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Guide to Student Consumer Information

This page contains several types of information related to life at Georgia Highlands College (GHC). We hope this one-stop shop can answer questions and provide guidance for all who are interested in learning more about the college. Each area of information provides websites where you can find more details.


I. General Institutional Information

Institutional and Program Accreditation, Approval, or Licensure -- GHC is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (SACS) to award associate degrees.



State Authorization for Distance Learning and Complaint Process for Distance Students



Student Body Diversity -- GHC's Student Achievement Data web site provides demographic and academic information as well as links to the GHC Fact Book.



Privacy of Student Records - Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) -- FERPA affords students certain rights with respect to their education records.



Office of Admissions/Admission Requirements -- discover the steps and requirements to become a GHC student



Admissions Deadlines -- what is the deadline to apply?



Student Activities -- when I become a student, what activities are there for me?

http://www2.highlands.edu/site/student-life (Must click links on the left of the screen for the different OSL areas/student activities.)


Consumer Information on College Navigator Website



Facilities and Services Available to Students with Disabilities -- GHC provides services for students with disabilities through the Office of Student Support Services. Disability Support Counselors are available at each campus.



Price of Attendance -- tuition and fees are subject to change each academic year. Please see this link for the most recent schedule of tuition and fees.



University System of Georgia Board of Regents Policy on Tuition and Fees



Net Price Calculator -- use this tool to estimate your cost of attendance at GHC



Student Financial Aid Information for GHC Found on College Navigator



Refund Policy and Requirements for Withdrawals and for the Return of Federal Financial Aid Funds

Steps to Withdraw and Refund Information from the Registrar: http://www2.highlands.edu/site/registrar-steps-to-withdraw

Requirement for the Return of Federal Financial Aid Funds upon Complete Withdrawal:


Business Office Refund Schedule: http://www2.highlands.edu/site/business-office-refund-schedule

Financial Aid Refund Flow Chart: http://www2.highlands.edu/inc/files/userfiles/22-9645906aa5d5f1e-bop.pdf


Textbook Information

General Bookstore link: http://www.bkstr.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/StoreCatalogDisplay?catalogId=10001&langId=-1&demoKey=d&storeId=173904

Textbook lookup:  http://www.bkstr.com/CategoryDisplay/10001-9604-173904-1?demoKey=d


Academic Program (Educational Programs, Instructional Facilities, and Faculty)

Degrees Offered: http://www2.highlands.edu/site/admissions-degrees-offered

Facilities: http://www2.highlands.edu/site/locations-and-campus-maps

Faculty: http://www2.highlands.edu/site/index.php?ghc=directory&alpha=5

GHC Catalog: http://www2.highlands.edu/site/college-catalog


Transfer of Credit Policies and Articulation Agreements -- find information here for the most efficient ways to transfer to a four-year institution.



Copyright Infringement Policies and Sanctions (Including Computer Use and File Sharing)

Copyright Policies (Library): http://www2.highlands.edu/site/library-policies-copyright

Computer Policies (Information Technology): http://www2.highlands.edu/site/is-policies


II. Availability of Institutional and Financial Aid Information

Notice of Availability of Institutional and Financial Aid Information -- discover the types of Financial Aid available at GHC



Contact Information for Assistance in Obtaining Institutional or Financial Aid Information



III. Student Financial Assistance

Student Financial Aid Information -- find out the basics on how Financial Aid works at GHC, including how to check your Financial Aid status.




Notice of Federal Student Financial Aid Penalties for Drug Law Violations

FAFSA list of eligibility requirements: https://fafsa.ed.gov/help/fftoc03a.htm

FAQ on how drug law violations can affect eligilbility: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/eligibility/criminal-convictions#drug-convictions

GHC General Eligibility: https://www2.highlands.edu/site/financial-aid-faq


IV. Teacher Preparation Program

Teacher Preparation Program Report -- each year the college reports information regarding Teacher Preparation to the state, which submits the information to the US Department of Education. State by state information is available in the compiled report made available by the US Department of Education.



V. Health and Safety

Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program



Vaccinations Policies



Security Report (Including Emergency Response and Evacuation Procedures), Timely Warnings, and Crime Log

Emergency Response Guide: http://www2.highlands.edu/site/campus-safety-emergency-response-guide

Timely Warnings: https://www2.highlands.edu/site/connect/update_text.php

Crime Log: http://www2.highlands.edu/site/campus-safety-crime-statistics


Fire Safety Report



VI. Student Outcomes

Retention, Graduation and Transfer Rates --  a searchable database provided by the University System of Georgia (USG) exists to help interested parties research enrollment, retention and graduation at any USG institution. The GHC Fact Book provides data related to these areas, plus transfer and more.

USG by the Numbers: http://www.info.usg.edu/

Student Achievement Data (includes links to GHC Fact Book): http://www2.highlands.edu/site/spaa-student-achievement-data

Student Learning Outcomes -- GHC has a long tradition of assessing student learning as well as the administrative functions of the college. The Office of Strategic Planning, Assessment and Accreditation's website on Assessment provides many details of how the GHC system works.



VII. Intercollegiate Athletic Program

GHC Athletics



VIII. Voter Registration

Voter Registration Facility



IX. Disclosure Requirements Relating to Education Loans

State Grant Assistance -- GHC supports several federal and state grant programs for students



Student Loan Information Published by Department of Education



National Student Loan Data System



Entrance Counseling for Student Borrowers



Exit Counseling for Student Borrowers

GHC page has instructions and a link to complete the process: http://www2.highlands.edu/site/financial-aid-loans



Private Education Loan Disclosures (Including Self-Certification Form)

Students do not self-certify here. GHC certifies the student with partnership with Sallie Mae


Code of Conduct for Education Loans



Preferred Lender Lists

GHC only accepts private loans from one company: Sallie Mae.



Preferred Lender Arrangements


Page last updated: August 5, 2016