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Guide to Student Consumer Information

Mission: Ogeechee Technical College, a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, is a public institution of higher education that contributes to the economic, educational, and community development of its three-county service area of Bulloch, Evans, and Screven counties. Ogeechee Technical College provides technical education programs at the associate degree, diploma, and certificate levels utilizing traditional and distance education methodologies; student support services; adult literacy education; continuing education; and customized business and industry workforce training to the citizens of the communities it serves.

In accordance with federal regulations set forth by the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, this guide is sent to prospective students and all enrolled students to inform them of the availability of specific types of consumer information.  This Guide contains a brief description of important information about Ogeechee Technical College, financial assistance, graduation rates, campus security, student rights and responsibilities, voter registration, and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Printed copies of the information are available upon request.

Click here for a printable version (PDF format) of the Ogeechee Technical College Guide to Student Consumer Information.


FAMILY EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS AND PRIVACY ACT (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their educational records. They include the right to: 1) inspect and review these records; 2) request an amendment to the records; 3) consent to or restrict disclosures of personally identifiable information in the records; and 4) file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning the College’s alleged failure to comply with FERPA. Copies of the complete policies and procedures for reviewing educational records and requesting an amendment of the records may be obtained from the Registrar’s Office, 1 Joseph E. Kennedy Blvd., Joseph E. Kennedy Building, Statesboro, GA 30458.  The Ogeechee Tech FERPA Policy Statement is available on the Office of Registrar’s website.


VOTER REGISTRATION

Applications for voter registration for Georgia residents are available at the Student Affairs Center, Joseph E. Kennedy Building, and phone (912) 486-7221. Detailed voter information is also located at the Secretary of State website at www.sos.georgia.gov/Elections. Nonresident students may find voter information about their specific states through the U.S. Election Assistance Commission at www.eac.gov.


FINANCIAL AID

Descriptions of available federal, state, and institutional sources of student assistance, application procedures, eligibility criteria, recipient selection criteria and criteria to determine award amounts, methods of disbursement, terms and conditions of Federal Work-Study or loans, sample loan repayment schedule, employment opportunities, student rights and responsibilities, and satisfactory academic progress standards are available at the Financial Aid Office, Student Affairs Center, One Joseph E. Kennedy Blvd.,  Ogeechee Technical College, Statesboro, GA 30458; phone (912) 486-7402; or online.

Specific information about financial aid disbursements to student accounts, enrollment requirements for regular students, Federal Direct Student Loan entrance and exit counseling, student account refund calculations and  requirements for the return of Title IV grant or loan assistance by students who withdraw from the college are also available at the Financial Aid Office, Student Affairs Center, One Joseph E. Kennedy Blvd.,  Ogeechee Technical College, Statesboro, GA 30458; phone (912) 486-7402; or online.

A breakdown of the estimated cost of attendance used to determine student eligibility for federal student assistance is available at the Financial Aid website listed above and by clicking here. The Business Office provides program-specific costs of tuition and fees online.

Specific information about financial aid disbursements to student accounts, payment deadlines and the College refund policy is located at the Business Office, One Joseph E. Kennedy Building, JEK Annex Building, Statesboro, GA 30458; phone (912) 871.1643; or on the Business Office webpage.Business Office Home

Information regarding sample loan repayment schedules and the necessity of repaying loans is located within the Entrance Counseling session.

Information on student body diversity in the categories of gender and ethnicity of enrolled full-time Federal Pell Grant recipients can be found below under the student information section of this webpage.


FINANCIAL AID DISBURSEMENT POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

If funds are remaining after tuition and fees are deducted from earned Title IV funds, the Business Office will issue payment to the student for the remaining prior to the end of the term. Any student who is issued a Title IV refund and then found to have dropped or withdrawn from classes prior to completion of the 60 percent attendance point in the semester must return the unearned funds back to the College. Students who have amounts due will not be allowed to receive grades, transcripts, or register for classes until the amount owed is paid in full. Specific information about financial aid disbursements to student accounts can be found here.


NET PRICE CALCULATOR

The Net Price Calculator, located on the Financial Aid website, contains a College Cost Estimator. This feature will provide an estimate of typical expenses and financial aid to attend Ogeechee Technical College. The estimates may be used to help students determine “net cost” – likely out-of-pocket expenses to attend the College. For more details contact the Financial Aid Office, One Joseph E. Kennedy Blvd., Student Affairs Center, Statesboro, GA 30458; phone (912) 486-7402; or at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


TEXTBOOK INFORMATION

The Ogeechee Technical College Bookstore provides information about costs for required books each term. A student may utilize his/her course schedule information to search for the required texts for each course online. This book list can be used to purchase new and used textbooks for classes. For additional information or for a printed version of the book list, contact the College’s Bookstore, One Joseph E. Kennedy Blvd., Joseph E. Kennedy Building, Statesboro, GA 30458, phone (912)871-1648 or (912)871-1961; or online.


REFUND POLICIES

Students withdrawing from a course by the end of the third instructional day of the semester and no shows shall receive a 100% refund of applicable tuition (hours below the 15 hour tuition cap) and applicable refundable fees, excluding the application fee. Exceptions may be allowed for customized courses that do not follow the College’s standard academic calendar.

Students who withdraw from a course after the third instructional day of the semester shall receive no refund.

For those students receiving federal financial aid, Ogeechee Technical College shall make available Consumer Information that may be found at www.ifap.ed.gov under the appropriate aid year’s Handbook. Although there will be no refund of tuition and fees after the third instructional day, withdrawing students receiving the Federal Pell Grant will have awards adjusted in compliance with the Return of Title IV process (R2T4) outlined in the Federal Student Aid Handbook.

Refunds are made without the student’s request and within forty-five (45) days of the last day of attendance if written notification has been received from the student or from the date Ogeechee Technical College terminates the student or determines withdrawal by the student. When Ogeechee Technical College cancels a class or program, all of the tuition and fees collected in advance are refunded within forty-five (45) days of the planned start date of the class or program. For additional information contact the Business Office, One Joseph E. Kennedy Blvd., JEK Annex Building, Statesboro, GA 30458; phone (912) 871-1643; or online.

Refunds of Books and Supplies

Students MUST have a receipt to do an exchange or refund. Textbooks can be returned or exchanged during the first two weeks of class, or within seven days of purchase. Refunds will be refunded by original method of payment. New textbooks must be in original condition, free of bends, smudges, markings, indentions, or free of any kind of wear to be returned as a new book. Otherwise, the student will have the option to return it as a used book and receive the used book price for the return. Supplies and clothing can be returned within fourteen (14) days of purchase with receipt. They must also be returned in original condition free of any marks. If any signs of wear are detected, the item may not be returned or exchanged. These return policies also apply to online purchases.


COLLEGE WITHDRAWAL POLICY

The official College policy on withdrawal from courses is contained in the Ogeechee Technical College Catalog and Student Handbook, pages 59-60. Students should contact their academic advisor with questions about the academic impact of their withdrawal. Recipients of veterans’ education benefits, federal, and/or state of Georgia financial aid should contact the Financial Aid Office, One Joseph E. Kennedy Blvd., Student Affairs Center, Ogeechee Technical College, Statesboro, GA 30458; phone (912) 486-7402; or at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


INFORMATION ABOUT THE INSTITUTION

Descriptions of academic programs, degree offerings, instructional facilities and labs, and instructional personnel are available online from www.ogeecheetech.edu.

Ogeechee Technical College is accredited by the Commission of the Council on Occupational Education. Inquiries regarding accreditation should be addressed to the Council on Occupational Education, 7840 Roswell Road, Bldg. 300, Suite 325, Atlanta, GA 30350; phone (770) 396-3898; or at www.council.org

All other queries about programs, services, or admissions should be directed to Ogeechee Technical College at (912) 681-5500. More information about OTC’s program accreditations can be found here.

Information regarding requirements for admission to an academic program, the transfer student application process and the criteria the College uses regarding transfer credits earned at another institution is available in the Ogeechee Technical College Catalog and Student Handbook. The Catalog and Student Handbook and current addendums are available on CD and online. CDs are available in the Admissions Office, One Joseph E. Kennedy Blvd., Student Affairs Center, Statesboro, GA 30458; phone (912) 681-5500.


GRADUATION RATES

Graduation rates for Ogeechee Technical College first-time full-time undergraduate cohorts are published below under the student information section of this webpage and is also available from the Institutional Effectiveness Office, One Joseph E. Kennedy Blvd., Office 138, Joseph E. Kennedy Building, Statesboro, GA 30458; phone (912) 871-1616.


SERVICES AND FACILITIES FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

The Disability and Student Support Services Office coordinates and provides various academic and support services to students with disabilities as defined by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Information is available at the Disability and Student Support Services Office, One Joseph E. Kennedy Blvd., Office 171E, Joseph E. Kennedy Building, Statesboro, GA 30458; phone (912) 486-7211.


RETENTION RATES

Retention rates for Ogeechee Technical College first-time full-time undergraduate cohorts are published below under student information and also available from the Institutional Effectiveness Office, One Joseph E. Kennedy Blvd., Office 138, Joseph E. Kennedy Building, Statesboro, GA 30458; phone (912) 871-1616.


PLACEMENT INFORMATION

Online information on placement of and types of employment obtained by graduates of Ogeechee Technical College is located here. For information contact the Institutional Effectiveness Office, One Joseph E. Kennedy Blvd., Office 138, Joseph E. Kennedy Building, Statesboro, GA 30458; phone (912) 871-1616.


COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT

The policies and sanctions related to copyright infringement and liabilities students may face for unauthorized distribution of copyrighted materials is addressed in several locations. Copyright is addressed in the Intellectual Property Policy available online. It states that intellectual property produced on behalf of the College or using its resources should not “violate any law,” “violate or infringe any intellectual property right,” nor “libel, defame, or invade the privacy of any person or firm.” In addition to the copyright guidelines offered in the Library Services Plan and Intellectual Property Policy and Procedure, copyright is addressed in the Ogeechee Technical College policy II.C.4. Acceptable Computer and Internet Use available online and published in the Ogeechee Technical College Catalog and Student Handbook. This policy prohibits the use of College-provided computers and networks for the purpose of violating copyright or otherwise using the intellectual property of another individual or organization in violation of the law. Information about copyright infringement is available through the Ogeechee Technical College Library, One Joseph E. Kennedy Blvd., Joseph E. Kennedy Building, Statesboro, GA 30458; phone (912) 871-1606.


INSTITUTIONAL DRUG AND ALCOHOL POLICY

The Ogeechee Technical College Policy on Alcohol and Other Drugs is published annually in the Ogeechee Technical College Catalog and Student Handbook. The abuse of alcohol and the use of illegal drugs by members of the Ogeechee Technical College community are incompatible with the goals of the college. In order to further the College's commitment to provide a healthy and productive educational environment, and in compliance with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989, the college has established a policy on alcohol and other drugs. The college’s student conduct regulations prohibit the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of alcohol and other drugs by students and student organizations. Other alcohol‐related misconduct is also prohibited. The college also does not tolerate employee misconduct related to alcohol or other drug abuse. Sanctions are detailed for students and staff who violate this policy. For additional information, contact Ogeechee Technical College Director for Campus Safety and Security, One Joseph E. Kennedy Blvd., Office 105, Joseph E. Kennedy Building, Statesboro, GA, 30458; or phone (681) 681-5667.


EMERGENCY RESPONSE AND EVACUATION PROCEDURES

Effective communication is one of the major challenges in emergency management. The College has a comprehensive emergency notification system including alert beacons, desktop alerts, the “OTCAlert” emergency notification system, and campus-wide email system. Details about these methods of communication are available through the Campus Safety and Security Office, One Joseph E. Kennedy Blvd., Office 105, Joseph E. Kennedy Building, Statesboro, GA 30458; phone (912) 681-5667.


CAMPUS SAFETY AND CRIME

The primary concern of the College Police Department is the safety and security of all members of the campus community. In compliance with Section 485 (a) and (f) of the Higher Education Act, also known as the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, 20 U.S.C. 1092 (a) and (f), Ogeechee Technical College is required to disclose, on an annual basis, data on crimes committed on campus and campus safety policies and procedures. Among its provisions, this consumer protection law requires the school to collect, prepare, publish and distribute an annual statement of all campus security policies to all current and prospective students and employees. Included in this report are statistics concerning the occurrence of campus crime.

In compliance with federal law, the Campus Safety and Security Office makes available safety and crime statistics, a daily crime log and fire log. These logs are available for view by contacting the Campus Safety and Security Office, One Joseph E. Kennedy Blvd., Office 105, Joseph E. Kennedy Building, Statesboro, GA 30458; phone (912) 681-5667.


SCHOLARSHIP SCAMS

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) website contains important information for students and parents about scholarship scams. The FTC cautions the use of scholarship service agencies that say:

    • “The scholarship is guaranteed or your money back.”
    • “You can’t get this information anywhere else.”
    •  “I just need your credit card or bank account number to hold this scholarship.”
    • “We’ll do all the work.”
    • “The scholarship will cost some money.”
    • “You’ve been selected by a ‘national foundation’ to receive a scholarship” or “You’re a finalist” in a contest you never entered.

If you believe you have been the victim of scholarship fraud, wish to file a complaint, or want more information, call 1(877) 382-4357 or click here.


GAINFUL EMPLOYMENT (GE)

Final regulations published in the Federal Register on October 29, 2010, require institutions to report certain information about students who enrolled in Title IV eligible educational programs that lead to gainful employment in a recognized occupation (GE programs). Those regulations also provide that institutions must disclose to prospective students certain information about the institution’s GE programs. Gainful Employment information on all GE programs at Ogeechee Technical College. Individual program information is listed on each program page as well.

Student Information Section

Higher Education Opportunity Act Required Disclosures

Ogeechee Technical College: Higher Education Act Required Disclosure

The Higher Education Act includes several items of information that institutions are required to make available to current and prospective students. New disclosure requirements in the HEOA include:



(1) Any plans by the institution for improving the academic program:
Strategic Plan
 
(2) Student body diversity, including the percentage of full-time students who:


      (a) are male:  

      Additional Information about Fall Enrollment 2012

      Student Level

      Number

      Percentage

      Undergraduates

      715

      32%


      (b) are female:  

      Additional Information about Fall Enrollment 2012

      Student Level

      Number

      Percentage

      Undergraduates

      1,521

      68%


      (c) receive a Federal Pell Grant:  

      Additional Information about Fall Enrollment 2012

       

      Total Students

      Number

      Percentage

      Received Pell

      2,236

      1,535

      68.6%


      (d) who are self-identified members of a major racial or ethnic group:

      Total Students: 2,236

      Undergraduates

       

      Number

      % of Total

      American Indian

      5

      0.2%

      Asian

      18

      0.8%

      Black

      916


      41.0%

      Hispanic

      39

      1.7%

      Native Hawaiian

      2

      0.1%

      Two or More Races

      25

      1.1%

      Unknown

      3

      0.1%

      White

      1,228

      54.9%

      Non-Resident Alien

      0

      0.00%

 
(3) Information on the placement in employment of, and types of employment obtained by, graduates of the institution’s degree or certificate programs:

    Year of Graduation (2013)

     

    Number of Graduates*

    Seeking FT Employment

    Using Placement Services***

     

    Number

    Number

    %

    Number

    %

    Placement in-field**

    218

    140

    64.2%

    56

    25.7%

    Total Graduates

    894

    339

    37.9%

    40

    4.5%

    *Graduates only counted once even though two or more programs of study were completed.

    **Total number of “placed in-field” and “placed in-field/continuing education” graduates.

    ***Identified as utilizing any service provided by Career Services during AY2013:  training classes, resume assistance, use of Student Resource Center, work study assistance, career counseling, etc.

 
(4) The retention rate measures the percentage of first-time students who return to continue their studies the following fall:

    Additional Information:  (Began Fall 2011 and Returned in Fall 2012)

     

    Percentage

    Full-time

    55%

    Part-time

    45%

 
 
(5) Data on completion and graduation rates for students who:


      (a) receive a Federal Pell Grant
      (includes IPEDS cohort of students in all TCSG award levels):

      Additional Information: (Cohort Year-2005)

       

      Graduation

       

      Initial Cohort

      First year retention

      Within 2 years

      Within 3 Year

      Within 4 Years

      Number

      114

      54

      35

      13

      6

      Percentage

       

      47.37%

      30.70%

      11.40%

      5.26%


      (b) do not receive either a subsidized Federal loan or a Pell Grant
      (includes IPEDS cohort of students in all TCSG award levels):

      Additional Information: (Cohort Year-2005)

       

      Graduation

       

      Initial Cohort

      First year retention

      Within 2 years

      Within 3 Year

      Within 4 Years

      Number

      162

      80

      61

      82

      89

      Percentage

       

      49.38%

      37.65%

      50.62%

      54.94%

     

(6) Graduation Rate (Student Right to Know)


Disclosure of Institutional Graduation/Completion and Transfer-out Rates


Ogeechee Technical College is pleased to provide the following information regarding our institution's graduation/completion and transfer-out rates. The information is provided in compliance with the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, and is based on the most recent IPEDS Graduation Rate 200 component. The rates reflect the graduation, completion and transfer-out status of students who enrolled during the (2008-09) school year and for whom 150% of the normal time-to-completion has elapsed.
 
During the fall quarter of 2008, 194 first-time, full-time, certificate or degree-seeking Undergraduate students entered Ogeechee Technical College. After 3 years, (32%) of these students had graduated from our institution or completed their programs.

Program Integrity Complaint Process


Ogeechee Technical College desires to resolve student grievances, complaints and concerns in an expeditious, fair and amicable manner. If a resolution is not reached at the institution level, or if you believe that the nature of the complaint or its impact on the system as a whole warrants an immediate review by the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) administration, please contact the Student Affairs Coordinator at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 404.679.1692. Students residing outside of the State of Georgia who are taking an online course may also file a complaint with an agency located in their State. 

  1. To submit a student concern/complaint internally (at the local technical level) please follow Ogeechee Technical College's Student Grievances Procedures located in the Ogeechee Technical College Catalog and Student Handbook.
  2. Technical College System of Georgia: Student Concern/Complaint Instructions and Filing Process
  3. The Student Grievance Contact Information for Individual States

Ogeechee Technical College is accredited by the Commission of the Council on Occupational Education.

Last updated: 8/23/2013

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