Student Consumer Information
In accordance with the Higher Education Act of 1965 (as amended), and other relevant laws, regulations, accreditation and licensing standards, IYRS provides this comprehensive centralized guide to publicly – disclosed consumer information.
If an item of information is not available via this online Student Consumer Information page, or if you require assistance or have any questions regarding the information provided please email Student Services or call 401-848-5777 x223. Student Services will direct you to the person who can best assist you.
IYRS Student Handbook and Catalog
Notice of Availability of Institutional & Financial Aid Information
IYRS distributes annually to all enrolled students a notice of availability of the information that is required to be made available to students under the Family Education Right and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) and as required by the Higher Education Act (as amended). For a copy of this notice, please email Student Services or call 401-848-5777 x223.
Contact Information for Assistance in Obtaining Institutional or Financial Aid Information
For information please email Student Services or call 401-848-5777 x223.
Under the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, student educational records may not be released without the student’s written permission, except to instructors and employees with a legitimate interest, or to organizations and individuals empowered by law to gain access. However, directory information (e.g., name, address, phone number, date and place of birth, program, and date of graduation) can be released upon request unless a student requests in writing that it be withheld.
IYRS only discloses personally identifiable information from a students education record to appropriate parties in connection with an emergency if knowledge of the information is necessary to protect the health or safety of the student or other community members. IYRS complies with the changes made to FERPA as a result of the USA Patriot Act. For questions regarding FERPA please contact:
Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20202-8520
NOTICE OF NON-DISCRIMINATION
IYRS does not discriminate unlawfully on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, disability, status as a protected veteran, pregnancy or marital status, or any other unlawful basis, in the administration of its education policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, or other school administered programs.
In accordance with Title IX, IYRS does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its programs, activities or employment. Complaints should be made to IYRS’ Title IX Coordinator. Student Services serves as IYRS’ Title IX Coordinator. The Title IX Coordinator’s office address is 449 Thames Street, Newport, RI 02840. The Title IX Coordinator can be contacted at (401) 848-5777 x223 or email Student Services. The Title IX Coordinator is responsible for monitoring compliance with Title IX and other applicable laws and regulations that prohibit discrimination and harassment.
Inquiries may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator or the United States Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, at OCR@ed.gov or (800) 421-3481.
This Policy is in compliance with applicable legal requirements including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; relevant provisions of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013; the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act; and other applicable federal and Rhode Island state laws.
ACCREDITATION, APPROVAL AND LICENSURE OF INSTITUTIONAL PROGRAMS
IYRS is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). IYRS is certified by the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations Office of Higher Education.
IYRS is approved by the Rhode Island State Approving Agency for Veterans Administration Educational Benefits. IYRS is authorized to accept and enroll M-1 nonimmigrant international students.
Information about student diversity at IYRS.
STUDENT DISABILITY SERVICES
Facilities & Services for Students with Disabilities
Questions regarding facilities & services for students with disabilities & accommodations should be directed to via email Student Services or 401-848-5777 x223. Student Services serves as IYRS’ Section 504 Coordinator. Inquiries about compliance with Federal disability laws may be directed to the Office for Civil Rights, US Department of Education, 5 Post Office Square, 8th Floor, Boston, MA 02109.
Complaints of discrimination or harassment based on a students actual or perceived disability should be directed to the Section 504 Coordinator. Complaints will be investigated in accordance with IYRS’ Code of Student Conduct and Student Grievance Process.
State Grant Assistance
For more information about the availability of and eligibility for grant assistance from the state please email Student Services or call 401-848-5777 x223.
Refund Policy (Before School Begins)
Tuition, materials and exam fees will be refunded in full when a student requests the cancellation and/or refund within three (3) business days of signing the enrollment agreement, and before classes have begun. A student who has not visited the campus may cancel the enrollment agreement up to three (3) business days following orientation for a full refund of tuition, materials and exam fees paid.
Refund Policy (After School Begins)
After the program commences, if the student withdraws or is terminated by IYRS, tuition, materials and exam fees will be refunded based on a pro-rated percentage. If a student’s enrollment is terminated after 75% of the program term has taken place, there will be no tuition refund. The following formula will apply to refunds for students that cancel enrollment prior to completing more than 75% of program term delivery:
Boatbuilding & Restoration
Instructional Hours Remaining in Term / 665 X (Term’s Tuition & Fees) = Refund Due.
Marine Systems and Composites Technology
Instructional Hours Remaining in Term / 450 X (Term’s Tuition & Fees) = Refund Due.
Digital Modeling & Fabrication
Instructional Days Remaining in Term / 82 X (Term’s Tuition & Fees) = Refund Due
Tuition and fee payments made in advance for the following year will be refunded in full if a student withdraws or is terminated before beginning that year. Termination will be considered effective on the last day of attendance, if the student is terminated by the school. The effective date if a student withdraws will be the earliest of the following: 1) postmarked date of written notice from the student or 2) ten school days following the last day of attendance.
Refunds will be made within 30 days of the termination or withdrawal of a student.
For more information regarding the refund or return of Title IV funds, Veterans Administration funds, and loan or grant programs, please call Student Services at 401-848-5777 x223.
Return of Federal loan policy
The return of Title IV funds as prescribed in Section 48B of the HEA Amendments determines the amount of Title IV aid a student has earned at the time a student withdraws. The amount of the Title IV aid a student has not earned is then returned to the Title IV programs. It is a proportional calculation based on the date of withdrawal through 60 % of the payment period. The formula in brief is as follows:
IYRS will determine the date of withdrawal and then determine the percentage of the payment period attended by the student.
IYRS will determine the amount of Title IV aid for which the student was eligible by the percentage of the time enrolled.
IYRS will compare the amount earned to the amount disbursed. If the amount of aid disbursed exceeds the amount earned, this amount of Title IV aid must be returned.
IYRS allocates the responsibility for returned unearned aid between the school and the portion that could have been disbursed directly to the student once institutional charges were covered.
IYRS and/or the student must then distribute the unearned Title IV aid back to the Title IV programs.
All refunds are calculated on the last day of the attendance of the student.
In no case shall the amount returned exceed the amount remitted.
If the return of Title IV funds results in a student tuition balance, the student will be responsible for payment of the balance to IYRS.
If IYRS is required to return Title IV funds received, IYRS will return the unearned aid to the Title IV funds programs as follows:Unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loans
Subsidized Federal Stafford Loans
Federal Plus Loans
Federal Pell Grants
For more information regarding the refund or return of Title IV funds, Veterans Administration funds, and other loan or grant programs, please contact Student Services at 401-848-5777 x223.
For information about academic programs please email Student Services or call 401-848-5777 x223.
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For textbook information contact the Office of Admissions at 401-848-5777 x220.
SATISFACTORY ACADEMIC PROGRESS STANDARDS
To receive federal financial aid for attendance at IYRS, students are required to make academic progress toward completion of a certificate. Satisfactory progress for a clock hour and credit hour program is evaluated at the end of each payment period. Below are the detailed requirements that must be met and a description of the consequences if they are not met. This policy applies to all federal and state aid programs, including Pell Grant, Stafford Loan, and PLUS Loan.
To be considered eligible for the financial aid programs named above, a student must be meeting all of the following conditions:
Qualitative – A student must obtain a level of 2.0 or higher (based on the above grading scale.
Quantitative – Pace of Progress All students must successfully complete 95% of their cumulative attempted clock/credit hours.
Attempted clock/credit hours are the hours a student attends each payment period.
Excused & unexcused absences must be made up
Maximum Time Frame – All students must complete their program requirements within 150% of the time it normally takes to complete the certificate program.
Note: a credit hour is an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement. A credit hour varies according to the content of the course. One credit hour of academic credit is given for at least 22.5 hours of classroom contact, at least 30 hours of supervised laboratory time, at least 90 hours of independent study activities, or at least 45 hours of externship experience.
A student who fails to meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress standards outlined above will be placed on financial aid warning for the following semester. During the warning term, the student is still eligible to receive financial aid. At the end of the warning term, student progress will again be reviewed. Failure to meet academic progress standards at this time will result in financial aid suspension. Students who are suspended from receiving financial aid may appeal the decision.
A student determined ineligible for aid may appeal this determination by writing to Student Services, stating the basis for the appeal. Exceptions may be made based on extenuating circumstances including, but not necessarily limited to, documented illness, or change of program. Student Services or designee will inform the student in writing of the decision, specifying the conditions, if any, under which an exception has been made, or explaining the reason(s) for denying the appeal and detailing the actions necessary for the student to regain eligibility.
A student who failed to make progress may re-establish his/her financial aid eligibility in either of the following ways:
Enroll at the student’s own expense until both the Quantitative and Qualitative SAP standards are met, while not exceeding the Maximum Time Frame.
Approval of their SAP appeal: the student will regain eligibility and is placed on financial aid probation for the following term.
Students will be sent written notification if their financial aid eligibility changes as a result of the SAP evaluation.
Credit for Experience
In the Boatbuilding & Restoration program, students may be granted credit for previous experience and/or training and may enter the program based on an established level of proficiency as a second year student. Proficiency levels will be established through examination, using the regular IYRS standards of progress. Tuition for students entering a program at the intermediate level will be pro-rated. (This does not apply to the Marine Systems, Composites Technology, or Digital Modeling & Fabrication programs.)
For more information about IYRS’ transfer of credit policies, please email Student Services or call 401-848-5777 x223.