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Consumer Information

The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) of 2008 requires disclosure of policies that can affect students in colleges and universities. The following information is disclosed to you as a student at the University of Illinois at Springfield in compliance with this federal law. The University of Illinois at Springfield is committed to providing this important information to its students, prospective students, parents, faculty, staff and interested third parties. Consistent with this commitment, and pursuant to the University’s notice and reporting obligations under various laws, information concerning the following topics are indicated below.

General Information about the University

Privacy of Student Records — Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

In carrying out their assigned responsibilities, many offices at the University of Illinois at Springfield collect and maintain information about students. Although these records belong to the university, both university policy and federal law accord students a number of rights concerning these records. The federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) establishes the rules and regulations regarding access to and disclosure of student records.

To fulfill FERPA requirements, the university has established Policies on Student Records. These policies outline a student’s rights regarding his/her records, where records about the student may be kept and maintained, what kinds of information are in those records, the conditions under which the student or anyone else may have access to information in those records, and what action a student can take if it is believed that the information in his/her record is inaccurate or that the student’s rights have been compromised. The policies on student records are published by the Office of Records and Registration and are available at http://www.uis.edu/registration/records/ferpa/.

Facilities and Services for Students with Disabilities

Student Financial Assistance

Net Price Calculator

The net price calculator is a tool designed by the U.S. Department of Education that allows students and parents to get an estimate of what it may cost to attend the University of Illinois at Springfield each year. The “net price” (cost of attendance minus grant and scholarship funding) is the amount students and/or their families will have to cover with work, savings, and/or loans.

Cost of Attendance

The estimated cost of attending UIS for each cohort of students can be obtained here.

Refund Policy and Requirements for Withdrawal and Return of Federal Financial Aid

Read the withdrawal and refund policy.  Additional information on the consequences of withdrawing is available here.

Assistance Available from Federal, State, Local, and Institutional Programs

Financial aid available at UIS includes:

Students must follow these steps to apply for financial aid and must meet certain eligibility requirements (terms and conditions) to be eligible for aid at UIS.

Financial aid may also be available for students who are participating in a Study Abroad Program.

For students attending UIS for both semesters, financial aid is disbursed electronically into their student account in two equal disbursements – one for the fall term and one for the spring term. Additional information on what requirements must be met before a student’s financial aid will be disbursed is available here.

General conditions and terms applicable to employment provided as part of the financial aid package is available here.

Federal Student Financial Aid Penalties for Drug Law Violations

A student, who had a drug offense for selling or possessing illegal drugs that led to a conviction under federal or state law and occurred while the student was enrolled in school and receiving Title IV aid, is not eligible for additional Title IV funds. Title IV funds include Federal Student Loans, Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant and Federal Work-Study.

A borrower’s eligibility is based on the student’s self-certification on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Convictions that are reversed, set aside or removed from the student’s record, or a determination arising from a juvenile court proceeding do not affect eligibility and do not need to be reported by the student.

If convicted of an offense involving:

Possession of a Controlled Substance Ineligibility Period
First Offense 1 year
Second Offense 2 years
Third Offense Indefinite
Sale of a Controlled Substance Ineligibility Period
First Offense 2 years
Second Offense Indefinite

A student whose eligibility has been suspended based on a conviction for possession or sale of a controlled substance may resume eligibility before the end of the ineligibility period if the student satisfactorily completes an acceptable drug rehabilitation program. An acceptable drug rehabilitation program must

  • have TWO unannounced drug tests AND it must either:
  • Be qualified to receive funds from a federal, state or local government agency or program, or from a state or federally licensed insurance company, or
  • Be administered or recognized by a federal, state or local government agency or court, or by a state or federally licensed hospital, health clinic, or medical doctor.

Student Loan Information

Initial Loan Counseling for Student Borrowers

Prior to first disbursement, all first time Federal Stafford and Federal Graduate PLUS Loan borrowers must complete Entrance Counseling. Information on the following topics is available in the Federal Stafford and Federal Graduate PLUS Loan Entrance Counseling pages:

  • the effect of the loan on eligibility of the borrower for other forms of aid
  • an explanation of the use of the Master Promissory Note (MPN)
  • the seriousness and importance of the students’ repayment obligation
  • information on the accrual and capitalization of interest
  • borrowers of unsubsidized loans have the option of paying interest while in school
  • definition of half-time enrollment and the consequences of not maintaining half-time enrollment
  • importance of contacting appropriate offices if student withdraws prior to completion of program of study
  • sample monthly payment amounts
  • the obligation of the borrower to repay the full amount of the loan regardless of whether the borrower completes the program or completes within the regular time for completion, is unable to obtain employment upon completion, or is otherwise dissatisfied with or does not receive the educational or other services the borrower purchased from the school
  • consequences of default
  • information about the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) and how the borrower can access the borrower’s records
  • name and contact information for the individual the borrower may contact with questions about the borrower’s rights and responsibilities or the terms and conditions of the loan

Entrance Counseling sessions may be accessed on our website at Federal Direct Loan Entrance Counseling.

Exit Counseling for Student Borrowers

Shortly before the student borrower of a Federal Stafford, Federal Graduate PLUS, or Federal Perkins Loan ceases at least half-time study, he/she is required to complete Exit Counseling. The exit counseling sessions include information on the following:

  • average anticipated monthly repayment amount
  • repayment plan options
  • options to prepay or pay on shorter schedule
  • debt management strategies
  • use of the Master Promissory Note (MPN)
  • the seriousness and importance of student’s repayment obligation
  • terms and conditions for forgiveness or cancellation
  • copy of information provided by the Department of Education
  • terms and conditions for deferment or forbearance
  • consequences of default
  • options and consequences of loan consolidation
  • tax benefits available to borrowers
  • the obligation of the borrower to repay the full amount of the loan regardless of whether the borrower completes the program or completes within the regular time for completion, is unable to obtain employment upon completion, or is otherwise dissatisfied with or does not receive the educational or other services the borrower purchased from the school
  • availability of the Student Loan Ombudsman‘s office
  • information about the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS).

Exit Counseling can be accessed via our website at Federal Direct Loan Exit Counseling

Institutional Code of Conduct for Educational Loans

The complete text of the Financial Aid Code of Conduct can be found in the University Policies e-Library.

Preferred Lender Lists and Arrangements

UIS does not maintain a preferred lender list and has no arrangements with any lender.