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Guide to Consumer Information

LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY IN SHREVEPORT

FINANCIAL AID OFFICE          

Below are links or information on LSUS, financial assistance, scholarship fraud, graduation rates, campus security, student rights and responsibilities, and the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act at LSUS.

University policies and procedures and outlined fully in its catalog, student handbook and enrollment guide.

The link for the current university catalog is:   

http://www.lsus.edu/Documents/Academics/2013-14%20LSUS%20Catalog.pdf

The link for the current student handbook is:

http://www.lsus.edu/offices-and-services/policies-and-manuals/student-handbook.

The link for the current enrollment guide is:

http://www.lsus.edu/offices-and-services/records-and-registration/enrollment-guide.

 

In accordance with federal regulations set forth by the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, below is a summary of consumer information that must be made available to all students at LSUS.  Each topic listed gives a brief description of the information that must be disclosed and explains how it can be obtained.  If you need assistance obtaining information listed or you would like a paper copy, contact the:

Financial Aid Office

One University Drive

Shreveport, LA 71115

 

INSTITUTIONAL INFORMATION

Cost of Attending LSUS

For actual tuition and fee charges click this link:  

http://www.lsus.edu/offices-and-services/accounting-services/tuition-and-fee-schedule

For estimated tuition and fees, books and supplies, room and board allowances, and personal allowance click this link:

http://www.lsus.edu/admissions-and-financial-aid/financial-aid/policies/cost-of-attendance

Refund Policy

The university has a tuition refund policy that stipulates the amount of tuition and fees that are refunded to a student who withdraws from classes during a semester.  Please review the university current catalog, "Finances" section, "Refund of Tuition and Fees".  Click here for a link to the current university catalog:

http://www.lsus.edu/Documents/Academics/2013-14%20LSUS%20Catalog.pdf

The refund policy is also in the Summer/Fall and Spring Enrollment Guides.  Click here for a link to the current enrollment guide:

http://www.lsus.edu/Documents/Offices%20and%20Services/Records%20and%20Registration/Enrollment%20Guide%20with%208%20week%20courses%289%29

Withdrawal Procedures

A student may resign at any time before the final date for resignations.  Check the academic calendar for dates (http://www.lsus.edu/news-and-events/calendar). 

Click here to view the withdrawal policy:

http://www.lsus.edu/offices-and-services/policies-and-manuals/student-handbook/student-services-and-policies/academic-policies

Return of Title IV Financial Aid Repayment Policy

The federal government mandates that students who withdraw from all classes may only keep the financial aid (federal "Title IV" grant and loan assistance) they have "earned" up to the time of withdrawal.  Funds that were disbursed in excess of the earned amount must be returned by the university and/or the student to the federal government.  Click here for the link to the policy: 

http://www.lsus.edu/admissions-and-financial-aid/financial-aid/policies/title-iv-refund-policy

Descriptions of Academic Programs

Information on the university's academic programs and degree offerings is available from the colleges and the Admissions Office.  Click here for comprehensive academic information:  http://www.lsus.edu/academics

Instructional Facilities and Labs

Information on the university's instructional facilities and laboratories is available from the colleges and the Admissions Office.  Click here for detailed instructional facilities:  http://www.lsus.edu/academics

For information on library resources at the university, click here: 

http://www.lsus.edu/offices-and-services/noel-memorial-library

Accreditation Information

LSUS is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate and master degrees.

 Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia, 30033-4097 or call 404.679.4500 for questions about the accreditation of LSUS.

 Satisfactory Academic Progress

 To receive federal financial aid, a student must be making "satisfactory academic progress".  Click on this link for the current policy: 

http://www.lsus.edu/admissions-and-financial-aid/financial-aid/satisfactory-academic-progress

 Services for Students with Disabilities

Students with physical disabilities who must confer with financial aid should contact the office for an appointment in advance so that appropriate accommodations can be made.  The phone number for the Financial Aid office is 318.797.5363.

Click here for a link to the Student Development Office's Disability Services website:

http://www.lsus.edu/offices-and-services/student-development/disability-services

Overview of Financial Aid Programs

Click here for a link to the Financial Aid programs administered by LSUS:

http://www.lsus.edu/admissions-and-financial-aid/financial-aid

How to Apply for Financial Aid

Click here for a link to apply for Financial Aid:

http://www.lsus.edu/admissions-and-financial-aid/financial-aid/apply-for-financial-aid

Financial Aid Eligibility Requirements

Click here for a link to the eligibility requirements for the different types of programs:

http://www.lsus.edu/admissions-and-financial-aid/financial-aid/types-of-aid

How Need-Based Financial Aid Recipients are Determined and How Need-Based Aid is Awarded

Click here for a link:

http://www.lsus.edu/admissions-and-financial-aid/financial-aid/applying-for-financial-aid/eilgibility-and-conditions

Financial Aid for Study Abroad

Students enrolled in a Study Abroad program may apply for financial aid through the Financial Aid Office.  The courses the student is taking while studying abroad must be included in the student's degree.

Rights and Responsibilities of Aid Recipients

Satisfactory Academic Progress

http://www.lsus.edu/admissions-and-financial-aid/financial-aid/satisfactory-academic-progress

Method and Frequency of Disbursements

http://www.lsus.edu/admissions-and-financial-aid/financial-aid

Terms and Conditions of Employment Provided as Financial Aid

http://www.lsus.edu/admissions-and-financial-aid/financial-aid/types-of-aid/federal-programs

Terms of Student Loans, Including Repayment and Sample Repayment Schedule

www.studentloans.gov

Scholarship and Financial Aid Fraud

According to the Federal Trade Commission, perpetrators of financial aid fraud often use the following lines to sell their scholarship services; students should avoid any scholarship service or website that states the following:

•·         "This scholarship is guaranteed or your money back."

•·         "You can't get this information anywhere else."

•·         "I just need your credit card or bank account number to hold this scholarship."

•·         "We'll do all the work."

•·         "This scholarship will cost some money."

•·         "You've been selected by a 'national foundation' to receive a scholarship."

•·         "You're a finalist in a contest you never entered."

If you believe you've been the victim of scholarship fraud, wish to file a complaint, or want more information call 1(877) FTCHELP or click on this link: 

http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0082-scholarship-and-financial-aid-scams

The website to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is www.fafsa.gov.  We encourage students to use the link on the LSUS website when applying on-line.  If you make a mistake in entering the website, typically when you have completed the application, you will be asked to pay to process the "free" application.  You are being scammed!  Never submit credit card or bank account information when you are filing your FAFSA.

Graduation Rates and Statistics

This is the rate for degree-seeking full-time undergraduates who have graduated from their programs with 150% of the normal time for graduation.  Click her for a link to the most recent detailed rates:

http://www.lsus.edu/offices-and-services/institutional-effectiveness-and-planning/retention-and-graduation-rates

Campus Safety Resources

Click on this link to view the most recent Annual Security Report:

http://www.lsus.edu/offices-and-services/university-police/crime-statistics

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

Click on this link to view the FERPA policy:

http://www.lsus.edu/offices-and-services/records-and-registration/family-educational-rights-and-privacy-act

Equal Opportunity Statement

The Equal Opportunity Statement is located on the first page of the current university catalog.  Click on this link to access the current university catalog:

http://www.lsus.edu/Documents/Academics/2013-14%20LSUS%20Catalog

Contact Information for Admitting Offices and Schools/Colleges

Admissions, Office of Graduate Studies

http://www.lsus.edu/admissions-and-financial-aid/graduate-admissions

Admissions, Office of Undergraduate Studies

http://www.lsus.edu/academics/undergraduate-studies

Admissions for International Undergraduates

http://www.lsus.edu/admissions-and-financial-aid/undergraduate-admissions/international-students

Admissions, Continuing Education-Licensed Practical Nursing

http://www.ce.lsus.edu/SubGroup.awp?~~NUR~Nursing+Program