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Policies

Registration

To register at UCEDA International, students must please complete an Application Form, receive notification of acceptance by a school official, and pay a Registration Fee. Additional documentation will be requested for students who currently possess or will be applying for the F-1 student visa. Online applicants applying for initial status are charged a registration fee of $150. Students transferring from another institution who already possess F-1 visa status are charged only $100 at registration. All others, including change of status applicants, must pay the standard registration fee of $395. All registration fees are non-refundable. Payment of registration fees to UCEDA INTERNATIONAL does not guarantee approval of F-1 visa status by the United States federal government.

By submitting payment of the Registration Fee, you are agreeing to enroll in a program of study at UCEDA International. Your enrollment is subject to the school policies, terms and conditions listed here.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition rates are subject to change on an annual basis. A current table of tuition and fees may be found at https://uceda.edu/tuition.

As a convenience for the sponsors of students who plan to study longer than three months, tuition payments may be divided into monthly installments. An Initial Tuition Deposit for the final month of your program must be received prior to your Program Start Date. Timely payment of tuition and fees is a requirement for maintaining Active student status. For students paying tuition on a monthly basis, tuition is due on the 1st calendar day of every month. Any tuition payment that is not received by the second day of the month will be subject to a Late Fee of $30, which will increase by $1 per day until full payment is received. Lab fees or materials fees for each new course must also be paid on time. Failure to pay lab fees or materials fees during the first week of a new course will result in Late Fee penalties of $1 per day until payment is received.

Students who are more than 30 days overdue may be suspended from classes until their account is paid in full. This can affect your academic progress, and can lead to termination of student status, so please keep your account in good standing and come to class every day.

Withdrawal and Refunds

Due to the labor and systems involved in processing new student information and preparing required course materials, all fees are non-refundable: including Registration Fees, Lab Fees, and Late Fees. The required Deposit (last month’s tuition) is also nonrefundable, unless a prospective student has received pre-embassy advisement from UCEDA staff and his/her student visa application is denied, or the prospective student applies for a change of non-immigrant status with assistance from UCEDA staff and receives a denial letter from USCIS. For enrolled students who terminate their Intensive English Program earlier than planned, tuition payments can be refunded on a pro-rated basis according to the remaining unused months of tuition paid on the student’s account, minus the required Deposit (last month’s tuition) or $100, whichever is greater. All refund requests must be submitted in writing, within 30 days after the student’s withdrawal, termination, or denial. Please allow up to 30 days for processing and mailing.

Conduct

UCEDA International accepts students from all over the world, and we expect the highest level of mutual respect to be shown by everyone, and toward everyone.
The following behavior is unacceptable and will not be permitted on school premises:
  • All forms of bias – racial, ethnic, gender, disability – as manifested by abusive physical acts or verbal/written communication
  • Any sexual harassment or coercion
  • All forms of dishonesty – cheating, plagiarism, fraud, etc.
  • Intentional disruption of school activities
  • Theft or damage to school premises
  • Violation of any laws or other actions on school premises that conflict with educational objectives – alcohol consumption, smoking, etc.

Attendance

Come to class every day. For ultimate success in the program, students should take their attendance very seriously. In the event of an emergency, students are expected to notify the school by contacting the front desk before class. If absent or late for medical reasons, please make sure to bring or send a doctor’s note.

To qualify for student visa status (F-1), federal law requires that you must attend a full-time program of study, which is defined as 18 hours per week in an Intensive English Program. Federal law also allows tourists and certain other classes of nonimmigrants to enroll part-time in short courses of study. Where part-time or Semi-Intensive English Programs are offered, course schedules may vary.

F-1 visa students who expect to be absent for an extended period of time (multiple weeks) must notify and obtain authorization from a Designated School Official (DSO) in advance. In most cases, students may only be authorized to drop below a full-time course load for documented medical reasons. Students with less than 80% attendance will be placed on formal Probation. Students with unauthorized absences for 3 consecutive weeks, or less than 70% attendance over 3 months, may be automatically Terminated from the program. If your attendance is at risk, please meet with an Academic Adviser to resolve your attendance problem immediately. We offer a variety of flexible schedules, and we want you to have a positive experience living and studying in the United States.

Vacation

With the exception of two weeks at the end of December, UCEDA International is open every week of the year to offer students the most value in their education. However, after completing a minimum of 6 months of continuous study in the Intensive English Program, a student in good academic standing may choose to take a vacation. Only students who intend to register for the following course session are eligible for vacation. A decision by the student not to attend a portion of the annual program does not excuse the student from timely payment of monthly tuition installments. Provided that the student is in compliance with these Policies, UCEDA International will maintain the active student’s I-20 record during the Vacation period. Remember when you’re on Vacation, practice your English!

To qualify for vacation with F-1 visa status:

  1. –  Complete a minimum of 6 months of continuous study before vacation
  2. –  Provide written advance notice that you plan to take vacation
  3. –  Vacation can be authorized for 30 days, 60 days, or 90 days
  4. –  Vacation from your program may be taken only once per year
  5. –  Student must be in compliance with School Policies and tuition payments

Privacy

UCEDA International adheres to nationwide standards and regulations for the education industry related to the privacy of student records. As a policy, information from a student’s education record shall only be shared with the following parties, upon request:

  • –  the student;
  • –  the student’s sponsor;
  • –  school officials with a legitimate educational interest;
  • –  other schools to which a student is transferring;
  • –  specific officials for audit or evaluation purposes;
  • –  organizations conducting certain studies for or on behalf of the school;
  • –  accrediting organizations;
  • –  legal authorities in compliance with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena; and
  • –  appropriate officials in cases of health and safety emergencies

Reporting Requirements

Under federal law, F-1 visa students must report to the school regarding changes such as: changes to contact information; drop below full course of study; addition or loss of a dependent; enrollment in other institutions; applications for change of visa status; or early departure from the country. Federal law requires the school to report any violations of F-1 Student Visa regulations. F-1 students who are Terminated from their program of study also lose their eligibility for student visa status, and should depart from the United States within 15 days. To avoid this inconvenience, please discuss any concerns with a representative right away.

 

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