Please read this Agreement in its entirety. It includes important information regarding our services as well as policies and rules related to Auburn University at Montgomery (AUM). In particular, we note that you will find the following information covered within the following provisions in this Agreement:
- Application Terms (Section 1)
- Enrollment; Tuition and Fees (Section 2)
- Deposit Refunds (Section 3)
- Tuition Refunds (Section 4)
- Legal (Section 5)
- Accommodations and Services (Section 6)
- Other Policies, Procedures & Requirements (Section 7)
- Miscellaneous (Section 8)
1. Transfer Credits: Students applying to AUM with post-secondary college credits are subject to additional requirements. If you are applying to AUM with possible transfer credits from a post-secondary institution outside of the US, please see the requirements here https://www.aum.edu/admissions/undergraduate-student-admissions/domestic-transfer-and-test-credits/. If you are applying to AUM with possible transfer credits from a US post-secondary institution, please see the requirements here https://www.aum.edu/transfer/. You acknowledge that AUM makes no representations and cannot guarantee that post-secondary college credits will be accepted.
2. Enrollment: Tuition and Fees
2.1 If you are admitted to AUM you will receive a written offer letter with details and instructions on accepting the offer and how to pay a deposit to reserve your enrollment.
2.2 Following payment of your Deposit, an invoice (the “Statement of Fees”) will be sent to you which will contain your remaining outstanding balance (the “Outstanding Balance”) and your payment due date. You acknowledge and agree that you will pay the Outstanding Balance shown on your Statement of Fees, including any banking or processing fees, by the indicated due date. AUM has the right to amend its prices from time to time and will provide you with notice of any amended prices via email or through other reasonable means.
2.3 Tuition Cost includes 12 credit hours of courses. Students who elect a course load of more than 12 credits are responsible for any additional amounts when the program begins. Additional fees based on your selected class schedule, such as labs, books, and other fees, will also be due at the time your program begins payable directly to the University. The fees and charges on your Statement of Fees reflect Spring and Fall semesters only. The Summer semester is optional, and any charges you incur must be paid directly to the University. You are personally responsible for ensuring that all fees and charges, including any fees payable by sponsors, are paid in full. If you do not pay on time, you will have a hold on your account and will not be permitted to register for courses until payment has been received. Students should note that it is their responsibility to pay fees and charges on time whether or not an invoice, notice or statement is received.
2.4 Failure to pay the Outstanding Balance by the due date may lead to penalties, including late fees, inability to gain access to housing, and a hold on your account that will prevent you from enrolling in classes. If you are unable to enroll in classes due to your failure to pay the Outstanding Balance and any applicable fees, you may violate the terms of your immigration status. More information regarding your obligations to maintain proper immigration status is included below.
2.5 Once you receive your visa, you are required to maintain proper F-1 visa status. To maintain proper F-1 visa status, you must comply with all applicable federal regulations related to study in the United States, including the pursuit of a full course of study. Please review AUM’s policies on student visa status. You will be in danger of losing your immigration status if you fail to maintain the necessary academic standing. Please be aware that scheduling and class attendance conflicts that arise from pursuing immigration status changes will not be accommodated and may prevent you from continuing your studies. You will be dismissed from AUM if you seek or obtain a change in your permanent residency after you begin your program.
2.6 Upon arrival on campus, you will be required to take an English language assessment test and math placement test. The results of the assessment test are used to determine placement in courses that are appropriate for your skill level, which may be different from your intended program. As a result, the length of study may be longer than originally anticipated and involve additional costs including tuition and other fees.
3. DEPOSIT REFUNDS. We will only refund your Deposit if you provide us with written notification and documentation showing that your visa application has been denied prior to the Move-In Date. Otherwise, we do not provide Deposit refunds. You must submit your deposit refund request within sixty (60) days following the Move-In Date. For the avoidance of doubt, we do not provide Deposit refunds for students who transfer their AUM-issued I-20 to another institution.
4.1 If you cancel your enrollment prior to your Move-In Date, you may request a full refund of tuition and fees paid, minus non-refundable fees, subject to the exclusions stated in the following paragraphs. After the start of the semester, you may be eligible for a partial refund calculated according to the table below. Non-refundable fees include, but are not limited to, your Deposit, and a $500 processing fee.
4.3 All refund requests (other than those for Deposit refunds) must be submitted within sixty (60) days following the date that you either complete or withdraw from your program. The request form can be found here. All refunds will be issued in United States Dollars, minus bank transfer and processing fees, including any fees incurred for a rejected payment, according to the exchange rate in place at the time of the refund. All refunds will be made to eligible parties within 60 days following receipt of an accurate and completed refund form.
4.4 In addition to the restrictions described above, no refunds will be given: (i) if you must withdraw due to your actual or anticipated change to permanent resident status (ii) for any housing-related fees, (iii) for any insurance-related fees, and (iv) in cases of dismissal, suspension, or expulsion. The cost of a meal plan is not refundable during the semester it is purchased, but you may be eligible to receive a meal plan refund for future semesters depending on the specific circumstances and in our sole discretion.
4.5 If you are granted a valid medical withdrawal tuition refund by AUM which is in conflict with this Agreement, we will honor that refund (minus non-refundable fees).
5.1 We have a legal obligation to comply with U.S. laws and regulations. We may use certain information you provided to us on your application to ensure our compliance with export and other regulations by screening you against lists prepared by federal government agencies, such as those prepared by the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the U.S. Department of the Treasury. You hereby consent to the transfer of your personally identifiable information to third-party screening services that we have retained solely to conduct such screenings.
5.2 In the event that any provision of this Agreement is found to be unenforceable, such provision will be reformed only to the extent necessary to make it enforceable, and the remainder will continue in effect, to the extent consistent with the intent of the parties as of the Effective Date.
5.3 Force Majeure. AUM and Shorelight LLC will not be liable in cases where AUM is unable to fulfill any services because of fire, natural disaster, disease or pandemic, national emergency, act of government, acts of war or terrorism, failure of suppliers or subcontractors, labor disputes or any other reasons which are beyond AUM’s control.
5.4 Liability: The liability of AUM, Shorelight Education, LLC, and their group companies, their directors, officers, employees, affiliates, agents and partners with respect to losses arising from negligence (except where such liability cannot be excluded as a matter of law), breach of contract or otherwise will be limited in all circumstances to the full amount paid to AUM, Shorelight Education, LLC, or the relevant group company by the relevant student. Such companies and persons will in no circumstances have any liability for indirect or consequential losses or damages. Any dispute, claim or other matter arising will be subject to the jurisdiction and laws of the Alabama without regard to the choice of law rules. Any legal suit, action or proceeding seeking to enforce any provision of, or based on any right or issues arising out of or related to these terms and conditions, shall be brought exclusively in the Federal District Court for the Middle District of Alabama. By
5.5 agreeing to these terms and conditions, the student consents to and accepts the jurisdictions of such courts for the purpose of any such action or proceeding and agree to waive any objection to venue being laid therein.
6. Accommodations and Services
6.1 Airport Transfers: Requests for airport transfer service should be made at least 2 weeks in advance of arrival by visiting www.auminternational.org/flight . Airport transfers are available for your initial arrival on campus for flights arriving at Montgomery Regional Airport. AUM cannot guarantee a reservation for a request made less than 2 weeks in advance.
6.2 Housing Accommodation and Meal Plan: A Housing reservation in approved AUM housing is optional, and you must indicate your choice on the AUM housing selection form. You must complete the housing selection form by the indicated date or you may be denied on-campus housing. AUM on-campus housing is given on a first-come-first-served basis, and AUM does not guarantee that you will receive a housing assignment, or that you will receive your first choice of housing selection. If you live in AUM housing, you will be bound by the Terms and Conditions of Occupancy that is attached to the housing selection form for the full duration of your occupancy. Payment for housing is due in full two weeks prior to the move-in date. Late housing payments or failure to pay housing costs may result in additional fees. You must purchase a meal plan. The cost of a meal plan is nonrefundable for the first semester of your Program.
6.3 Health Insurance: All international students studying at AUM are required to be covered by health insurance that meets the U.S. Government, Alabama, and AUM requirements. Not all services are covered, and the student is responsible for any outstanding balances for non-covered services.
6.4 At the time of application, you are required to purchase coverage from AUM’s designated health plan as a condition of enrollment.
6.5 You must have a completed a Student Health Center Mandatory Immunization Form documenting proof of immunity to Measles (Rubeola), Mumps and German Measles (Rubella) [MMR]; one Diphtheria/Tetanus booster within the past ten years; two doses of Varicella (chicken pox) vaccine; series of Hepatitis B vaccine; polio vaccine (if under the age of 18) and the Meningococcal vaccine. Mandatory Immunization Forms may be obtained at https://www.aum.edu/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/AUM-Immunization-Form-2021.pdf.
6.6 You must have completed immunization documentation prior to class registration to enroll in any courses.
6.7 The cost of health insurance is non-refundable.
7.OTHER POLICIES, PROCEDURES AND REQUIREMENTS.
7.1 Please familiarize yourself with Auburn Montgomery University’s calendar for holidays and vacations. Classes will not be held on designated school vacations and may be cancelled on public holidays. We do not provide refunds for classes not offered due to planned or unplanned school closures.
7.2 Absences: Failure to meet attendance requirements may lead to penalties, including loss of immigration status and deportation. You will not receive a refund if you lose immigration status due to class absences.
7.3 All students with a GPA or equivalent of 2.0-2.29 at the time of matriculation at AUM are required to take remedial math and English language courses. You may opt out of one or both courses only if you can provide an official SAT score of 480 or above for math (ACT 20 or above), and/or SAT 450 or above for English (ACT 18 or above).
7.4 You may be suspended or expelled if you violate any of AUM’s policies, rules, or regulations, which may result in the revocation of your immigration status.
8.1 AUM is a U.S. accredited university. If you wish to live and work in your home country, you may be required by your employer or your home country’s education authority to submit your degree for verification (sometimes called “validation” or “authentication”). It is your responsibility to determine what level of verification is needed and how to obtain it. While we do not guarantee that your Auburn Montgomery University degree will be verified outside of the United States, degree verification does not impact the validity or value of your degree in the United States. We also do not guarantee that credits earned at AUM will be transferrable to systems of higher education outside of the U.S. Whether and how much transfer credit to award you is in the discretion of each foreign institution.8.2 All internship and externship opportunities, such as CAP Premier, will be awarded by a third-party organization at such organization’s sole discretion.
8.3 F-1 Status: In order to maintain proper F-1 status, you must comply with all applicable Federal regulations related to study in the U.S., including pursuit of a full course of study. You will be in jeopardy of losing your immigration status if you fail to maintain the necessary academic standing. You may be reported to the SEVIS database of the DHS for any violation of your F-1 status by the Designated School Official. Your personally identifiable information, including course enrollment details and changes, and circumstances of any suspected breach by you of AUM’s policies may be shared with the DHS, AUM and accrediting agencies, designated authorities, your parents, and AUM’s designated facilitator, Shorelight Education LLC, its staff and agents.
8.4 Photography, Filming and Sound Recording: Shorelight Education, LLC and AUM or its representatives, affiliates, successors, and related companies may arrange to photograph or shoot video footage of students for purposes of advertising, public relations, and/or promotion in any medium throughout the world, including on social media sites and on the internet. If you do not wish to participate you must advise us in writing and state at the time of the photography or video shooting the wish not to participate. By accepting these terms and conditions you are indicating your consent to use these photographs or video footage without further consent or notifications unless you follow the above opt-out requirements.
8.5 FERPA: In accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), the undersigned student hereby permits AUM and Shorelight Education, LLC to disclose personally identifiable information, including educational records, financial information and, attendance records to student’s parent(s), guardian(s), sponsor(s), sponsorship bodies, and recruiter(s) with information pertaining to their application, academic progress, results, and attendance. These permissions will remain in effect during the undersigned student’s tenure at AUM unless the student submits a written revocation of this permission to AUM’s Office of the Registrar.