Consumer Disclosures

Student Consumer Information

The Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA), as amended by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA), includes many disclosure and reporting requirements. A disclosure requirement is information that a postsecondary education institution is required to distribute or make available to another party, such as students or employees. A reporting requirement is information submitted to the U.S. Department of Education or other agencies. Disclosure and reporting requirements sometimes overlap. For certain topics, institutions are required to make information available to students or others and to submit information to the Department of Education.

General Institution Information

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

Contact: Director of Admissions
Email: studentservices@hchs.edu
Phone: 865-524-8079 Ext. 1

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) allows present and future students to have access to their individual educational records, provides basic protections of privacy of their records, and allows them to request that certain “directory information” be kept confidential. Additional information regarding the rights afforded to students by FERPA is available at http://www.hchs.edu/ferpa-student-rights

  • Facilities and Services for Students with Disabilities

Contact: Disability Services Coordinator
Email: studentservices@hchs.edu  
Phone: 865-524-8079 Ext. 1

Huntington College of Health Sciences recognizes and supports the standards set forth in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, as amended, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which are designed to eliminate discrimination against individuals with disabilities. All requests for accommodations follow a standard process managed by the ADA/504 Compliance Committee. For more information please visit http://www.hchs.edu/disability-services.

  • Student Diversity

Contact: Registrar
Email: registrar@hchs.edu
Phone: 865-524-8079 Ext. 3

Huntington College of Health Sciences calculates information related to the diversity of our students annually. The information is available at http://www.hchs.edu/student-body-diversity.

 

  • Textbook Information

Contact: Student Services
Email: studentservices@hchs.edu
Phone: 865-524-8079 Ext. 1

Students must purchase their own textbooks from a vendor of their choice. Books may be purchased in new or used condition and may be in print or electronic format. Additional information is available at http://www.hchs.edu/bookstore.htm.

  • Transfer of Credit Policies and Articulation Agreements

Contact: Senior Vice-President, Administration and Academic Affairs
Email: jgreen@hchs.edu
Phone: 865-524-8079 Ext. 4

More information is available at http://www.hchs.edu/credit-transferability.htm.

  • Academic Programs

Contact: Senior Vice-President, Administration and Academic Affairs
Email: jgreen@hchs.edu
Phone: 865-524-8079 Ext. 4 

Information on HCHS’s academic programs may be found in our college catalog at http://www.hchs.edu/catalog and on our website at http://www.hchs.edu/programs.

  • Administration and Faculty

Contact: Dean of Graduate Studies
Email: dwood@hchs.edu
Phone: 865-524-8079 Ext. 4

You can view our administration and faculty at http://www.hchs.edu/faculty-staff.

  • Accreditation, Approval, and Licensure of Institution and Programs

Contact: Senior Vice-President, Administration and Academic Affairs
Email: jgreen@hchs.edu
Phone: 865-524-8079 Ext. 4

Huntington College of Health Sciences (HCHS) is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). The DEAC is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency, and is a recognized member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). CHEA is a nonprofit organization serving as a national advocate for self-regulation of academic quality through accreditation. All HCHS programs have been reviewed and approved by DEAC.

Distance Education Accrediting Commission

1101 17th Street, N.W. Suite 808

Washington, D.C. 20036

DEAC Accreditation Certificate

DEAC Consumer Information Disclosure

Information on state licensure, please visit http://www.hchs.edu/state-authorization.htm.

Information on registering a complaint, please visit http://www.hchs.edu/complaint-and-grievance-procedure.

  • Copyright Infringement – Policies and Sanctions

Contact: Senior Vice-President, Administration and Academic Affairs
Email: jgreen@hchs.edu
Phone: 865-524-8079 Ext. 4

Copyright infringement is the act of exercising, without permission or legal authority, one or more of the exclusive rights granted to the copyright owner under section 106 of the Copyright Act (Title 17 of the United States Code). These rights include the right to reproduce or distribute a copyrighted work. In the file-sharing context, downloading or uploading substantial parts of a copyrighted work without authority constitutes an infringement.

Unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material, including unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, may be subject to civil and criminal liabilities.

Penalties

Penalties for copyright infringement include civil and criminal penalties. In general, anyone found liable for civil copyright infringement may be ordered to pay either actual damages or "statutory" damages affixed at not less than $750 and not more than $30,000 per work infringed. For "willful" infringement, a court may award up to $150,000 per work infringed. A court can, in its discretion, also assess costs and attorneys' fees. For details, see Title 17, United States Code, Sections 504, 505.  Willful copyright infringement can also result in criminal penalties, including imprisonment of up to five years and fines of up to $250,000 per offense.

For more information, please see the Web site of the U.S. Copyright Office at www.copyright.gov (link is external), especially their FAQ's at www.copyright.gov/help/faq

  • Voter Registration

HCHS urges all students to participate in local, state, and national elections.Electronic notifications are sent out with links to state voter registration forms. Please see the following link for voter registration forms for each state: http://www.eac.gov/voter_resources/contact_your_state.aspx.

Health and Safety

  • Vaccination Requirements

Huntington College of Health Sciences is a completely online college and has no vaccination requirements.

  • Drug and Alcohol Prevention

Contact: Senior Vice-President, Administration and Academic Affairs
Email: jgreen@hchs.edu
Phone: 865-524-8079 Ext. 4

Huntington College of Health Sciences is committed to providing students and employees an environment free of alcohol and drugs. The unlawful possession, use or distribution of drugs or alcohol by students and employees on the property of Huntington College of Health Sciences is strictly prohibited. Huntington College of Health Sciences will cooperate fully with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. For more information see Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Information.

  • Security Report

Huntington College of Health Sciences is exempt from providing a security report because HCHS is a distance education-only school where students are not present on the physical campus.

STUDENT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

  • Financial Assistance
    Contact: Director of Financial Aid

Email: financialaid@hchs.edu
Phone: 865-524-8079 Ext. 2

Notice of Availability of Institutional and Financial Aid Information
Huntington College of Health Sciences offers financial aid resources to assist students in funding their college education. Financial aid is available in the form of grants, scholarships and/or loans. A federal Pell Grant, unlike a loan, does not have to be repaid. Pell Grants are awarded to students who demonstrate financial need and who have not yet earned a bachelor or professional degree. Direct loans are low-interest loans that assist students and parents in paying for post-secondary education. The lender is the U.S. Department of Education rather than a bank. Federal student aid is awarded based on the results of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). More information is available at http://www.hchs.edu/types-federal-aid. Paper copies of this information are available from the Department of Financial Aid, which can be contacted at 865-524-8079 Ext. 2

  • Contact Information for Assistance in Obtaining Institutional or Financial Aid Information
    Huntington College of Health Sciences

117 Legacy View Way
Knoxville, TN 37918
Phone: 865-524-8079 Ext. 2
Email: financialaid@hchs.edu

  • Types of Federal Student Aid Available
    Huntington College of Health Sciences participates in the following federal student aid programs:
    • Federal Pell Grant
    • Federal Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Stafford Loans
    • Federal Direct PLUS Loans

Information regarding the various types of financial aid offered at HCHS is available at: http://www.hchs.edu/federal-student-aid.

  • Applying for Federal Student Aid
    Contact:
    Director of Financial Aid
    Email: financialaid@hchs.edu
    Phone: 865-524-8079 Ext. 2
    The following criteria must be met for a student to be eligible to participate in Federal Student Aid (FSA):
  • Be a regularly admitted student enrolled in an eligible program of study for the purpose of obtaining a degree
  • Be a U.S. citizen or national, or an eligible non-citizen (verification of eligible non-citizen status may be required)
  • Be a high school graduate or recognized equivalent (Official high school transcript or GED certificate is required for all undergraduate students)
  • Not be in default on a federal student loan or owe an overpayment on a FSA grant or loan
  • Not have borrowed in excess of the annual or aggregate loan limits for FSA
  • If the student is a male, he must be registered with the Selective Service
  • Meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards
  • Not be enrolled solely in remedial coursework
  • Not be currently enrolled in secondary school
  • Have a valid Social Security number
  • Not have been convicted of an illegal drug-related offense. If convicted, the student must visit FAFSA online to complete the FAFSA. The student will be asked about their drug conviction status and provided a “Drug Worksheet” to complete which determines eligibility. Additional help is available by calling 800-4FED-AID (800-433-3243)
  • Be enrolled at least half-time if applying to receive Federal Direct Loans
  • Not be incarcerated
  • Certify that FSA will only be used for educational purposes
  • Demonstrate financial need

Students must apply for federal student aid every year.  In order to determine financial aid eligibility complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid at fafsa.ed.gov.  Huntington College of Health Sciences Federal School Code is 042448. Information on applying for federal student aid to attend HCHS is available at http://www.hchs.edu/how-apply.

  • Student Loan Information
    All students must first apply for a FSA ID - Userid and Password to sign the FAFSA application. If you are interested in Federal Direct Loans, you are required to complete a Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loan Master Promissory Note (MPN) and Entrance Counseling. The MPN and the Loan Entrance Counseling can be completed at studentloans.gov. More information on federal student loans is available at http://www.direct.ed.gov/student.html.  Student loans must be repaid. For information on student loan repayment, please visit http://www.direct.ed.gov/inrepayment.html.
  • National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS)
    Federal student loan records of students and parents will be submitted to the National Student Loan Data System, and will be accessible by guaranty agencies, lenders, and institutions determined to be authorized users of the data system. Students and parents may view their loan record history online at www.nslds.ed.gov.
  • Preferred Lender List and Arrangements
    Huntington College of Health Sciences does not recommend, promote or endorse lenders for private education loans.
  • Federal Student Loan Repayment Example
    The terms of a student loan can vary depending on loan servicer, type of loan, interest rates, automatic payments and amount borrowed. Below is an example for various Stafford Loan amounts on a standard repayment schedule with a 10-year repayment period at the fixed interest rate of 6.8%. (*Payment amount are rounded to the nearest whole dollar)

Amount Borrowed

Current Monthly Payment
(based on 6.80%)*

$5,000

$58

$10,000

$115

$15,000

$173

$20,000

$230

$25,000

$288

$30,000

$345

$35,000

$403

$40,000

$460

$45,000

$578

$50,000

$575

$55,000

$633

$60,000

$690

$70,000

$806

$80,000

$921

$90,000

$1036

  • Student Loan Counseling
    Entrance counseling is required before you can receive your first Direct Subsidized Loan, or Direct Unsubsidized Loan as an undergraduate, or your first Direct PLUS Loan as a graduate/professional student. Exit counseling is required when you graduate, leave school, or drop below half-time. Exit counseling provides important information you need to prepare to repay your federal student loan(s). Entrance and Exit counseling are completed online at https://studentloans.gov/myDirectLoan/index.action. You will need your FSA ID to access entrance and exit counseling.
  • Attendance Policy
    Huntington College of Health Sciences is not required to take attendance, however, prior to receiving a federal student aid disbursement; HCHS will verify participation in each registered course at the end of week 1 in the term. The discussion forum posting and all Topic 1 assignments must be submitted at the end of week 1 in the term to validate attendance. Students who choose not to attend the first week will be institutionally dropped from the course and receive a grade of W for the course.
  • Disbursement of Financial Aid
    Financial aid is disbursed in two payments over the academic year (one disbursement each term). Funds will disburse on day 14 of the term if a student still meets all eligibility requirements. Funds are applied to tuition and fees first. If funds are in excess of account charges, a credit balance (stipend) will be issued within 14 days of disbursement. Students will receive a paper check via the USPS.
  • Rights and Responsibilities
    The Borrower Rights and Responsibilities are available at https://www.hchs.edu/summary-borrower-rights-and-responsibilities.
  • Student Loan Code of Conduct
    The Student Loan Code of Conduct is available at https://www.hchs.edu/student-loan-code-conduct.
  • Academic Year Requirements
    Huntington College of Health Sciences defines its academic year for undergraduate students as 24 credit hours of completion and 32 weeks of instruction. HCHS defines its academic year for graduate students as 18 credit hours of completion and 32 weeks of instruction. Students must successfully complete award year requirements prior to gaining eligibility for new annual loan limits. Successful completion means that the student has earned a passing grade or otherwise received credit for the credit hours in the payment period.
  • Remaining Eligible for Federal Student Aid
    In order to continue to receive federal student aid to attend Huntington College of Health Sciences, it is important students stay eligible. Students will need to continue to meet the basic eligibility requirements, maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress and fill out the FAFSA each year. HCHS’s Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy is available at http://www.hchs.edu/satisfactory-academic-progress-sap-policy. You must reapply for federal student aid each year at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
  • Federal Student Financial Aid Penalties for Drug Law Violations
    A conviction for any offense, during a period of enrollment for which a student was receiving Title IV, HEA Program (federal) funds, under any federal law involving the possession or sale of illegal drugs may result in the loss of eligibility for any Title IV, HEA grant, loan or work-study assistance (HEA Sec. 484(r)(1)); (20 U.S.C. 1091(r)(1)).

Contact us

If you have any questions regarding our nutrition degrees, courses or programs, you can contact us by phone or e-mail.

Address:  117 Legacy View Way
Knoxville, TN 37918

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