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Principles of Excellence Demonstration of Compliance

Executive Order 13607, signed April 27, 2012, by the President of the United States, established Principles of Excellence(POE) for educational institutions serving service members, veterans, spouses, and other family members. Eight Principles of Excellence are described in the Order.

Compliance with the POE is intended to ensure an institution provides meaningful information to prospective and current military associated students about the financial cost and quality of the institution; assist those students in making choices about how to use their Federal educational benefits; prevent abusive and deceptive recruiting practices that target the recipients of Federal military and veterans educational benefits; and ensure that the institution provides high-quality academic and student support services to the respective group of students.

Lane College complies with the Principles of Excellence. Our college is dedicated to continuing our long-standing partnership with military and veteran communities. Lane College is meeting the individual principles outline in the Principles of Excellence listed below.

Principle of ExcellenceHow Lane College Complies
1. Prior to enrollment, provide prospective students who are eligible to receive Federal military and veterans educational benefits with a personalized and standardized form, as developed in a manner set forth by the Secretary of Education, working with the Secretaries of Defense and Veterans Affairs, to help those prospective students understand the total cost of the educational program, including tuition and fees; the amount of that cost that will be covered by Federal educational benefits; the type and amount of financial aid they may qualify for; their estimated student loan debt upon graduation; information about student outcomes; and other information to facilitate comparison of aid packages offered by different educational institutions Lane College provides personalized award letters to all first-time freshmen students inclusive of service members, veterans, or family members. Also Lane College encourages students to use the Net Price Calculator that provides financial information to prospective students that offers costs and financial aid so they can make informed decisions about which postsecondary institution to attend.
2. Inform students who are eligible to receive Federal military and veteran's educational benefits of the availability of Federal financial aid and have in place policies to alert those students of their potential eligibility for that aid before packaging or arranging private student loans or alternative financing programs. Lane college emails all identified prospective students information regarding the availability of federal and state financial aid and VA benefits. Upon receipt of admission application, additional information is provided detailing the steps to apply for financial aid or VA benefits at the college to those applicants who declare their intent to utilize those benefits. Similar information is posted on the college's financial aid webpage.
3. End fraudulent and unduly aggressive recruiting techniques on and off military installations, as well as misrepresentation, payment of incentive compensation, and failure to meet State authorization requirements, consistent with the regulations issued by the Department of Education (34 C.F.R. 668.71-668.75, 668.14, and 600.9). Lane College does not, and has never, conducted fraudulent or aggressive recruiting on or off military installations or in any other venue, nor do we misrepresent ourselves, our programs or our mission. We do not pay incentive compensation to anyone for recruiting actions. Lane College meets all State authorization requirements consistent with those issued by the Department of Education.
4. Obtain the approval of the institution's accrediting agency for new course or program offerings before enrolling students in such courses or programs, provided that such approval is appropriate under the substantive change requirements of the accrediting agency.Lane College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate and baccalaureate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about Lane College's accreditation.
5. Allow service members and reservists to be readmitted to a program if they are temporarily unable to attend class or have to suspend their studies due to service requirements, and take additional steps to accommodate short absences due to service obligations, provided that satisfactory academic progress is being made by the service members and reservists prior to suspending their studies.Admitted students will be able to roll over their application during the duration of their compulsory service that prohibits them from attending Lane College as planned.
6. Agree to an institutional refund policy that is aligned with the refund of unearned student aid rules applicable to Federal student aid provided through the Department of Education under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as required under section 484B of that Act when students withdraw prior to course completion. Lane College follows the refund policy required for Title IV funding. Pursuant to T.C.A. § 49-7-2301 and 49-7-2302, students called to active military or National Guard service during the term are entitled to a 100% adjustment or credit of mandatory fees.
7. Provide educational plans for all individuals using Federal military and veterans educational benefits that detail how they will fulfill all the requirements necessary to graduate and the expected timeline of completion. When applying for admission each student veteran’s transcripts are provided an official evaluation of transfer. Students can receive up to 30 units for free electives based on ACE recommendations. Advisors or Registrar reviews completed degree requirements for each student at Lane College. Students meet with their advisor each semester prior to scheduling.
8. Designate a point of contact for academic and financial advising (including access to disability counseling) to assist service member and veteran students and their families with the successful completion of their studies and with their job searches.The Veterans Affairs and Disability Resource Program will be providing seminars on personal finances and academic skills workshops each semester. Melinda Richardson is the Academic Advisor for military and veteran students. Richardson can be contacted at mrichardson@lanecollege.edu or by phone 731-426-7600/731-410-6700.

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