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Policies and Guidelines
Entrance and Exit Counseling
Good credit will play an important role in financing your education if you play on using a Direct Graduate PLUS loan prior to completing your education. A credit check is completed each time you apply for a PLUS loan. Poor credit could hinder your ability to secure a PLUS loan. Student Financial Services encourages all prospective students who intend to apply for a PLUS loan take a look at their credit report. You can request a free credit report for the three main credit reporting agencies on annualcreditreport.com. If something is wrong, contact us and we will work with you to figure it out.
Satisfactory Academic Progress
Satisfactory Academic Progress ("SAP") is the progress required of a financial aid recipient in academic studies to successfully complete the educational program within a specified period. Federal regulations mandate that all students are required to conform to SAP standards as they work towards a degree in order for them to qualify to receive financial assistance through all Rosalind Franklin University eligible Title IV Federal Financial Aid programs.
To read more, visit the Satisfactory Academic Progress policy.
Leave of Absence
RFU expects students to maintain continuous enrollment in an academic program with the exception of scheduled breaks. However, at times it may be necessary or desirable for a student to take a leave of absence. All leave of absence requests must be approved by the appropriate dean or dean’s designee. Individual leave of absence is granted for no more than one year. In special circumstances, a leave may be extended if requested in writing and approved prior to the end of the initial leave of absence. Maximum approved leave of absence time may not exceed Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science 57 2019-2020 Academic Catalog two years. The approved time does not have to be consecutive. If the leave of absence exceeds two years, the student will be involuntarily withdrawn and may re-apply for admission.
Students on leave of absence retain their matriculated student status. Academic program and degree requirements may change during a student’s leave of absence. Once the student has been approved for return, it is at the discretion of the dean or dean’s designee to define the program and graduation requirements in accordance with degree requirements at the time of the leave initiation or the requirements at the time of return (if they have changed). In exceptional circumstances, the requirements may reflect a combination thereof in order to satisfy all requirements for the degree. The Continuous Enrollment Policy will help advise as to the enrollment effects of Leave of Absence. Suspension, dismissal, or expulsion overrides a leave of absence.
To read more about the policy, visit the Academic Catalog
Rights and Responsibilities
Students have the right to know:
- What financial aid programs are available and how to apply for them.
- The cost of attendance and how financial need is determined.
- The criteria used to determine financial aid eligibility.
- The type and the amount of assistance you will receive.
- How financial aid will be distributed.
- The terms and conditions of all awards made.
- The school's refund policy.
- The satisfactory academic policy for financial aid eligibility.
Students are responsible to:
- Check RFU email frequently for up-to-date communications.
- Submit all forms required to complete the application process in a timely and accurate manner.
- Respond to requests for additional information in a timely manner.
- Keep RFU informed of any change of address, name, marital or enrollment status while you are a student.
- Keep your lender or servicer informed of any change of address, name, marital or enrollment status until your loan is paid in full.
- Notify the financial aid office of any additional financial aid resources you expect to receive.
- Maintain satisfactory academic progress.
- Re-apply for aid each year.
- Use aid only for educational-related expenses.
- Repay all loans according to the terms of the promissory note.
- Borrow responsibly.
Return of Title IV Funds (R2T4)
Tuition Refund Policy
Default Rate as of 2019
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science Default Rate: 0.1%
Average Debt for the Class of 2019
Chicago Medical School: $231,956
Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine: $213,480
School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies: N/A
College of Pharmacy: $196,246