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Registration, Tuition & Fees
Financial Aid (Grants, Loans and Scholarships)
Standards of Academic progress (SAP)
Academic Assessment and Grades
Academic Honors and Awards

 

 

 

General Requirements

To be eligible for admission to Boricua College a prospective student must:

  • Be at least seventeen years of age.
  • Be a high school graduate, or have the equivalent of a high school diploma.
  • Pass a written entrance examination and an oral interview examination given by an Admissions Committee of the Faculty.

Recognizing that most Boricua students may be employed, full or part-time, throughout their undergraduate studies, employment in the form of supervised internships and clinical residence may be included as a vital part of the College’s educational program. A prospective student must therefore be ready and able, with assistance from Faculty Facilitators, to build course-work, home, family, community and employment into an integrated program of educational growth and development.

Application Procedures
The academic year at Boricua is made up of three sessions: 1) the Fall; 2)Spring - regular sessions each comprised of fifteen (15) weeks session and 3) the Summer session - comprised of eight (8) weeks. Students may begin their studies in September for the Fall session and in January for the Spring session. The specific dates for each session are indicated in the Academic Calendar.

  1. Submit a completed Application Form, along with a non-refundable fee to the Admissions Department at one of the following locations:
     

    Manhattan - Audubon Terrace Campus
    3755 Broadway (156 Street)
    New York, NY 10032

    Attn: Ismael Sanchez - Admissions Director

    (212) 694-1000, ext. 675

    Bronx Campus at Melrose Commons

    890 Washington Avenue
    Bronx, NY 10451

    Attn: Abraham Cruz - Vice President of

    Admissions and Enrollment Management

    (347) 964-8600, ext. 360

    Brooklyn Campus - Northside
    186 North 6th Street
    Brooklyn, NY 11211

    Attn:  Frank Serrano - Admissions Senior Officer

    (718) 782-2200, ext. 213

    Brooklyn Campus – Graham
    9 Graham Avenue
    Brooklyn, NY 11206

    Attn: Aurea Morales

    (718) 963-4112, ext. 543

 

2. Contact all high schools, colleges and/or other post-secondary institutions previously attended, and request that an Official Academic Transcript and Financial Aid Transcript be forwarded directly to the Admissions Department.

3. Submit two (2) Letters Recommendation.

4. Submit Immunization record.

5. Have an interview with an Admissions Counselor; receive financial aid information; from a financial aid counselor. (See also academic requirements for federal and state financial aid in the section on “Financial Aid”).

6. Complete a written diagnostic examination to guide the faculty in designing a suitable educational program.

7. Complete an individual or group oral interview conducted by an Admissions Committee of the faculty. The Admissions Committee makes the final decision regarding prospective student’s ability to function in the College’s programs. Decisions are based primarily on the Committee’s judgment regarding the candidate’s:

  1. Academic competence and ability to devote full-time to college level studies.
  2. Ability to integrate academic, employment, family and community responsibilities into a coherent program of educational development.
  3. Maturity and discipline to assume progressively greater responsibilities for academic planning, development and evaluation.
  4. Genuine interest in problems and needs of their community.
 
8. Following review of an applicant’s file, written notification of admissions is mailed to the applicant. Detailed policies regarding admissions may be found in this catalog [in the pages that follow as well as Chapter 3] and in the manual of procedures of the Admissions Department.

 

 

The Core Curriculum Requirements
All students must complete the requirements of the Core Curriculum – the Liberal Arts and Sciences-Generic Studies Program as a prerequisite component of the Bachelors of Science and Bachelors of Arts degree programs.

Special Departmental Requirements
Each academic department has the right to specify additional academic requirements for students entering an upper division major program. It is strongly suggested that students consult with the Department Chairperson before embarking on a major program of study.

Transfer Students
The College may accept courses transferred from another institution accredited by appropriate accrediting agencies of the United States, with a grade of “C” or above. These courses are accepted by Boricua in order to recognize a students prior efforts to complete their studies.

Because of Boricua’s unique educational model, however, these transferred courses may not substitute for the specific requirements of each of Boricua’s academic program majors. In some instances, transferred courses may fulfill the “Electives” components of a major area of study.

  • Courses over seven years old may be rejected from consideration.
  • Decisions regarding transferred courses are made only by the Director of Registration and Assessment of the College.

Transitional Student Requirements
Transfer students who have completed an Associate of Arts degree or 45 liberal arts credits in another institution, that include at least 6 credits of mathematics, 6 credits of English and 3 credits of a natural science may be considered a TRANSITIONAL STUDENT with special opportunities. They may be accelerated into an upper division major area of study after completion of one term in the Generic Studies Program with a grade point average of at least 2.00, complete one set of Instructional Modules, demonstrate a level of cognitive and affective development close to Mastery, good attendance and receive the recommendation of the Chairperson of the LAS – Generic Studies Program.

Special Admits
Students without a high school diploma or General Equivalency Diploma (GED) or other special conditions, may be admitted as a “Special Admit.” Special Admits must pass an “Ability to Benefit” exam (ATB) and complete twenty-four (24) college credits in order to receive a GED. The twenty-four credits are based on New York State Education Department requirements. A detailed list of courses required for the GED may be obtained from the Department of Registration and Assessments.

Language Policy
The College provides all instruction in English and requires all student work to be written in English. Bilingual education at Boricua College means that the faculty is bilingual and students may therefore request clarification of a concept or statement in Spanish and the faculty has the obligation to clarify in Spanish as needed.

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Academic Calendar
The academic year consists of Fall and Spring terms of fifteen weeks each, and a Summer term of eight weeks. The College considers 38 weeks of continuous instruction to be crucial in enabling adult working students to graduate in optimum time while providing them with a wide range and depth of learning opportunities.

Tuition and Fees
Boricua College is a private, non-profit institution of higher education. Tuition charges and Fees are established for the year by the Board of Trustees and may be adjusted by the Board each year based on the costs of academic programs and administration. Tuition is charged on per-term basis, payable in full on Registration day. Until such payment is received, or other arrangements made with the Bursar, a student may not register for the academic term. Gifts and grants received by the College are used towards scholarships to the extent permitted by donors and other sources.

Net Price Calculator Tool - This calculator will allow you to calculate an estimated net price at Boricua College, defined as cost (price) of attendance minus grant and scholarship aid.

Tuition for 2013-14 AY:

Manhattan and Brooklyn Campus Tuition

  • Undergraduate: $9,500 (Fall & Spring Terms), an additional $2,000 (Summer Term)
  • Graduate: $11,000

Bronx Campus Tuition

  • Undergraduate: $10,000 (Fall & Spring Terms), an additional $2,000 (Summer Term)
  • Graduate: $12,000

Tuition for International Students (F-1 Visa Holders, only)

  • Undergraduate: $13,750 (Fall & Spring Terms), an additional $3,000 (Summer Term)
  • Graduate: $18,750

Registration Procedures
Prior to each term, eligible students are notified by mail about the dates and times of registration. Newly admitted students, and students in good academic standing during the previous six (F/S) academic terms, are allowed to register. Other students must complete a re-admissions procedure. On registration day every student is assigned a Faculty Facilitator who will serve as academic advisor and primary instructor. A student must complete the registration procedure in order to receive academic credit.

Pre-Requisites Courses
A pre-requisite course is one that prepares a student for advanced courses in a chosen field. Pre-requisites and requirements are determined by each department for each academic program and may be waived at the request of the Department Chairperson and upon signed approval by a senior academic administrator.

Change of Class after Registration
Students may change their courses by submitting a Change of Class form to the Department of Registration and Assessments: These changes are accepted only within the first three weeks of the Fall and Spring terms, and within the first week of the Summer term.

Official Withdrawal and Reduction of Tuition
Students are required to register for full-time study. They may withdraw from the College after registration by submitting an Official Withdrawal Form issued by the Department of Registration and Assessments. Faculty Facilitators or administrators are not authorized to withdraw students.

An official withdrawal within the first three weeks of the term may result in a reduction of tuition charges as follows: 

Week 1 = 25% of Tuition

Week 2 = 50% of Tuition

Week 3 = 75% of Tuition

Week 4+ = 100% Tuition

Partial Withdrawal (Does Not Affect Tuition)
If for special personal reasons a student may need to reduce their course workload, they may withdraw from either the Theoretical or Cultural Studies course and still remain in good academic standing. They may not, however, reduce their credit load below 12 credits, and cannot withdraw from Individualized Instruction courses or Colloquium. Partial withdrawal does not result in a reduction of tuition charges for the total term.

It is important to note that the Federal government will withdraw a student’s Federal Grant and Direct Loans tuition aid grant if their attendance falls below a certain level. (See Page 28).

Student’s Academic Workload
A student’s workload consists of Contact Time with Faculty, and Supplementary Assignments based on the Commissioner’s Regulations 50.1(o) for a 15 week academic term as noted below.

Course Area
Maximum No. of Students per Session
Credits
15-Weeks
Contact
Hours
per Week
Supplementary
Assignments
per Week
Individualized Instruction
1
4
1 hour
11 hours
Colloquium
11
3
2.5 hours
5 hours
Experiential Studies*
20
2-3
2 hours/2.5 hours
4 hours/5hours
Theoretical Studies
20
3
2.5 hours
5 hours
Cultural Studies
30
3
2.5 hours
5 hours

*Experiential Studies courses at the baccalaureate level are three (3) credits, requiring two and a half (2.5) Contact Hours and five (5) Hours of Supplementary Assignments per week.

Disenrollment by the Administration
Boricua College’s programs are designed to permit students of differing capacities to progress toward a degree at their own pace. Occasionally, a student’s progress is so limited as to make disenrollment from the college clearly in the student’s and the College’s best interest. If a student’s progress is judged as not likely to improve in the foreseeable future, the Assessment Committees and Department Chairpersons may advise the student to withdraw from the College for one or more terms.

Cancellation of Courses
In case of insufficient registration in a particular course (defined as less than 15 students), the College is not obligated to offer that course. If a course is cancelled because of insufficient enrollment, students may be enrolled in another course.

Student-Requested Courses
Students needing a particular course not offered in a forthcoming term may consult with the department Chairpersons. Generally, courses listed in the catalogue are provided if there is indication from the academic administrators that the course is needed, or if at least 15 students sign a petition requesting that it be offered. Such requests must be made at least five weeks before the beginning of the term.

ID Cards (Identification Cards)
The Department of Registration and Assessment distributes ID cards to new admits, and validates identification cards during the second week of the term for all continuing students. All students must present a copy of their Tuition Charges Statement to either receive or validate an ID card. They must consult with the Department of Registration and Assessment for replacement fee for lost ID.

Books and Supplies
Cost of books and supplies are approximately $400 per year. Students may request to have book costs, supplies and other necessary items deducted from their financial aid awards.

Other specific policies regarding registration and matriculation may be found in the Department of Registration and Assessments.

Although Boricua has no guarantee of regular support from outside sources, the College accepts the challenge of making its educational programs available to all who need and want to study. Meeting this challenge means students must be willing to apply for financial assistance from government and private sources. The staff of the Financial Aid Department assists students in developing the best possible package of financial assistance including grants, scholarships, loans, and other sources:

General Eligibility Requirements
In order to receive assistance from the Student Financial Aid (SFA) programs, a student is required to meet the following basic requirements:

  • U.S. Citizenship or eligible non-citizen status.
  • Regular Enrollment in an eligible program.
  • Academically Qualified for post-secondary level education.
  • Maintain Satisfactory academic progress in the chosen course of study.
  • Signed certifications regarding:
    • Updated accurate personal information
    • Registration status
    • Statement of Educational Purpose
    • Refunds and defaults
    • Compliance with loan repayment schedules for SFA grants/loans.
    • No SFA defaults
    • Has not borrowed in excess of loan limits
    • Registration with the Selective Service, if required
    • Demonstrate Financial need
    • Transfer students must provide the College with a Financial Aid Transcript

In addition to these general requirements, some financial aid programs may have other requirements.

Grants
These financial awards are given to students who fulfill academic and financial need criteria established by the Federal and State governments and the College’s administration:

  • Federal Grant and Direct Loans are awarded to eligible students for tuition, books and other educational costs.
  • TAP New York State Tuition Assistance Program awards to eligible students to cover tuition costs.
  • FSEOG Federal Supplementary Educational Opportunity Grants help students with exceptional need pay for their education. Eligibility is dependent on financial need and satisfactory academic progress. (See FSEOG procedures.)

Boricua College Scholarship (BCS)

Criteria for Eligibility and Selection:

  • Academic Excellence: A student must be in good academic standing and should have acquired 12-15 credits per term with acceptable G.P.A.
  • Financial Need: This is a Non Need-Based Fund therefore distribution of funds will be determined based on tuition costs after all conventional financial sources have been exhausted.
  • Procedure: The College will notify the student of the intended award. If student accepts the award, the students account is credited via a financial aid award letter.
  • Priority: Preference may be given to students:
    1. In Bachelors and Masters Programs.
    2. Who may have exhausted all conventional SFA award eligibility.
    3. Determined ineligible based on SFA agencies conventional methodology formulas.
    4. With recommendations from academic administrators and Faculty Facilitators.

Loans

Due to the spiraling costs of higher education most college students in the United States have found it necessary to finance at least a portion of their educational costs through long-term loans. Boricua students may turn to the following lending sources to round out their financial aid packages:

  • William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) - Direct Loans are low-interest loans for students and parents to help pay for the cost of a student's education after high school. The lender is the U.S. Department of Education (the Department) rather than a bank or other financial institution.

  • Alternative Loans administered through private banks and other lending institutions with basic requirements similar to those of FFEL---(see above). These loans are independently regulated and monitored by the banks and lending institutions with repayments schedules and repayment alternatives all governed by the lenders. All procedures to apply for these loans are in fact similar to that of the Federal Regulated Student loans. They include extensive Entrance and Exit Counseling, and other factors and procedures analogous to those in federally regulated loans.
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Other Financial Resources

  • The Federal Work Study Program (FWS) provides eligible students with funds for meeting educational costs. It further provides an opportunity to gain work experience in community and professional settings.

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Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) – Financial Aid Criteria
The chart below summarizes the student academic progress over the years of study for the baccalaureate degree requiring a minimum of 132 credits over 5 years of study. New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (NYHESC) regulations for financial aid purposes require a student to register for a minimum of 12 credits or more per term in order to be on full time status in the Fall and Spring terms, and minimum of 8 credits in the Summer term.

BORICUA COLLEGE SATISFACTORY ACADEMIC PROGRESS CHART
PROGRAM: ASSOCIATE DEGREE

Calendar:  Semester
BEFORE BEING CERTIFIED FOR THIS PAYMENT:
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
6th

A STUDENT MUST HAVE ACCRUED AT LEAST

THIS MANY CREDITS:

0
6
15
30
45
60
WITH AT LEAST THIS GRADE POINT AVERAGE:
0
1.5
1.8
2.0
2.0
2.0

TAP EMERGENCY ENACTMENT ACT Effective 2013-2014 Academic Year

BORICUA COLLEGE SATISFACTORY ACADEMIC PROGRESS CHART
PROGRAM: BACCALAUREATE DEGREE

Calendar:  Semester
BEFORE BEING CERTIFIED FOR THIS PAYMENT:
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
6th
7th
8th
9th
10th
A STUDENT MUST HAVE ACCRUED AT LEAST THIS MANY CREDITS:
0
6
15
30
45
60
75
90
105
120
WITH AT LEAST THIS GRADE POINT AVERAGE:
0
1.5
1.8
2.0
2.0
2.0
2.0
2.0
2.0
2.0

TAP EMERGENCY ENACTMENT ACT Effective 2013-2014 Academic Year

Program Pursuit Policy for Financial Aid
Program pursuit is defined as receiving a passing or failing grade in a certain percentage of a full-time course load in each term for which an award is received. The percentage increases from 50% of the minimum full-time course load in each term of study in the first year for which an award is received, to 75% of the minimum full-time course load in each term of study in the second year for which an award is received, to 100% of the minimum full-time course load each term thereafter.

 

PROGRAM PURSUIT PROGRESS CHART

 
1st year
2nd year
3rd year
4th year
BEFORE BEING CERTIFIED FOR THIS PAYMENT:
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
6th
7th
8th
9th
10th
11th
12th
PROGRAM PURSUIT:
50% of full time
75% of full time
100% of full time
100% of full
time
MINIMUM REQUIREMENT:
6 credits
9 credits
12 credits
12 credits

Note: Beyond the 4th Year, 12 Credits (100%) is standard.

Attendance Policy for Financial Aid
The federal government will reduce the amount of a Federal Grant and Direct Loans student based on their attendance record. Therefore, all institutions participating in the Student Financial Aid programs must determine a policy framework by which to refund the federal government for a student’s lack of attendance.

Federal regulations 34 CFR Section 668.22 provides the guidelines for determining the refund policy based on a student’s “Last Date of Attendance.” Boricua College’s policy is presented below:

FEDERAL REGULATED REFUND POLICY
(Effective July 1, 1995)
Stopped Attending Student’s Award
From 0 day – 1st Day of Classes 0%
From 2nd day – 1.5 week 10%
From 2nd week – 4th week 50%
From 5th week – 7.5 week 75%
8th week and beyond 100%

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Assessment Procedure and Grading Policy
Boricua students progress toward their objectives at a varying pace, always aware of the criteria by which their performance will be assessed, and the relationship between their performance and the College’s academic standards.

Boricua awards letter grades at the end of each academic term to indicate level of “Mastery” of skills, competencies and subject matter achieved by the student (See Grading System Chart below) Assessment of academic achievement is an integral part of a student’s educational process and begins with a Learning Contract (See Page 34).

It continues in weekly Faculty Facilitator dialogues with a student throughout the term, and culminates in the recommendation of grades based on the cumulative recommendations of all faculty members who have worked with a student.

Recommended grades are reviewed by an Assessment Committee, (composed of the student’s Faculty Facilitator and two other Faculty Facilitators) who has the ultimate and official authority to award final grades. The Assessment Committee’s ratification and awarding of a grade depends on a student’s: attendance, participation and quality and quantity of work produced.

Grading System
The following system of academic grades is based on the principle of MASTERY as the symbol of satisfactory performance. Superior Mastery is a grade reserved only for extraordinary achievement and is subject to review.

GRADING SYSTEM
Grade
Definition
Quality Points
SM
Superior Mastery
4.00

M+
M-
Mastery
3.50
3.00
2.50
MC
Mastery with Conditions
2.00
NI
Needs Improvements
1.00
U
Unacceptable Repeat Course
0
I
Incomplete
W
Stopped Attendance/Withdrew before 4th week
WP
Withdraw with special permission
Z
Withdrew after 4th week
0
IP
In Progress Thesis or Capstone Project

Grade Point Average (GPA)
The grade point average is obtained by multiplying the total number of quality points achieved by the number of credits achieved and dividing the result by the number of credits attempted.

GPA = (Quality Points X Credits Achieved)/ Total Course Credits Attempted

Penalty for Failure in Individualized Instruction Courses and Colloquium
The academic major/concentration areas of study are taught primarily through Individualized Instruction courses, Colloquia and Experiential Studies courses. Withdrawal, non-attendance and/or failure to submit required written work in an acceptable form for Individualized Instruction courses and Colloquium within the required period of time will result in suspension from the college for that academic term, and a student will not receive a grade for any and all courses taken.

Boricua College’s Satisfactory Academic Progress
Students are required to maintain at least a 2.00 Grade Point Average in Individualized Instruction courses, Colloquium and Experiential Studies courses in order to be in good academic standing in their major area of study.

Students must also maintain an overall GPA of 2.00, each term and receive at least eight (8) credits in each Fall and Spring term and at least five (5) credits during the Summer term. HEOP Students may achieve at least seven (7) credits during the Fall and Spring terms and four (4) credits in the Summer term. (See Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Standards on Page 27).

Poor Academic Standing and Academic Probation
Students unable to achieve the stipulated number of credits and GPA for two consecutive terms are considered in Poor Academic Standing. Failure to improve during the next term results in student being placed on Academic Probation. In order to register for subsequent terms, students on academic probation will require approval from the appropriate Academic Administrator(s) and verification by the Director of Registration and Assessment and Director of Financial Aid.

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The Honors List
The Honors List is announced at the beginning of the Fall term of each academic year. Eligibility for the Honors List requires being registered for all three terms of the previous academic year, and a grade point average of at least 3.50. A failing grade in any course during those three terms will cause the student to be ineligible. The Honors List status is noted on the student’s official transcript.

Graduation Honors
There are three honor grades for the Associate and Baccalaureate degree candidates: a degree with Summa Cum Laude shall be granted to students whose cumulative grade point average (GPA) is at least 3.90. A degree with Magna Cum Laude shall be granted to students whose cumulative grade point average is at least 3.70. A degree with Cum Laude shall be granted to students whose cumulative grade point average is at least 3.50. (For an explanation of G.P.A. See Page 49.) In addition, special awards are presented at Commencement to four graduates from the Generic Studies Department and one graduate from each of the Specialty Studies departments.

Life Experience Credits
A student seeking Boricua College credit for life-experience-learning (e.g., employment, community leadership, travel, military experiences and/or non-college course work) may contact his/her Faculty Facilitator for guidance in the preparation of a portfolio documenting such experience and the competencies derived there from. The Department of Registration and Assessments provides students with a complete set of guidelines regarding the preparation of the Life Experience Portfolio. Upon receipt of the Life Experience Portfolio, an Assessment Committee evaluates it and awards credits. A maximum of thirty (30) credits may be allocated to Life Experience Learning. Only students with excellent academic records will be allowed to attempt “Life Experience” credits, and only with the written recommendation of the Department Chairperson and the written approval of the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
Students entering the College may qualify for up to thirty (30) credits by scoring at or above the median for freshmen on the General and Subject examinations of the New York State College Level Examination Program (CLEP). Information about CLEP may be obtained from the Department of Registration and Assessments.

Transcript Requests
Official transcripts of a student’s academic record are only released upon submission of a signed Transcript Request Form to the Department of Registration and Assessments. No transcript may be prepared or released without written verification that the student does not have any past due library books or College equipment and outstanding balance, tuition and/or fees. A processing fee is charged for each transcript request.

Graduation and Retention Rates
Boricua College enrolls an FTE of approximately 1,100 students each academic year, historically maintains a high retention level, and regularly graduates over 300 students a year. For further information please consult the Department of Registration and Assessments.

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