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Student Support Services. 

The Student Support Services Director provides support and counseling to the UCHA learner and completes the program. Student Services offer a list of tutors for students having academic challenges. Students may hire these tutors anytime at their own expense.  The Student Support Service Director is available to answer questions and assist the student learner with these resources. Student Services is also responsible for coordinating placement services.

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FINANCIAL AID

UCHA  administers a comprehensive student financial aid program to assist students in meeting college costs. The amount of financial aid awarded varies from student to student depending on the individual’s need and resources. Financial Aid is intended to help students who might not otherwise be able to attend college. Although the primary responsibility for meeting college costs rests with the student and his or her family, the college recognizes that many families have limited resources and are unable to meet the cost of a college education. Federal and state financial aid programs have been established to provide assistance to students with documented financial need.

Awards are initially offered based on full-time enrollment. The number of units in which students actually enroll may impact the amount of financial aid received for the various programs.

Students may file online for a FAFSA application at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov to evaluate their eligibility.  You may call Patty Eden at UCHA for financial aid assistance. 402-556-4456 Ext. 4 or email at pattyeden@ucha.edu.

 FEDERAL FINANCIAL AID PROGRAMS

Federal Pell Grants

Pell grants are a federally funded program designed to be the foundation of financial aid for undergraduates who demonstrate need. The amount of the Pell Grant is based on the cost of attendance minus the expected calculated family contribution and the student’s enrollment status at the time of payment. Award amounts vary according to eligibility and enrollment.   

Pell Grants are limited to 6 years or 12 full-time semester enrollments.


Education Quest Foundation
Education Quest Foundation is a nonprofit organization with a mission to improve access to higher education in Nebraska.  EducationQuest provides free college planning services, need-based scholarship programs, college access grants for high schools, college access resources for middle schools, and community agencies' outreach services. 
for advice on student assistance, call 402-391-4033 or http://www.educationquest.org


Further Assistance 
Applications can also be made for assistance through some Workforce Development or Vocational Rehabilitation Programs and Veterans Assistance Programs. The Department of Veterans Affairs may pay monthly educational allowances to qualified students to help defray the cost of tuition and living expenses. Students are responsible for their tuition payments under these programs, not the Department of Veterans Affairs.

UCHA will not impose any penalty, including:

  1. the assessment of late fees;

  2. the denial of access to classes;

  3. libraries or their institutional facilities and

  4. the requirement that a Chapter 31 or Chapter 33 recipient borrow additional funds to cover the individual’s inability to meet his or her financial obligations to the institution due to the delayed disbursement of payment by the U.S.Department of Veterans Affairs or the Federal Department of Education.

Return of Title IV Funds Policy
The Financial Aid Office is required by federal statute to recalculate federal financial aid eligibility for students who withdraw, drop out, or are dismissed. Before completing 60% of a payment period or term, the federal Title IV financial aid programs must be recalculated in these situations. UCHA will use the date of complete withdrawal or drop to determine the amount of federal aid that is “earned” based on the amount of time the student was enrolled. If a student leaves the institution before completing 60% of a payment period or term, the financial aid office recalculates eligibility for Title IV funds. Recalculation is based on the percentage of earned aid using the following Federal Return of Title IV funds formula: Percentage of the payment period or term completed = the number of days completed up to the withdrawal date divided by the total days in the payment period or term. (Any break of five days or more is not counted as part of the term's days.) This percentage is also the percentage of earned aid.

Title IV Refund Process
Funds are returned to the appropriate federal program based on the percentage of unearned aid using the following formula: Aid to be returned=(100% of the aid that could be disbursed minus the percentage of earned aid) multiplied by the total amount of aid that could have been disbursed during the payment period or term.  If a student earned less aid than was disbursed, the institution would be required to return a portion of the funds, and the student would be required to return a portion of the funds. Keep in mind that when Title IV funds are returned, the student borrower may owe a debit balance to the institution.


If a student earned more aid than was disbursed to him/her, the institution would owe the student a post-withdrawal disbursement, which must be paid within 180 days of the student’s withdrawal. The institution must return the amount of Title IV funds for which it is responsible no later than 45 days after the date of determining the date of the student’s withdrawal.
Refunds are allocated in the following order: 

  • Unsubsidized Direct Stafford Loans  

  • Subsidized Direct Stafford Loans

  • Direct PLUS Loans

  • Federal Pell Grants for which a Return of funds is required

  • All other Federal Grants for which a Return of funds is required

Withdrawals
UCHA will use the date of complete withdrawal or drop to determine the amount of federal aid that is “earned” based on the amount of time the student was enrolled. If a student does not officially withdraw from all classes but fails to earn a passing grade in at least one course, federal aid regulations require that we assume the student has “unofficially withdrawn” unless documented that they completed the enrollment period. Unofficial withdrawals require a Title IV refund calculation at the midpoint of the enrollment period. The reduction of federal aid may create a balance due to UCHA that must be repaid.


Reinstatement
Students dismissed for academic/other reasons may submit a new application form and application fee, and they will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. If Federal Financial Aid were used in the previous enrollment, the student would not be eligible for Federal Financial Aid on readmission.

G.I. Bill
Qualification for a G.I. Bill® is determined by the Department of Veteran Affairs.


Students and prospective students may go to the VSO for assistance in completing the Application for VA Education Benefits.
After a student has applied for a G.I. Bill® and enrolled in appropriate courses, they must complete a Request for Certification of Benefits per federal regulations, only required courses for a declared major can be certified by the institution. For additional information/ clarification, please contact the VSO.

 

The G.I. Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

FEDERAL AND STATE COMPLIANCE

Civil Rights Compliance Statement
The Universal  College of Healing Arts does not discriminate in its admissions, educational programs, activities, or employment policies on any basis, including but not limited to race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital status, medical condition, mental or physical disability including HIV and AIDS, other protected classes, status as a Vietnam- era veteran, or obligations to the National Guard or reserve forces of the United
States.


Universal  College of Healing Arts is subject to Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments Act of 1972, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 sections 503 and 504, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.


Rehabilitation Act of 1973:
Materials in Alternative Format Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended by Congress in 1998, requires agencies receiving federal funds to make their electronic and information technology (EIT) accessible to people with disabilities. In compliance, the Universal College of Healing Arts provides its catalog, instructional materials, and other college publications in alternative formats. Any individual who requires special assistance and would like materials in an alternative format should contact Student Support Services at 402-556-4456 Ext 2.


Section 504, The Rehabilitation Act of 1973
In compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the college has developed Disabled Student Services. Offices are located on campus at the front desk.  Individuals needing information about services for students with disabilities should contact this office at 402-556-4456.


Questions or complaints of unlawful discrimination should be directed to the UCHA compliance officer, 8702 North 31st Street, Omaha, NE 68112 or 402-556-4456 ext 2.

Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990

Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities. This prohibition applies to employment, public services, including public and private transportation, public accommodations, and telecommunications services.
The ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA) was enacted on September 25, 2008, and became effective on January 1, 2009. The law made several significant changes to the definition of “disability” under the ADA. It also directed the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to amend its ADA regulations to reflect the changes made by the ADAAA.
Support services for students with disabilities are provided through the Director of Student Support Services.  Individuals needing information about services for students with disabilities should contact this office at 402-556-4456 ext 2.

Title IX. Prohibiting Sex Discrimination in Education
The Universal College of Healing Arts is committed to supporting all regulations under Title IX. “No person in the United States shall, based on sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under  any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.” Questions or discrimination complaints should be directed to the Title IX Coordinator at 402-556-4456 ext 2 or email paulettegenthon@uch.edu


Sexual Harassment Policy Statement
The Universal College of Healing Arts provides an educational, employment, and business environment free of unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, visual, or physical conduct or communications constituting sexual harassment, as defined and otherwise prohibited by state and federal statutes. This policy includes a prohibition against sexual harassment, gender harassment, and harassment based on pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions. Sexual harassment is a violation of an individual’s civil rights and will not be tolerated.

Questions and sexual harassment complaints should be directed to the UCHA's compliance officer at
402-556-4456, ext 2 or email paulettegenthon@ucha.edu.

Sexual Assault Policy Statement
The Universal College of Healing Arts is committed to providing a learning environment free from all forms of discrimination, including sexual harassment. The UCHA policy affirms Federal and State laws prohibiting discrimination based on age, race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship status, marital status, gender, sexual orientation. All Staff, faculty, and Students must refrain from sexual harassment at the school or school activities. No UCHA member should be subject to unsolicited or unwelcome sexual overtures or conduct. It is the responsibility of all staff and faculty to ensure that the UCHA learning environment is free from sexual harassment. 


All forms of discrimination and conduct, which can be considered harassing, coercive, or disruptive, or create a hostile or offensive environment, must be eliminated. Instances of sexual harassment must be investigated promptly and effectively.


The Universal College of Healing Arts does not tolerate sexual assault committed by any of our members (faculty, staff, regularly enrolled, and special students), or against any of our members, on or off-campus. Any party can be a victim or perpetrator of sexual assault, and, therefore, this policy is gender-neutral. We respond to and investigate all reports of sexual assault and report assaults to local law enforcement when guided by the law to do so. 

Staff and administrative and teaching faculty follow clear processes, both on-site in Omaha and on off-campus programs such as externship and community service when responding to a report of sexual assault. We also pursue sexual assault complaints even if they are not matters for law enforcement. The College does its best to protect complainants from any possible retaliation stemming from their complaint.


We offer immediate help and also referrals to appropriate persons and organizations, often including but not limited to local police, hospitals, advocacy groups, and counseling and crisis centers. The YWCA is one program where referrals can be made to. The College supports education about sexual assault on campus, college campuses in general, and society. This is accomplished through an understanding of Sexual Assault.