge and agree that they are responsible for all charges incurred as a result of their matriculation and enrollment in the University. This includes late charges, collection agency costs, and attorney's fees imposed on delinquent student accounts. In many instances, some of the charges may be settled by a student's sponsor, employer, or other interested party; however, the student is ultimately responsible for his or her account.