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65% of students began their studies in Fall 2015 and returned in Fall 2016
The percentages below measure the first-time, full-time students pursuing bachelor’s degrees that began their studies in Fall 2010 and graduated within 150% of “normal time” to complete their program.
|American Indian/Alaskan Native||0%|
|Black or African American||31%|
|By Federal Grant or Loan|
|Pell Grant recipient||46%|
|Subsidized Stafford Loan recipient but no Pell Grant||52%|
|Neither Pell Grant nor subsidized Stafford Loan recipient||
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The U.S. Department of Education requires that all universities annually provide notice regarding the availability of the consumer information listed below. Please contact the department responsible with questions, concerns or for requests of paper copies.
Parents (of dependent students), to the extent that they are able, have the primary responsibility to pay for their child’s education. Students are also expected to contribute to their educational costs. Eligibility for federal grants and loans and state need-based grants is determined by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Rockford University also requires the FAFSA to determine eligibility for need-based institutional aid.
Employees are available during normal operating hours Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. during the year to help prospective students, current students, current and prospective employees obtain consumer information.
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Rockford University students are billed each semester in advance. The billing for the fall semester will normally be prepared and mailed July 1 and is due August 1. The billing for the spring semester will normally be prepared December 1 and is due January 1. Students’ registrations are not complete until their accounts have been paid or payment has been fully arranged. A number of payment plans including a monthly payment option, employer tuition assistance, loans, MasterCard, VISA or Discover are available through consultation with the Student Administrative Services (SAS) office. Payments can also be made over the phone by contacting SAS or through your Self-Service account.
Checks should be made payable to Rockford University and addressed to the address below:
Students who are receiving employer assistance are required to submit an Employer Reimbursement request to the SAS office each semester prior to the first class period of the semester. Financial clearance is required for class attendance and residency at Rockford University, and participation in Rockford University activities. No grades, diploma, certificate or transcript will be granted to students who have indebtedness to Rockford University.
Rockford University attempts to provide for all students financial aid packages sufficient to meet their entire financial need. However, for those students who remain personally responsible for paying a portion of their Rockford University costs, the following options are available:
Rockford University offers a payment plan that allows students/families to pay their balance in monthly installments. There are no interest charges; however, a $50 per semester enrollment fee and the first full payment must accompany a signed contract. Monthly installments can be paid by VISA, MasterCard or Discover cards or by cash or personal check. Additional information is available from the Student Administrative Services office
Schedule of monthly payments that fall 10 days past due will be assessed a late fee of 1.5 percent. Account balances after the due date that are not covered by scheduled loan disbursements, employer tuition assistance or veterans benefits will be assessed a late fee of 1.5 percent of the balance until paid in full. Additional information on alternative loan options is available from the SAS office.
Employee/employer reimbursement forms are available in the SAS office. Forms must be submitted each semester prior to the first class period of the semester.
Students are responsible for full payment of accounts.
Students can receive full refunds of prepaid tuition, fees, and room-and-board costs (less the non-refundable tuition deposit) if they present written notice of withdrawal at the SAS office before the last drop date. Refer to our academic calendars. Students who withdraw after classes begin receive refunds based on the schedule below.
Important: Students receiving financial aid should confer with the SAS office to determine how their aid packages will be affected before they change their status. Students who withdraw from all classes after the last day to withdraw with a refund will be subject to removal of Title IV aid based on results from the Department of Education.
|Tuition refunds for Fall 2017 will be made on this basis:|
|Through August 29………………………………………………………………………………………..||100% of tuition|
|After August 29………………………………………………………………………………………………||No refund|
|Tuition refunds for Spring 2018 will be made on this basis:|
|Through January 22………………………………………………………………………………………….||100% of tuition|
|After January 22………………………………………………………………………………………………||No refund|
|Refund policies for Summer 2018 are as follows:|
|If you withdraw before 3rd class date………………………………………………………||100% refund|
|If you withdraw on or after 3rd class date………………………………………………..||No refund|
Appropriate refunds will be made by check within 45 days of receipt of a request for refund. Refunds of board (meal) and room charges will not be refunded after the last date to drop. No refunds will be made for temporary absence during the regular school year. For information concerning board and room refund policies, contact the Student Administrative Services office. Special instructional fees will not be refunded unless students withdraw before the first day of class. No refund will be made of the tuition deposit or the $40 registration fee.
Cash advances will not be distributed until a student’s account reflects a credit balance (all financial aid has been applied). Subsequent to the add/drop period, students having a credit remaining will have the option of leaving the credit on account or receiving a check for the total credit. A “Request for Refund” form must be completed at the SAS office.
The University reserves the right to dismiss any student whose conduct is not satisfactory in any area of university life (under procedures stated in the Rockford University Student Handbook). No refund of tuition, room, board or fees is made in such cases.
Students may appeal any refund policy decision to the director of Student Administrative Services.
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|Graduate application fee||$50|
|Transcript evaluation (MAT)||$75|
|Tuition 2017-2018||$710 per credit hour|
|Tuition 2016-2017||$710 per credit hour|
|Non-refundable registration fee per semester||$50|
|Transfer credit fee||$20 per course|
|GRE Test (MAT)||$185|
|GMAT Test (MBA)||$250|
|MBA Prerequisite Test||$50|
There is a limited amount of financial aid that Rockford University offers to its admitted graduate students.
The Part-Time Student Voucher Grant provides a $150 per credit hour discount, up to $900 per semester, to part-time degree-seeking or certification-seeking students in good academic standing, subject to these restrictions:
Application forms are available at Student Administrative Services (SAS) or the Graduate Studies Office.
Additional fees not listed here may also apply and are subject to change without notice.
Rockford University will defer your tuition payment until after you have completed the semester to allow time for your employer to reimburse you. The program is limited to reimbursable tuition costs only; registration fees and textbook costs are not eligible for deferment, even though you may receive reimbursement for these costs. Please ask for a Tuition Deferment Form at the Office of Graduate Studies.
You may be eligible for GRE fee reimbursement. In order to receive this aid, you must fill out the FAFSA form. Your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) must be equal or less than $1900.
The Rockford University MBA program offers a $250 per credit hour scholarship to employees of public and not-for-profit organizations desiring to take courses leading to an MBA. The discount is available only to those currently receiving less than 50 percent of the cost of tuition and applies to a maximum of two courses per semester.
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Students may be selected for verification after submitting a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The selection is based on information reported on the FAFSA and is initiated by the Department of Education. In certain circumstances Rockford University may select a student based on conflicting information on the FAFSA. Rockford University is then required to verify any FAFSA selected by the processor. If selected, you will be notified by the processor after submitting the FAFSA. Prospective students and current students are then further notified via mail by the Office of Student Administrative Services (SAS) indicating forms and documents that need to be submitted. This information is needed before a financial aid award package can be prepared.
Rockford University must confirm the accuracy of information entered by a student on the FAFSA by requesting documentation from the student (and parent(s) if dependent) as required by the federal government. If you purposely give false or misleading information on the worksheets or documents submitted, you may be fined, be sentenced to jail, or both. According to federal regulations, the following items must be verified:
Rockford University verifies the above information with the collection of the following documents:
If a change to your FAFSA data is warranted due to the verification process, a new Student Aid Report (SAR) will be generated and sent to you by the Department of Education. New students who have been admitted or returning students who have registered will receive an award letter by mail offering all available financial aid that the student is eligible for.
Once the initial financial aid award is received, any changes to the financial aid award will result in a revised award letter being sent to the student.
Students who are in default on a federal student loan are ineligible for additional federal student aid until he or she resolves the default. Your eligibility for financial aid can be restored if you can provide documentation from the loan holder of the defaulted loan indicating that your loan has been resolved and you are eligible for Title IV funding.
Federal aid overpayments also have to be resolved before any additional financial aid can be processed.
No federal, state or need based institutional financial aid can be distributed to the student’s account until the process is complete. Verification must be completed prior to the end of the semester in which financial aid is requested. The above required documents can be submitted in person in the SAS office Located in Nelson Hall, sent by postal mail or faxed.
5050 East State Street
Rockford, IL 61108
Phone # 815-394-4261
Fax # 815-394-5174
Please find below the required verification documents. Please see the letter that was sent to you to see which documents you are required to submit.
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Our Bachelor of Science in Management Studies (BSMS) degree program is housed within the PURI School of Business. The program is designed to provide a quality educational experience for adult learners in an accelerated format.
It’s fast. Here’s how it works: Transfer in approximately 45 hours of course work. Then, you’ll join a cohort learning community of about 15 students. Your group will take one course at a time every five weeks that includes thought-provoking subjects like global diversity and organizational ethics. About 24 months later, you’ll have a B.S. in Management Studies–an accredited degree from an accredited university.
It’s collaborative. You won’t go it alone. Instead, you and your cohort group will study together, work on projects together, even teach one another. Best of all, you’ll have actual faculty members as professors. Talk to them in person all you want!
It’s affordable. This program is priced affordably, so you can finish your degree. Students will be considered full-time and will be eligible to apply for financial aid. The cost per credit hour is $420.
In addition, Rockford University offers a tuition-covered option for qualified individuals who have been out of work for at least 18 months. Eligible adult learners can enroll in the program, and this option will cover any remaining tuition after all eligible state and federal student aid is applied. Qualified applicants must be Illinois residents 25 years of age and older who have been unemployed for at least 18 months, have some transferable college credit, but have not already earned a bachelor’s degree. More information >>
It’s a true liberal arts education. Some degree completion programs focus on just getting you through the program. At Rockford University, we focus on helping you become well and truly educated for life. You’re not just getting a degree, you’re getting access to the Rockford University community—computer labs, sporting events, performing arts, fitness center, library and all.
Future Cohort Start Dates
Students can begin classes every five weeks, but cohorts begin four times per year.
- Thursday, June 1, 2017
- Wednesday, August 29, 2017
- Thursday, October 3, 2017
- Thursday, February 15, 2018
- Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Questions? Contact us today; we accept applicants year-round. If an accelerated program isn’t a fit for you, we invite you to explore our traditional undergraduate programs of study.
I’ve recently advanced in my career after receiving the BSMS degree. Together, the level of studies and the caring and skilled professors helped to prepare me for the next business level. I’m excited for what the future holds!Catherine Ellis '15
While working as a paralegal, I determined that I wanted to become an attorney. Since I did not have a bachelor’s degree, I chose the BSMS program because of the flexibility and the reputation of Rockford University. While completing the BSMS program, I received a promotion at work and built life-long friends. The BSMS program prepared me to continue my education; without it, I cannot imagine being where I am today!Andrea Eklund '10
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Student Administrative Services (SAS) is Rockford University’s one-stop shop for assistance with financial aid, registration, student
accounts and student employment questions and concerns. SAS representatives are cross-trained to assist you, and specialists in each area are also available.
SAS can help you with the following services:
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We award financial aid to 99% of our full-time students. Every year, Rockford University students receive more than $9 million in scholarships, grants, and other financial aid. We believe an education should be affordable. Through our scholarships, grants, and other financial aid, we work individually with prospective students and their families to determine the most beneficial financial aid package for them.
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