Consumer Information

Student Consumer Information

The Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA), as amended by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA), requires Metropolitan Community College (MCC) to disclose information to potential and currently enrolled students and prospective and current employees. This site provides a single access point for required disclosures regarding (but not limited to) general statistics about the institution, financial assistance (including loans), athletic participation, campus security, student rights and responsibilities, and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act at MCC. Additionally, this information is provided to avoid any and all misrepresentation of our educational programs, financial charges and employability of our graduates.

Please review all the contents below for complete and transparent disclosure about our institution.

MCC will inform its students and staff of this information at least one time per year by sending an email announcement to each student and staff via the MCC-issued email account.

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Academic Programs

Information concerning MCC’s current educational programs and course descriptions is available at
http://mcckc.edu/catalog/Catalog1213.pdf,
http://mcckc.edu/progs/info/forms/courses.asp

This includes information about instructional, laboratory, and other physical facilities that relate to the academic programs, as well as faculty and other instructional personnel. Plans for reviewing academic functions of a department, school, or interdisciplinary program to include MCC accountability indicators are available at:
http://web.mcckc.edu/asp/infoex/prp/files/620070BP.pdf
http://web.mcckc.edu/asp/infoex/prp/files/620070DR.pdf

MCC’s plan for the assessment of student academic achievement is located at:
http://mcckc.edu/services/assessmentoffice/assessmentplanorg/introduction.asp

Approved articulation agreements are available for reference at
http://mcckc.edu/getstarted/testandadvise/advising/transferhelp.asp

The policies and procedures related to academic governance may be accessed at
http://web.mcckc.edu/asp/infoex/prp/prpFind.asp.

Information related to transferring credit from a previous institution is available at
http://mcckc.edu/getstarted/testandadvise/advising/transferhelp.asp,
http://mcckc.edu/pdf/TestAdvise/TransferChecklist.pdf

Information on degrees and certificates awarded can be found on the Research Department website at:
http://mcckc.edu/pdf/researchDept/factbooks/MCCDeg.pdf. This data shows the degrees by degree type and major for multiple years. Totals are made available for academic years.

Accreditations

MCC is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission: http://www.ncahlc.org/?option=com_directory&Action=ShowBasic&instid=1435

Specific programs within MCC are individually accredited: http://mcckc.edu/progs/info/facts/list.asp

Campus Security Policies, Crime Statistics, and Crime Log

Information regarding public safety at MCC is provided in the annual Student Right to Know, Campus Security, and Compliance Report (http://mcckc.edu/explore/students/rightsandresponsibilities/rights.asp). The report includes crime statistics for the previous three years for specific categories of crimes reported to have occurred on campus or on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campuses. It also includes information about how to report crimes, MCC’s timely warning policy, emergency response and evacuation procedures, law enforcement authority, building access, security of campus facilities, education and awareness programs, the campus sexual assault policy, registered sex offenders information, relationship with local law enforcement, crime definitions, and MCC’s policy regarding alcohol and illegal drugs. Daily crime logs are maintained in the Public Safety Department offices at each campus and can be accessed by contacting the offices listed at http://mcckc.edu/services/mccalert/offices/locations.asp.

Copyright Infringement and Peer-to-Peer File Sharing Policies and Sanctions

MCC’s policy, regulation, and procedure on copyrighted materials can be found at the following sites:
http://web.mcckc.edu/asp/infoex/prp/files/225040BP.pdf
http://web.mcckc.edu/asp/infoex/prp/files/225040DR.pdf
http://web.mcckc.edu/asp/infoex/prp/files/225040DP.pdf

MCC’s policy and regulation on computer and computer technology usage are as follows:
http://web.mcckc.edu/asp/infoex/prp/files/225050BP.pdf
http://web.mcckc.edu/asp/infoex/prp/files/225050DR.pdf

MCC’s network and computer systems acceptable use policies and sanctions are available at:
http://web.mcckc.edu/asp/infoex/technology/MCCPolicy.pdf

Information on MCC’s peer-to-peer file sharing policies is located at:
http://web.mcckc.edu/asp/infoex/technology/securityguidelines.pdf

Cost of Attendance

Tuition and Fees

The most current information about tuition and fees is available at: http://mcckc.edu/getstarted/enroll/estimatecosts/tuitionfees.asp

MCC Cost Calculator

Use MCC's Cost Calculator to estimate costs and financial aid as an undergraduate student. http://mcckc.edu/getstarted/enroll/estimatecosts/calculator.htm

Net Price Calculator

The net price calculator is a tool for students and parents to use to get an estimate of what it may cost to attend MCC each year. http://mcckc.edu/getstarted/enroll/estimatecosts/calculator.htm

Other College Cost Resources

Information about average costs associated with attending Metropolitan Community College-Kansas City can be found at the U.S Department of Education National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator website:
http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?q=metropolitan+community+college&s=all&id=177995 or http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator

The U.S. Department of Education's College Affordability and Transparency Center contains information for students and parents about costs at America's colleges. The website has the College Scorecard which displays the typical student cost, graduation rate, loan default rate and median borrowing amount for each college. http://www.collegecost.ed.gov

Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Policies

The MCC Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Policies can be accessed at
http://web.mcckc.edu/asp/infoex/prp/files/330060BP.pdf and
http://web.mcckc.edu/asp/infoex/prp/files/330060DR.pdf.
The Student Right to Know, Campus Security, and Compliance Report (http://mcckc.edu/explore/students/rightsandresponsibilities/rights.asp) provides information about alcohol and other drug health risks, drug and alcohol laws and penalties, MCC sanctions for violation of drug and alcohol policies, and MCC resources. Additional information specifically addressing student conduct related to alcohol and other drugs can be found in the Code of Student Conduct at http://web.mcckc.edu/asp/infoex/prp/files/735010DR.pdf.

Federal Student Financial Aid Penalties for Drug Law Violations

Federal law provides that a student who has been convicted of an offense under any federal or state law involving the possession or sale of a controlled substance during a period of enrollment for which the student was receiving financial aid shall not be eligible to receive any federal or institutional grant, loan, or work assistance. Also, information about Drugfree Workplace, Campus and Community can be found here:
http://mcckc.edu/explore/students/rightsandresponsibilities/rights.asp

Financial Aid

The MCC website features a Get Started--Financial Aid section at
http://mcckc.edu/getstarted that includes information about the following:

  • need-based and non-need-based federal, state, private and institutional financial assistance programs available to students;
  • eligibility requirements and procedures for applying for aid;
  • documents, responsibilities and notifications involved in verification;
  • criteria for selecting recipients and determining amount of award;
  • financial aid terms and conditions, including terms applicable to employment provided as part of a financial aid package;
  • rights and responsibilities of students receiving Title IV loans;
  • how financial aid is handled when students withdraw; and
  • whom to contact for questions regarding financial aid.

 

Financial aid is generally disbursed to student accounts at the beginning of each semester. If aid is awarded for an academic year, the funds are split between semesters. Once aid has been awarded, details of how and when it will be disbursed is found by signing in to MCC's Student Center. http://my.mcckc.edu/

Federal notices concerning the terms and conditions of federal student loans, entrance and exit counseling information and drug violation penalties can be found in the U.S. Department of Education's publication Funding Education Beyond High School: http://studentaid.ed.gov/students/publications/student_guide/index.html

MCC’s Financial Aid Code of Conduct is available at:
http://web.mcckc.edu/asp/infoex/prp/files/225030DR.pdf

MCC is required to submit Title IV, HEA student financial aid information to the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) for all students and parents of students who borrow a loan at MCC. The data submitted to NSLDS will be accessible by guaranty agencies, lenders, and other institutions determined to be authorized users of the data system. Review your submitted data at: www.nslds.ed.gov

Graduation and Retention Rates (Student Right-to-Know Act)

Graduation and transfer rate data can be found on the Research Department website at:
http://mcckc.edu/pdf/researchDept/Graduation_Rates.pdf.

These data show the graduation and transfer rate for MCC students by college and by Fall of the academic year. Currently, multiple years of data are found on this site.

Retention data can be found on the Research Department website at:
http://mcckc.edu/services/research/researchpubs/researchpubs.asp. These data show the three major retention intervals: Fall-to-Spring, Spring-to-Fall; and Fall-to-Fall. Also provided are data for students aged 25 years or less, 25 to 34 years, and those 35 years or older. Gender and race/ethnicity data are also provided.

High School Equivalency Testing Information

MCC administers the HiSET test at each of its campuses but we do not conduct classes to prepare for the test.  However, information on the locations that offer these preparation classes, as well as information on MCC’s testing program is available at http://mcckc.edu/services/testing/ged/.

Intercollegiate Athletic Program Participation Rates and Financial Support Data (Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act)

In compliance with the Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act, information on men’s and women’s athletic programs at MCC is available at http://www.ope.ed.gov/athletics. This report includes the number of participants by gender for each team, operating and recruiting expenses, coaches’ salaries, revenues, and athletically related student aid.
Athlete Participants Report 2012 -2013

Notice of Nondiscrimination

MCC’s Notice of Nondiscrimination may be accessed at http://mcckc.edu/explore/whatdrivesus/diversity/nondiscrimination.asp. MCC’s policies regarding nondiscrimination and equal opportunity are available at the following sites:
http://web.mcckc.edu/asp/infoex/prp/files/730020BP.pdf
http://web.mcckc.edu/asp/infoex/prp/files/305010BP.pdf
http://web.mcckc.edu/asp/infoex/prp/files/305010DR.pdf

Information on nondiscrimination is also available in the class schedule (http://mcckc.edu/classes), the MCC official catalog (/catalog/Catalog1011.pdf) , and the Student Right to Know, Campus Security, and Compliance Report (http://mcckc.edu/explore/students/rightsandresponsibilities/rights.asp).

Placement of Graduates

This information is held in the Graduate Employment Outlook Report which focuses on career graduates and their job placement. These data can be found at: http://mcckc.edu/services/research/researchoutlook/researchempoutlook.asp. The report contains information about all career programs in the form of: educational requirements for related jobs, job titles, employment data for the region, state and locally, salary, time to degree (how many terms did it take for students to complete a degree), and companies where graduates are employed.

Privacy of Student Records

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records; establishes the rights of students to inspect and review their education records; and provides guidelines for the correction of inaccurate and misleading data, the right to consent to disclosures of personal information and the right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by MCC to comply with the FERPA requirements. The law applies to all schools receiving funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.

FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children's education records. These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level. Once students have enrolled in course work at MCC FERPA rights transfer to the student, regardless of the student's age. An authorization to disclose any educational record to any person (including a parent) must be initiated by the student. More information about the authorization procedure and FERPA may be requested in the campus admissions/enrollment office (http://www.mcckc.edu/getstarted/apply/admissionsinfo/contacts.asp).

MCC's FERPA statement may be found online at: http://mcckc.edu/explore/students/rightsandresponsibilities/privacyferpa.asp

More information from the U. S. Department of Education about FERPA is available online at: http://www.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/index.html

HIPAA and FERPA

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) sets standards to protect the confidentiality of health information. However, the HIPAA Privacy Rule excludes from its coverage those records protected by FERPA at school districts and postsecondary institutions that provide health or medical services to students. This is because Congress specifically addressed how education records should be protected under FERPA. For this reason, records protected by FERPA are not subject to the HIPAA Privacy Rule and may be shared with parents under the circumstances described here.

The Disability Support Services office obtains and maintains health records for each student who applies for services, so the receipt and maintenance of health records is well established. In addition, if a financial aid recipient is unable to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) due to medical reasons, the financial aid office may request documentation of the medical condition through the SAP appeal process. This information will be reviewed and then maintained in the student's financial aid file for safe-keeping.

See also http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/understanding/coveredentities/hipaaferpajointguide.pdf for joint guidance on FERPA and HIPAA, and for more information on HIPAA, see the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services website: http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/hipaa/. HIPAA regulations are published as 45 CFR Parts 160, 162, and 164.

Safeguarding Student Information

As required by the Gramm-Leach-Bliley (GLB) Act issued by the Federal Trade Commission, MCC has safeguards in place designed to ensure the security and confidentiality of student information, protect against any anticipated threats or hazards to the security or integrity of such information, and protect against unauthorized access to or use of such information that could result in substantial harm or inconvenience to any student.

Refund Policy, Requirements for Withdrawal, and Return of Title IV, HEA Financial Aid

Information about refunds and the consequences of withdrawing from or dropping a course can be found under the various tabs presented here:
http://mcckc.edu/getstarted/enroll/estimatecosts/tuitionfees.asp.

Information about the requirements for return of Title IV Federal Aid is available in the FAQs section of Get Started—Estimate Costs & Pay Tuition:
http://mcckc.edu/getstarted/enroll/estimatecosts/tuitionfees.asp.

RETURN OF TITLE IV FUNDS POLICY AND REGULATIONS

Federal student assistance program regulations require institutions of higher education that participate in the Title IV aid programs to comply with the U.S. Department of Education’s federal regulations. This regulation and federal refund policy can be found in the Department of Education Federal Student Assistance Program General Provisions. These regulations apply when a student completely withdraws, drops out, is expelled, or otherwise fails to complete the period of enrollment for which he or she was charged.

Return of Title IV funds will be distributed using the following priority award order:

  1. Federal Family Education Loans (subsidized and unsubsidized)
  2. Federal Pell Grant
  3. Federal Supplemental Grant
  4. Other Title IV programs

As a recipient of Title IV aid, it is the students’ responsibility to earn the aid provided for their period of enrollment. The law specifies how the school must determine the amount of financial aid earned at the time of complete withdrawal.

Case Examples:

#1 John Doe

John enrolled and attended his fall classes. He received Title IV funds which included Pell Grant $1388, Supplemental Grant $300, Subsidized Loan $1584, and an institutional grant $100. John’s institutional charges include tuition of $618, and books $267.86. This is a total of $885.86. On October 25, John withdrew from all his classes. He earned or completed 57.4% of the semester (66 of 115 calendar days). This is what will happen:

  • MCC is required to pay John’s lender $377.38, which is 42.6% of the institutional charges. This is the amount that the Department of Education claims were unearned.
  • John will need to reimburse MCC for the Title IV money that was paid to John’s lender, $377.38.
  • John will have to pay back the balance of the loan, per the promissory note agreement.
  • The Department of Education allows 50% of the grant funds received to be protected in this calculation. This means that John will not have to pay the Department of Education.
  • MCC will notify John’s lender of his last day of attendance.
#2 Jane Doe

Jane started attending classes in the fall. She received Title IV funds through Pell Grant totaling $2082. Jane’s institutional charges include tuition of $1206, and books $496.49. This is a total of $1702.49. On September 4, she completely withdrew from all her classes. She earned or completed 13% of the semester (15 of 115 days). This is what will happen:

  • MCC is required to return $1481.17 of her Pell Grant funds (87% of $1702.49) as these were unearned tuition and fee charges.
  • Jane will owe MCC $1481.17, which is the portion of tuition and fees not paid with Pell.
  • Jane will not owe the Department of Education due to the 50% grant protection.
#3 Sad Sarah

Sarah enrolled and started classes in the fall. Her Title IV aid included Pell Grant $2082, Unsubsidized loan $2376, and Subsidized loan for $1386. Sarah’s institutional charges include tuition of $1078, and books $135.94. This is a total of $1213.94. Sarah’s last date of attendance was September 8. She completed 16.5% of the semester (19 of 115 days). This is what will happen:

  • MCC is required to pay Sarah’s lender $1013.64, which is 83.5% of the institutional charges. This is the amount that is calculated for the Department of Education as unearned.
  • Sarah will need to reimburse MCC for the Title IV money that was paid to her lender, $1013.64, on the unsubsidized loan.
  • Sarah will have to pay back the balance of the loan per the promissory note agreements.
  • Even though some of Sarah’s grant funds were protected, she will still owe the Department of Education $76.74 for grant funds that must be returned.
  • MCC will notify Sarah’s lender of her last day of attendance.

Services for Students with Disabilities

Metropolitan Community College complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act which prohibit discrimination in admission or access to its programs based on disability. Each MCC campus has a Disability Support Services (DSS) office that offers services for students who have disabilities in order to ensure access and equal opportunity for all students to pursue their educational goals. Eligible students may register for services with our office, and we will develop a plan with each student for reasonable and appropriate accommodations related to their individual disabilities. More information about MCC's DSS office is available online at: http://mcckc.edu//getstarted/apply/accessservices/overview.asp.

Student Body Diversity

This information can be found on the Research Department website at:
http://mcckc.edu/services/research/researchoutlook/researchenrollfactbooks.asp. Information is available for each term the college offers courses: Fall, Spring and Summer. Each section of the factbook contains 5 years of data which is available by district or college. Information available: headcount, credit hours, average load, gender, race/ethnicity, age, student classification, time of course attendance, grade distribution and multiple campus attendance.

Textbook Information/Required Course Materials

Detailed lists of required course materials are available from the MCC Bookstore:
http://mcckc.edu/services/bookstores/getbooks/info.asp

Vaccination Policies

MCC does not require certification of vaccination from students or employees.

Voter Registration

Information on voting in local, state, and federal elections, may be accessed at
http://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/register2vote/.

 

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Last Modified: 7/25/14