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Academic Programs: Student Right to Know

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Student Right to Know

  1. General Institutional Information
  2. Notice of Availability of Institutional and Financial Aid Information
  3. Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
  4. Services for Disabled Students
  5. Student Profile
    a. Admissions
    b. Enrollment
  6. Costs of Attending Graduate School USA
  7. Net Price Calculator
  8. Refund Policy
  9. Textbook Information
  10. Descriptions of Academic Programs (Educational Program)
  11. Faculty
  12. Instructional Facilities
  13. Transfer of Credit Policies
  14. Accreditation Information
  15. Copyright Infringement Policies and Sanctions
  16. Student Activities
  17. Career and Job Placement Services
  18. Satisfactory Academic Progress
  19. Academic Evaluation and Grades
  20. Withdrawal Procedures
  21. Health and Safety
  22. Student Outcomes
    a. Retention
    b. Completion/Graduation
    c. Transfer rates
    d. Job placement

1) General Institutional Information

Institution Name Graduate School USA
Address 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W.,
Washington, DC 20024-2520
Telephone (202) 314-3320
Fax (866) FAX-GRAD; (866) 329-4723
Website graduateschool.edu
Control Private
Carnegie Classification N/A
Affiliation Private
Calendar Fiscal Year for Training Programs
Semester for Academic Programs
Degree Granting Authority Effective November 2012, Graduate School USA is a Candidate for Accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (267) 284-5000.

Upon approval of Candidacy by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, the Graduate School USA voluntarily withdrew its accreditation from the Council on Occupational Education.

D.C. Education Licensure Commission Graduate School USA is licensed by the D.C. Education Licensure Commission.
Licensed to Operate in Washington, D.C
Degrees/certificates offered
  • Certificate/Diploma
  • Associate's
  • Bachelor's
  • Master's
  • Doctor’s-Professional Practice
  • Doctor’s-Research/Scholarship
  • Doctor’s-Other
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • No
  • No
  • No
  • No
  • No

2) Notice of Availability of Institutional and Financial Aid Information

Graduate School USA currently participates in the following Federal Student Financial Aid Programs: Federal Pell Grant (PELL) Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Federal Work-Study (FWS), and Federal Direct Student Loans (Direct Loans).

For more information on financial aid and scholarships please contact:
Graduate School USA
Office of Financial Aid
600 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20024-2520
(202) 314-3648
finaid@graduateschool.edu

3) Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

The Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) establishes the rules and regulations regarding access to and disclosure of student records. To fulfill FERPA requirements, the school has established a Student Rights and Student Records policy. This policy outlines a student's rights regarding his/her records, where records about the student may be kept and maintained, what kinds of information are in those records, the conditions under which the student or anyone else may have access to information in those records, and what action a student can take if it is believed that the information in his/her record is inaccurate or that the student's rights have been compromised. For additional information, contact the Registrar’s Office at registrar@graduateschool.edu or refer to the Academic Programs Division catalog.

4) Services for Disabled Students

For information on programs and services for disabled students, please visit the Academic Programs Division Disability Services page.

5) Student Profile

a.) Admissions CHART
b.) Enrollment CHART

6) Costs of Attending Graduate School USA

Actual tuition and fee charges can be found in the Academic Programs Division catalog or by contacting:
Graduate School USA
Office of the Registrar
600 Maryland Avenue SW, Suite 180
Washington, DC 20024
registrar@graduateschool.edu
Telephone: (202) 314-3314
Fax: (202) 479-2501

7) Net Price Calculator

The Net Price Calculator’s data for the 2014-2015 fiscal year is based upon the student aid eligibility for the 2012-2013 fiscal year. Graduate School USA was not granted approval by the Department of Education to participate in Federal Financial Student Aid Programs until January 2014, therefore there is no data to report for the first-time, full-time undergraduate’s profile for the institution at this time.

Cost of Attendance Worksheet 2015-2016

8) Refund Policy

The institution has a Tuition Refund Policy that stipulates the amount of tuition and fees that are refunded to a student who withdraws from all classes during a term. This policy is published in the Academic Programs Division catalog.

9) Textbook Information

Students purchasing their textbooks through the Graduate School may do so through the Online Bookstore.

10) Descriptions of Academic Programs (Educational Program)

Information about Graduate School USA’s academic programs and degree offerings is available online. See the Academic Programs Division catalog for more information.

11) Faculty

Graduate School USA employs highly qualified faculty for its academic programs. The Academic Programs Division currently has five full-time faculty teaching in its degree and certificate programs.

12) Instructional Facilities

Headquarters and classrooms for Graduate School USA are located at 600 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024; (888) 744-4723. Underground parking is available for a fee to the general public on a space-available basis. Metrobus, Metrorail, and Virginia Railway Express access are conveniently located immediately outside the complex.

The Capital Gallery facilities house classrooms, computer laboratories, science laboratories, student lounges, and Student Support Services. The GS Connection, an Internet center, is open to currently enrolled students to provide them with Internet access and office resources to support their educational, personal, and business needs. The center is equipped with computers, printer, copier, and Internet access ports for personal laptops.

13) Transfer of Credit Policies

Please see the Academic Programs Division catalog.

14) Accreditation

Middle States Commission on Higher Education
Effective November 2012, Graduate School USA is a Candidate for Accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (267) 284-5000.

Upon approval of Candidacy by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, the Graduate School USA voluntarily withdrew its accreditation from the Council on Occupational Education.

D.C. Education Licensure Commission
Graduate School USA is licensed by the D.C. Education Licensure Commission.

It is the intent of Graduate School USA that all members of the School community adhere to the provisions of the United States Copyright Law. Since copyright protection applies to a variety of creative works — printed materials, sound recordings, video recordings, visual artworks, computer software, and others — this policy has been constructed to address issues related to particular types of media. The policy gives the School community broad guidance in the application of copyright law; members of the School community are encouraged to read the law for specific applications. Members of the School community who willfully disregard the copyright policy and copyright law do so at their own risk, assume all liability, and are subject to disciplinary action.

For detailed information on the policy and sanctions please see the Academic Programs Division catalog.

16) Student Activities

There are currently no student activities.

17) Career Planning and Placement Services

Career planning provides students with an advantage over those who choose not to take charge of their careers. The Office of Career Services assists students throughout the process of preparing and searching for employment by providing students with the necessary tools to make their job search more productive.

For more information on career and job placement services please contact:

Graduate School USA
Office of Career Services
600 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20024-2520
Email: careerservices@graduateschool.edu
Phone: (202) 314-3657

18) Satisfactory Academic Progress

This is the term used to denote a student's successful completion of course work toward a certificate or degree. Students must maintain specific academic progress requirements to remain in programs. Students are considered to be in good academic standing when they have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher. More information about Satisfactory Academic Progress can be obtained from the Academic Programs Student Handbook 2015-2016.

19) Academic Evaluation and Grades

Approximately one week after the end of each term, grade reports are mailed to students who have met their financial obligations to the School. The following grading system is used:

A = Excellent
B = Good
C = Satisfactory
D = Poor
P = Pass
F = Fail

More detailed information is published in the Academic Programs Division catalog.

20) Withdrawal Procedures

Students who are withdrawing from all classes at the school must notify the Registrar's Office by following specific withdrawal procedures. For more information, contact the Office of the Registrar. The policy is published in the Academic Programs Division catalog.

21) Health and Safety

For information on crime statistics at Graduate School USA, please see the Area Crime Statistics Maps on our Public Safety page.

Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program

For referral services and resources please contact Office of Student Support Services at (202) 314-3657.

Vaccination Policies

District of Columbia Law 3-20 requires all students under the age of 26 years to submit proof of immunization. For additional information concerning these requirements, please refer to the District of Columbia Government Department of Health.

Campus Security

The School occupies 86,000 square feet in the Capital Gallery office complex. The facility employs a state of-the-art climate control system, life safety system, and security access control and surveillance system. The entire complex is monitored by security guard staff 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. In the event of an emergency (such as an accident, illness, violence, etc.), employees, faculty, and students shall report immediately in the following order:

Local Police Department – 911
Building Security (Boston Properties) – (202) 484-3780
Graduate School USA Facilities Department – (202) 314-3367

22. Student Outcomes

Retention Rate: The 2010-11 academic was the first year in which academic degree programs were offered at Graduate School USA. The retention rate for the Graduate School USA is 50%. This represents students who enrolled in the institution in fall 2010 and returned in the spring of 2011. As the institution continues to grow, retention rates will be reported for fall to the following spring semester, spring to the next fall semester and fall to fall semester as well.

Completion/Graduation Rates: Graduate School USA began academic degree and certificate offerings in fall 2010. For full- or part-time degree seeking students, no students have completed yet. The school therefore is unable to report a graduation rate. For full or part-time certificate seeking students, the graduation rate is 66.7% within 150% of the normal time for graduation.

Transfer-out Rates: There are no transfer-out rates to report at this time.

Job Placement for Graduates: Graduate School USA is in the process of implementing a job placement tracking system and will report job placement rates as soon as the first round of employment data is collected.