Institutional Characteristics for less than 2-year program tuition reporters
Overview 
Institutional Characteristics Overview
 Welcome to the Institutional Characteristics (IC) component. This component collects important information about your institution's mission, admissions, student services, and student charges.

Much of the data reported on IC appear on College Navigator. Please report data correctly, as College Navigator is only updated one time after IC data have been reviewed, so errors may stay on the website for a full year.

Additionally, the cost of attendance data are used to calculate the net price of attendance in the Student Financial Aid component. This has important implications for what students see about your institution, and also for the College Affordability and Transparency lists.

Remember, it is the responsibility of the keyholder to provide NCES with accurate data about the institution. Please never hesitate to call the IPEDS Help Desk and ask for help to make sure that you are reporting correctly!
 
 Changes to This Year's Institutional Characteristics Component:
  • The prior year revision system for Institutional Characteristics is available ONLY for admissions data. Changes to cost can ONLY be made in the Student Financial Aid component.
 
   
 Reviews of the IC component data indicate a number of places where many people make errors. Please review the common errors listed below to ensure your institution does not make any reporting errors which may affect your institution's appearance to students and others. 
 
  • Question 2 should only be marked 'YES' if your institution is EXCLUSIVELY distance education. Do not mark 'YES' if your courses/programs are also available in person.
  • Do not try to outsmart fatal errors; this is falsifying data. Contact the Help Desk if you need an override, or fix the data.
  • Make sure you understand ALL definitions before responding to questions. For example, understand what it means to be 'OPEN ADMISSION' before indicating whether your institution is or is not 'OPEN ADMISSION' and make sure that you are reporting for an 'ACADEMIC YEAR' or 'PROGRAM' as defined by IPEDS.
 
   
 To download survey materials package for this component: Survey Materials

To see last year's data submission for this component: Reported Data
 
 

Part A - Mission Statement 
1. Provide the institution's mission statement or a web address (URL) where the mission statement can be found. Typed statements are limited to 2,000 characters or less. The mission statement will be available to the public on College Navigator.
 
Mission Statement URL:   
Please begin URL with "http://" or "https://"
Mission Statement
  
2. Are all the programs at your institution offered completely via distance education?
     Yes
   No                                                                                

Part B - Admissions and Estimated Enrollment 
1. Does your institution have an open admission policy for all or most entering first-time students?
If the only requirement for admission is a high school diploma or GED/other equivalent, your institution is still considered open admission. Institutions that require only an Ability to Benefit or similar test beyond the diploma/equivalent, and only reject a very small number of students based on the test, are also considered open admission.
If your institution does not have an open admission policy, you will be expected to answer additional questions (B2, B3, and B4) regarding your admissions procedures and admissions yield.
     Yes
   No                                                                                
These context notes will be posted on the College Navigator. You may use the space below to provide context for the data you've reported above. These context notes will be posted on the College Navigator website, and should be written to be understood by students and parents.
 

Part B - Admission Requirements and Services - Admission Considerations 
2. Please select the option that best describes how your institution uses any of the following data in its selection process.
 
Admission ConsiderationsRequiredRecommendedNeither Required nor RecommendedDon't Know
Secondary school GPA        
Secondary school rank        
Secondary school record        
Completion of college-preparatory program        
Recommendations        
Formal demonstration of competencies (e.g., portfolios, certificates of mastery, assessment instruments)        
Admission test scores
SAT / ACT
        
Other Test (ABT, Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
Note: If this is the only requirement other than a diploma or equivalent, and few students are not admitted due to this test, please return to question 1 and indicate that your institution is open admission.
        
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
        

Part B - Admission Requirements and Services - Selection Process 
3. Provide the number of first-time, degree/certificate-seeking students who applied, who were admitted, and who enrolled (either full- or part-time) at your institution for the most recent Fall period available. Include early decision, early action, and students who began studies during the summer prior to the selected fall reporting period.
Remember that this question is only applicable to first-time students, do not include other students in these totals.

Only report students at levels that you indicated were offered in the IC Header. If you made an error in the IC Header, please call the IPEDS Help Desk and correct your error.
Select reporting period:  Fall 2012            Fall 2013 
 
 MenWomenTotal
Number of applicants   
Number of admissions   
Number (of admitted) that enrolled full-time   
Number (of admitted) that enrolled part-time   
Total enrolled full-time and part-time      
Percent of admissions enrolled full-time and part-time      
 
 
4. If test scores are required for admission for first-time, degree/certificate-seeking students, provide the number and percentage of enrolled students submitting SAT and/or ACT scores, as well as the 25th and 75th percentile scores for each test. Provide writing test scores only if used for admission. Provide data for the most recent group of enrolled students for whom data are available. Include new students admitted the summer prior to the selected fall reporting period.
DO NOT convert test scores (e.g., do not convert an SAT score to an ACT scale, etc.). If you have numbers for both SAT and ACT scores, provide the percentiles for both tests.
Select reporting period  Fall 2012  Fall 2013  Test scores NOT required
Number of enrolled students that submitted SAT scores 
Percent of enrolled students that submitted SAT scores 
Number of enrolled students that submitted ACT scores 
Percent of enrolled students that submitted ACT scores 
 
 25th Percentile75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading  
SAT Math  
SAT Writing  
ACT Composite  
ACT English  
ACT Math  
ACT Writing  
These context notes will be posted on the College Navigator. You may use the space below to provide context for the data you've reported above. These context notes will be posted on the College Navigator website, and should be written to be understood by students and parents.
 

Part B - Estimated Fall Enrollment 
Estimated 2013 Fall Enrollment
Provide an early estimate of the institution's fall enrollment for all levels offered. Levels should match those indicated 'Yes' in the IC Header survey. If you made an error in the IC Header survey, please contact the Help Desk.

These data will NOT appear in College Navigator, but will be made available via the IPEDS Data Center.
Estimates should be based on the definitions used in the IPEDS Fall Enrollment component submitted during the spring collection (for academic institutions report an estimate of the students that are/will be enrolled as of October 15, 2013; for program reporter institutions report an estimate of students enrolled in your institution at any time between August 1 and October 31, 2013). Prior year (PY) Fall Enrollment counts are provided for reference.
  Full-timeFT PY Enroll-
ment
Part-timePT PY Enroll-
ment
Total
Students in academic or occupational programs        
Number of students reported above who are first-time students
        

Part C - Student Services - Special Learning Opportunities 
1. Does your institution accept any of the following? [Check all that apply]
 
     Dual credit (college credit earned while in high school)                    
   Credit for life experiences
   Advanced placement (AP) credits
   None of the above
 
2. What types of special learning opportunities are offered by your institution? [Check all that apply]
    
   ROTC
    Army                 Navy                 Air Force               
   Study abroad
   Weekend/evening college
   Teacher certification (for the elementary, middle school/junior high, or secondary level)

Do not include certifications to teach at the postsecondary level.
    Students can complete their preparation in certain areas of specialization
    Students must complete their preparation at another institution for certain areas of specialization
    This institution is approved by the state for the initial certification or licensure of teachers
   None of the above

Part C - Student Services - Distance Opportunities 
4. Which of the following selected student services are offered by your institution? [Check all that apply]
    
   Remedial services
   Academic/career counseling services
   Employment services for current students
   Placement services for program completers
   On-campus day care for children of students
   None of the above
  
5. Does your institution have its own library or are you financially supporting a shared library with another postsecondary education institution?
  
   Have our own library
   Do not have our own library but contribute financial support to a shared library
   Neither of the above
6. Indicate whether or not any of the following alternative tuition plans are offered by your institution.
 
  No
  Yes
  Tuition guarantee
  Prepaid tuition plan
  Tuition payment plan
  Other (specify in box below)
7. Please indicate at what level(s) your institution offers distance education opportunities (courses and/or programs).
    
   Undergraduate
   Graduate
   The institution does not offer distance education opportunities
These context notes will be posted on the College Navigator. You may use the space below to provide context for the data you've reported above. These context notes will be posted on the College Navigator website, and should be written to be understood by students and parents.
 

Part C - Disability Service 
Please indicate the percentage of all undergraduates enrolled during fall 2012 who were formally registered as students with disabilities with the institution's office of disability services (or the equivalent office).
     3 percent or less 
     More than 3 percent: %
These context notes will be posted on the College Navigator. You may use the space below to provide context for the data you've reported above. These context notes will be posted on the College Navigator website, and should be written to be understood by students and parents.
 

Part D - Student Charges Questions 
1. Are all full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking students required to live on-campus or in institutionally-controlled housing?
If you answer Yes to this question, you will not be asked to report off-campus room and board in the price of attendance (D7).

This is only a screening question, and your response does not show up on College Navigator.

If you make any exceptions to this rule, and have even one first-time, full-time student living off-campus, please answer No so that this does not cause conflicts with the Student Financial Aid survey. Making changes to the SFA component is very difficult and may lead to inaccurate reporting for your institution.
   No
   Yes, and we do not make ANY (even one) exceptions to this rule
3. Does your institution offer institutionally-controlled housing (either on or off campus)?
If you answer Yes to this question, you will be expected to specify a housing capacity, and to report a room charge or a combined room and board charge (D10).
   No
   Yes
 Specify housing capacity for academic year 2013-14
  
4. Do you offer board or meal plans to your students?
If you answer Yes to this question, you will be expected to report a board charge or combined room and board charge (D10).
   No
   Yes - Enter the number of meals per week in the maximum meal plan available
  
   Yes - Number of meals per week can vary (e.g., students' charge meals against a meal card)

Part D - Student Charges - Number of programs 
5. How many programs are offered at your institution?
Be sure not to report single courses, report only full programs. If you do not know what a program is, review the definition in the glossary or call the Help Desk.
   Number of programs                                         
 

Part D - Student Charges - Price of Attendance 
7. Cost of attendance for entering students
Please enter ALL amounts requested below. These data will be made available to the public on College Navigator. Estimates of expenses for books and supplies, room and board, and other expenses are those from the Cost of Attendance report used by the financial aid office in determining financial need. Please talk to your financial aid office to get the correct numbers to use for this report.
 
Note: The academic year length you report should be the same calculation used for required reporting for your Pell budget. This number will be used to calculate academic year costs for your institution and will impact your net price calculation. Please discuss this information with your student aid office to ensure accurate reporting.
LARGEST PROGRAM: 
 CIP Code 
 Title 
 Enter new largest programIf your largest program has changed from the one listed above, or if no program appears above, click the 'enter new largest program' link, choose a program and enter data for all three years. Note: if your institution participates in Title IV programs, you must complete all cells.
 How is your program measured?  Contact Hours  Credit Hours
 Total length of PROGRAM in contact or credit hours 
 Total length of PROGRAM in WEEKS, as completed by a student attending full-time 
 
  Total length of ACADEMIC YEAR (as used to calculate your Pell budget) in contact or credit hours 
  Total length of ACADEMIC YEAR (as used to calculate your Pell budget) in WEEKS 
 
If the institution charges an application fee, indicate the amount.
   AmountPrior year
 Application fee   
 

The following numbers need to be reported for the entire length of the program. For example, if your program is 18 months long, report 18 months worth of tuition, fees, books and supplies.

If your institution charges differently based on residence, please use in-state charges. The correct numbers should be available from your financial aid office.
These context notes will be posted on the College Navigator. You may use the space below to provide context for the data you've reported above. These context notes will be posted on the College Navigator website, and should be written to be understood by students and parents.
 

Part D - Student Charges - Price of Attendance - Calculated values 
7. Cost of attendance - Calculated values
Please review the numbers below for accuracy. If something looks incorrect, please go to the previous page and make sure all of the numbers reported on that page are correct. If you still do not think the numbers are correct, please contact the IPEDS Help Desk at 877-225-2568.
CIP CODE OF LARGEST PROGRAM  
TITLE OF LARGEST PROGRAM  
Published student charges for the entire program2010-112011-122012-132013-14 
 Tuition and required fees         
 Books and supplies         
On-campus:
 Room and board                                                 
 Other expenses         
 Room and board and other expenses         
Off-campus (not with family):
 Room and board                                                 
 Other expenses         
 Room and board and other expenses         
Off-campus (with family):
 Other expenses         

Part D - Student Charges - Program Data 
8. Please list your second through sixth largest programs and provide the requested information for each program. To enter a CIP code and program title, click on the select button, and then click on the program from the list provided. Choosing clear will remove the CIP code and title. Report the tuition and fees and the cost of books and supplies for the TOTAL LENGTH OF THE PROGRAM. Also report the length of the entire program in terms of contact or credit hours and provide the number of months it takes a full-time student to complete the entire program.
Note: The largest programs are the programs with the most students, not the programs with the longest lengths.
Please make sure to report all costs for each program. As with the largest program, costs are for the entire length of the program.If your institution charges differently based on residence, please use in-state charges.

Do not skip lines when reporting programs. Your 2nd largest program should be listed as 2nd, your 3rd as 3rd, etc.
 CIP CodeTuition and required fees Cost of books and suppliesTotal length of programProgram
Measurement
# of months to complete
1st            Contact hours Credit hours  
 Title  
2nd  select
clear
      Contact hours  Credit hours 
 Title 
3rd  select
clear
      Contact hours  Credit hours 
 Title 
4th  select
clear
      Contact hours  Credit hours 
 Title 
5th  select
clear
      Contact hours  Credit hours 
 Title 
6th  select
clear
      Contact hours  Credit hours 
 Title 
You may use the space below to provide context for the data you've reported above.
 
 

 
No Instruction has been specified.
 

Glossary date: 4/17/2014
Term Definition
25th percentile The score at or below which 25 percent of students submitting test scores to an institution scored.
75th percentile The score above which 25 percent of students submitting test scores to an institution scored.
Academic program An instructional program leading toward an associate's, bachelor's, master's, doctor's, or first-professional degree or resulting in credits that can be applied to one of these degrees.
Academic year The period of time generally extending from September to June; usually equated to 2 semesters or trimesters, 3 quarters, or the period covered by a 4-1-4 calendar system.
ACT ACT, previously known as the American College Testing program, measures educational development and readiness to pursue college-level coursework in English, mathematics, natural science, and social studies. Student performance does not reflect innate ability and is influenced by a student's educational preparedness.
Admissions (students admitted) Applicants that have been granted an official offer to enroll in a postsecondary institution.
Admissions test scores Scores on standardized admissions tests or special admissions tests.
Advanced placement (AP) courses College-level courses taught in high school. Students may take an examination at the completion of the course; acceptable scores allow students to earn college credit toward a degree, certificate, or other formal award.
Applicant An individual who has fulfilled the institution's requirements to be considered for admission (including payment or waiving of the application fee, if any) and who has been notified of one of the following actions: admission, nonadmission, placement on waiting list, or application withdrawn by applicant or institution.
Application fee That amount of money that an institution charges for processing a student's application for admittance to the institution. This amount is not creditable toward tuition or required fees, nor is it refundable if the student is not admitted to the institution.
Board charges Charges assessed students for an academic year for meals.
Board plan The method for providing meals to students during an academic year. Plans may include a specific charge for a specified number of meals per week or a specified amount against which students may charge their meals.
Books and supplies The average cost of books and supplies for a typical student for an entire academic year (or program). Does not include unusual costs for special groups of students (e.g., engineering or art majors), unless they constitute the majority of students at an institution.
CIP code A six-digit code in the form xx.xxxx that identifies instructional program specialties within educational institutions.
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) A taxonomic coding scheme for secondary and postsecondary instructional programs. It is intended to facilitate the organization, collection, and reporting of program data using classifications that capture the majority of reportable data. The CIP is the accepted federal government statistical standard on instructional program classifications and is used in a variety of education information surveys and databases.
Clock hour A unit of measure that represents an hour of scheduled instruction given to students. Also referred to as contact hour.
Comprehensive fee A single fixed amount of money charged by an institution that covers tuition, required fees, room, and board. For some institutions, this amount may also cover books and supplies.
Contact hour A unit of measure that represents an hour of scheduled instruction given to students. Also referred to as clock hour.
Counseling service Activities designed to assist students in making plans and decisions related to their education, career, or personal development.
Credit for life experiences Credit earned by students for what they have learned through independent study, noncredit adult courses, work experience, portfolio demonstration, previous licensure or certification, or completion of other learning opportunities (military, government, or professional). Credit may also be awarded through a credit by examination program.
Credit hour A unit of measure representing the equivalent of an hour (50 minutes) of instruction per week over the entire term. It is applied toward the total number of credit hours needed for completing the requirements of a degree, diploma, certificate, or other formal award.
Day care service A student service designed to provide appropriate care and protection of infants, preschool, and school-age children so their parents can participate in postsecondary education programs .
Degree/certificate-seeking students Students enrolled in courses for credit and recognized by the institution as seeking a degree, certificate, or other formal award. High school students also enrolled in postsecondary courses for credit are not considered degree/certificate-seeking.
Disability services Programs designed to provide reasonable academic accommodations and support services to empower students who have disabilities to competitively pursue postsecondary education. May also include assistance to campus departments in providing access to services and programs in the most integrated setting possible.
Distance education

Education that uses one or more technologies to deliver instruction to students who are separated from the instructor and to support regular and substantive interaction between the students and the instructor synchronously or asynchronously.

Technologies used for instruction may include the following: Internet; one-way and two-way transmissions through open broadcasts, closed circuit, cable, microwave, broadband lines, fiber optics, satellite or wireless communication devices; audio conferencing; and video cassette, DVDs, and CD-ROMs, if the cassette, DVDs, and CD-ROMs are used in a course in conjunction with the technologies listed above.

Doctor's degree-professional practice A doctor's degree that is conferred upon completion of a program providing the knowledge and skills for the recognition, credential, or license required for professional practice. The degree is awarded after a period of study such that the total time to the degree, including both pre-professional and professional preparation, equals at least six full-time equivalent academic years. Some of these degrees were formerly classified as first-professional and may include: Chiropractic (D.C. or D.C.M.); Dentistry (D.D.S. or D.M.D.); Law (J.D.); Medicine (M.D.); Optometry (O.D.); Osteopathic Medicine (D.O); Pharmacy (Pharm.D.); Podiatry (D.P.M., Pod.D., D.P.); or, Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.), and others, as designated by the awarding institution.
Dual credit A program through which high school students are enrolled in Advanced Placement (AP) courses, taught at their high school, that fulfill high school graduation requirements and may earn the student college credits .
Early action An admission plan that allows students to apply and be notified of an admission decision well in advance of the regular notification dates. If admitted, the candidate is not committed to enroll (unlike early decision). Students may reply to the offer under the college's regular reply policy.
Early admission A policy under which students who have not completed high school are admitted to and enrolled full-time in college, usually after completion of their junior year.
Early decision A plan that allows students to apply and be notified of an admission decision (and financial aid offer, if applicable) well in advance of the regular notification date. Applicants agree to accept an offer of admission and, if admitted, to withdraw their applications from other colleges. There are three possible decisions in response to such an application: admitted, denied, or not admitted but forwarded for consideration with the regular applicant pool, without prejudice.
Employment services for current students Activities intended to assist students in obtaining part-time employment as a means of defraying part of the cost of their education.
First-time student (undergraduate) A student who has no prior postsecondary experience (except as noted below) attending any institution for the first time at the undergraduate level. This includes students enrolled in academic or occupational programs. It also includes students enrolled in the fall term who attended college for the first time in the prior summer term, and students who entered with advanced standing (college credits earned before graduation from high school).
Full-time student Undergraduate: A student enrolled for 12 or more semester credits, or 12 or more quarter credits, or 24 or more contact hours a week each term. Graduate: A student enrolled for 9 or more semester credits, or 9 or more quarter credits, or a student involved in thesis or dissertation preparation that is considered full-time by the institution. Doctor's degree - Professional practice - as defined by the institution.
GED (General Educational Development) This term normally refers to the tests of General Educational Development (GED), which provide an opportunity to earn a high school credential. The GED program, sponsored by the American Council on Education, enables individuals to demonstrate that they have acquired a level of learning comparable to that of high school graduates.
Governing board An entity that ensures on behalf of the public the performance of an institution or a group of institutions. Responsibilities of the board may include appointing, supporting, and monitoring the president of the institution; reviewing educational and public service programs; insisting on strategic planning; and, ensuring good management and adequate resources.
Graduate student A student who holds a bachelor's degree or above and is taking courses at the postbaccalaureate level. These students may or may not be enrolled in graduate programs.
High school diploma or recognized equivalent A document certifying the successful completion of a prescribed secondary school program of studies, or the attainment of satisfactory scores on the GED or another state specified examination.
Housing capacity The maximum number of students for which an institution can provide residential facilities, whether on or off campus.
In-district student A student who is a legal resident of the locality in which he/she attends school and thus is entitled to reduced tuition charges if offered by the institution.
In-district tuition The tuition charged by the institution to those students residing in the locality in which they attend school. This may be a lower rate than in-state tuition if offered by the institution.
In-state student A student who is a legal resident of the state in which he/she attends school.
In-state tuition The tuition charged by institutions to those students who meet the state's or institution's residency requirements.
Institutionally controlled housing Any residence hall or housing facility located on- or off-campus that is owned or controlled by an institution and used by the institution in direct support of or in a manner related to, the institution's educational purposes.
Library An organized collection of printed, microform, and audiovisual materials which (a) is administered as one or more units, (b) is located in one or more designated places, and (c) makes printed, microform, and audiovisual materials as well as necessary equipment and services of a staff accessible to students and to faculty. Includes units meeting the above definition which are part of a learning resource center.
Net price The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 defines institutional net price as "the average yearly price actually charged to first-time, full-time undergraduate students receiving student aid at an institution of higher education after deducting such aid." In IPEDS, average institutional net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant and scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state for public institutions), books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses. Cost of attendance data are collected in the Institutional Characteristics (IC) component of IPEDS, and financial aid data are collected in the Student Financial Aid (SFA) component of IPEDS.
Off-campus (not with family) A living arrangement in which a student does not live with the student's parents or legal guardians in any housing facility that is not owned or controlled by the educational institution.
Off-campus (with family) A living arrangement in which a student lives with the student's parents or legal guardians in any housing facility that is not owned or controlled by the educational institution.
Off-campus housing Any housing facility that is occupied by students but is not owned or controlled by the educational institution.
On-campus housing Any residence hall or housing facility owned or controlled by an institution within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area and used by the institution in direct support of or in a manner related to, the institution's educational purposes.
Open admission Admission policy whereby the school will accept any student who applies.
Other expenses The amount of money (estimated by the financial aid office) needed by a student to cover expenses such as laundry, transportation, and entertainment.
Out-of-state student A student who is not a legal resident of the state in which he/she attends school.
Out-of-state tuition The tuition charged by institutions to those students who do not meet the institution's or state's residency requirements.
Part-time student Undergraduate: A student enrolled for either less than 12 semester or quarter credits, or less than 24 contact hours a week each term. Graduate: A student enrolled for less than 9 semester or quarter credits.
Placement services for program completers Assistance for students in evaluating their career alternatives and in obtaining full-time employment upon leaving the institution.
Postsecondary education institution An institution which has as its sole purpose or one of its primary missions, the provision of postsecondary education.
Prepaid tuition plan A program that allows students or their families to purchase college tuition or tuition credits for future years, at current prices.
Program A combination of courses and related activities organized for the attainment of broad educational objectives as described by the institution.
Remedial services Instructional activities designed for students deficient in the general competencies necessary for a regular postsecondary curriculum and educational setting.
Required fees Fixed sum charged to students for items not covered by tuition and required of such a large proportion of all students that the student who does not pay the charge is an exception.
Room charges The charges for an academic year for rooming accommodations for a typical student sharing a room with one other student.
SAT Previously known as the Scholastic Aptitude Test, this is an examination administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and used to predict the facility with which an individual will progress in learning college-level academic subjects.
Shared library A facility housing an organized collection of printed, microform, and audiovisual materials, and (a) is jointly administered by more than one educational institution, or (b) whose funds or operating expenditures have been received from more than one educational institution. The location of the facility is not a determining factor.
Standardized admissions tests Tests prepared and administered by an agency that is independent of any postsecondary education institution. Tests provide information about prospective students and their academic qualifications relative to a national sample. Examples are the SAT and the ACT.
Study abroad Arrangement by which a student completes part of the college program studying in another country. Can be at a campus abroad or through a cooperative agreement with some other U.S. college or an institution of another country.
System An organization of two or more institutions of higher education under the control or supervision of a common administrative governing body. Governing bodies generally have the power to act in their own name, to hire and fire personnel, enter into contracts, etc. A coordinating body without these powers or a section of a state agency usually would not be considered a system office.
Teacher certification program A program designed to prepare students to meet the requirements for certification as teachers in elementary, middle/junior high, and secondary schools.
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) The standardized test designed to determine an applicant's ability to benefit from instruction in English.
Transcript An official record of student performance showing all schoolwork completed at a given school and the final mark or other evaluation received in each portion of the instruction. Transcripts often include an explanation of the marking scale used by the school.
Tuition The amount of money charged to students for instructional services. Tuition may be charged per term, per course, or per credit.
Tuition and fees (published charges) The amount of tuition and required fees covering a full academic year most frequently charged to students. These values represent what a typical student would be charged and may not be the same for all students at an institution. If tuition is charged on a per-credit-hour basis, the average full-time credit hour load for an entire academic year is used to estimate average tuition. Required fees include all fixed sum charges that are required of such a large proportion of all students that the student who does not pay the charges is an exception.
Tuition guarantee A program where the institution guarantees, to entering first-time students, that tuition will not increase for the years they are enrolled. These guarantees are generally time-bound for four or five years.
Tuition payment plan A program that allows tuition to be paid in installments spread out over an agreed upon period of time, sometimes without interest or finance charges.
Undergraduate A student enrolled in a 4- or 5-year bachelor's degree program, an associate's degree program, or a vocational or technical program below the baccalaureate.
Weekend/evening college A program that allows students to take a complete course of study and attend classes only on weekends or only in the evenings.