Point University provides the following information for students and parents to better inform them of the information needed to make a quality college decision. The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 details the requirement of universities to provide this information for students. For more information about the Higher Education Opportunity Act, please refer to the U.S. Department of Education website.
For general information about the university please view our Fact Book.
General Institutional Information
Accreditation, Approval, and Licensure of Institution and Programs
Point University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, and masters degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, telephone 404-679-4500, or http://www.sacscoc.org for questions about the accreditation of Point University. All other inquiries – such as for admission or academic information – should be made directly to the appropriate Point office and not to the Commission on Colleges. The Commission requests that it be contacted only if there is evidence that appears to support an institution’s significant non-compliance with a requirement or standard.
Point’s Department of Education, the University’s professional education unit, is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) at the initial teacher preparation level, which was continued by the Continuous Improvement Commission of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) in 2014. The Georgia Professional Standards Commission (PSC) has granted accreditation to the Early Childhood Education preparation program (preschool through fifth grade), the Middle Grades Education preparation program (fourth through eighth grade), the Secondary Education program in the areas of Biology, English, and History (sixth through twelfth grade), and the English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) endorsement program.
State Authorization Regulations and Student Complaint Process (34 CFR 600.9)
As an institution that participates in the Federal student aid programs authorized under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, Point University is authorized to operate by the State of Georgia and in the State of Alabama.
- Point is authorized by name to operate educational programs beyond secondary education in Georgia by the Governor’s executive order of June 28, 2013.
- Point is authorized to operate in Alabama by the Alabama Commission on Higher Education (Non Resident Institution Certificate of Approval, dated November 4, 2014) and by the Department of Postsecondary Education (Private School License, dated October 15, 2014).
In Georgia, the Georgia Non-Public Post-Secondary Education Commission (GNPEC) conducts the process to review and appropriately act on complaints arising under State laws, including damage or loss as a result of any act or practice by a nonpublic postsecondary educational institution. A student who has an unresolved complaint may initiate the GNPEC’s Authorized School Complaint Procedure by:
- Submitting an Authorized School Complaint Form found on the GNPEC website;
- Calling the GNPEC at (770) 414-3300; or
- Visiting the GNPEC at the following address during normal office hours with a scheduled appointment
Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission
2082 East Exchange Place, Suite 220
Tucker, Georgia 30084-5305
In Alabama, the Private School Licensure Division of the Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education conducts the process to review and appropriately act on complaints arising under State laws, including laws related to fraud or false advertising. A student who has reason to suspect fraud, waste, abuse and/or corruption should contact the Private School Licensure Division and file a complaint by:
- Submitting an online complaint form found on the accs.cc/index.cfm/school-licensure website;
- Calling the Division at 334-293-4651;
- Visiting the Division at the address below to fill out a complaint form;
- Emailing the Division’s compliance monitor at mailto:email@example.com;
- Faxing a complaint letter to 334-293-4663; or
- Mailing a complaint letter to
Private School Licensure Division
Alabama Center for Postsecondary Education
135 South Union Street (36104)
Post Office Box 302130
Montgomery, AL 36130-2130
Educational Programs and Program Improvement Plans
Point University offers degrees at the associate (two-year), baccalaureate (four-year), and master’s (graduate) levels in a variety of modalities (in-class, hybrid, and online):
For a list of Point’s degree programs and CIP codes, click here.
Degree Program Improvement
Point University engages in an institution-wide, systematic, annual cycle of assessment and evaluation called Institutional Effectiveness (IE). The dual focus of IE is accountability for achieving the mission and goals of the University and continuous improvement in the accomplishment of program objectives in academic, student support, and administrative support areas. The vice president for institutional effectiveness coordinates and facilitates the IE program, which is conducted with a broad-based involvement of faculty, staff and administration.
Each educational program has student learning outcomes (objectives), which are listed in the University’s catalogs, and a designated IE leader. The objectives are assessed regularly to determine the extent to which the University is achieving them, to continuously improve the academic programs and to enhance student learning.
The annual cycle of assessment and improvement for academic programs is summarized in Ten Steps for IE:
- Affirm/revise the student learning outcomes (objectives) of the academic program and their linkage to the mission and goals of the University.
- Select the two or three objectives to be assessed during that year.
- Specify the specific assessment procedure(s) for each objective to be assessed.
- Specify the expected results for each assessment procedure.
- Administer the assessment procedures and collect the data.
- Analyze the findings to determine the assessment results and whether the results exceed, meet, or are below the expected results for the objectives.
- Determine whether each objective is deemed as exceeded, met, or not met and the actions which will be taken in order to improve the academic program and to enhance student learning regarding the objectives.
- Implement the action plan to improve the program and the achievement of the student learning outcomes.
- Document that the action plan for improvement was implemented.
- Summarize the annual IE cycle for the academic program in a standard annual IE chart.
Degree program improvement is seen most clearly when an objective is re-assessed in a following year and the assessment findings are compared. Every year, each academic program completes the cycle of Institutional Effectiveness, reviewing its alignment with the University’s mission and goals, assessing the achievement of student learning outcomes and improving the program based on the results of those assessments.
Student Achievement Data
Point University monitors and evaluates success with respect to student achievement using five primary criteria: academic knowledge, student academic progress, Biblical awareness, graduate school and employment, and licensure. These criteria are appropriate to the mission of Point University – to educate students for Christ-centered service and leadership throughout the world – inasmuch as academic knowledge and student academic progress are aligned with education and its completion, Biblical awareness is a measure of Christ-centeredness, and graduate school/employment and licensure are aligned with service and leadership throughout the world
Characteristics of Students
Point University students come from a range of backgrounds, including diverse denominations and interests. View additional information about our institutional profile.
Facilities and Services for Students with Disabilities
Point University is committed to providing qualified students with disabilities an equal opportunity to access a Point education through the provision of reasonable and appropriate accommodations and support services. For more information about Disability Support Services, contact the official designated disabilities officer (College Section 504 Coordinator): Jessica Mazahari, director of the Educational Resource Center, at 404-460-2480 or via email.
Computer Use and File Sharing
- Peer-to-Peer File Sharing: View the Computer and Network Usage Policy of Point University.
- Copyright and Intellectual Property Policy: Click here to view the Point University Copyright and Intellectual Property Policy.
Readmission of Veterans
Students who leave the institution for military service may re-enter the institution upon returning from service. The student must apply for readmission within five years of completion of military service. The eligible veteran is admitted with the same academic status – meaning the same program (or most similar one, if same program does not exist), same enrollment status, same number of credits and same academic status (satisfactory, warning, or probation). If the student is not prepared to be readmitted, reasonable efforts by the institution to help the student become prepared will be provided at no extra cost to the student. Point University is not required to readmit a veteran if Point University can demonstrate through a preponderance of the evidence that the student is not prepared to resume the program or will not be able to complete it.
Transfer of Credit Policy
Transfer policies are dependent upon the program and major of choice at Point University. Please refer to the Point University Catalogs for degree-specific information, or go to the frequently asked questions.
For more information about our Title IX policies and procedures, please visit: Title IX
Student Financial Information and Assistance
Financial Aid Office Contact Information
Tuition and Fees
View tuition and fees for Point University’s traditional and online programs.
Meal Plan Rates
Book Advance Process
A book advance assists students in purchasing their semester books and up to $50 in supplies at the Point University Bookstores, using excess financial aid funds.
To be eligible for a book advance, a student must apply for financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Additionally, the student’s accepted financial aid for the term must exceed the semester charges for which they are billed for by the Student Account’s Office. These charges include tuition and fees, any other educational fees, and any past due balances.
The Financial Aid Office is very much aware of the importance of students buying their books as soon as possible, before or during the first week of the semester. Due to this importance, any student may complete a book voucher application via email at Financial.firstname.lastname@example.org or at the Student Services Center. The completion of the book voucher application will serve as the student giving Point University their permission to use the credit balance refund toward the advance purchase of books. The book voucher is available ten (10) days prior to the beginning of classes and seven (7) days after the start of classes.
Financial Aid Process:
Once the Financial Aid Office receives a book advance request, the Financial Aid Office will review the students requests and research the account. If there are any Financial Aid issues where the book advance cannot be approved, the Financial Aid Officer will contact the student via email and phone. The student will then need to correct any outstanding issues to resolve the matter. Once completed the Financial Aid Office will notify the student via email and phone that they will receive further instructions from the bookstore within 24-48 hours.
At the completion of the book voucher, the request is placed in the students file. The FA Office will notify student accounts that there are pending charges for books. This will also be retained in case a Return to Title IV is completed.
If a student completes a book advance and the student does not have enough funds to cover tuition and fees, the FA Office will notify the student of the denial of the book voucher via email and phone. The student may then acquire some other forms of assistance to obtain needed books such as:
- The book lending program through the Financial Aid Office.
- Book Funding Scholarship also through the Financial Aid Office (funds are first come basis).
If a student applies for financial aid just before the start of the semester or after the semester courses have begun, a book advance is delayed until the Financial Aid Office has performed a preliminary application review. A book advance will not be issued if there are problems with the financial aid application.
Book advances are available during the fall, spring, and summer semesters, including non-standard term enrollment periods, to those who are eligible for them. Point University will only award up to the credit available based on the students excess financial aid funds for that semester. If book purchases exceed the available credited amount, the student will be responsible for any difference. The book advance is only valid at the Point University Bookstore.
Students may not receive a book advance for a number of reasons. Some of these reasons may include:
- The student did not apply for financial aid by completing the FAFSA until after the eighth (8th) day of classes.
- The student’s accepted financial aid award was less than billed tuition and fees charges (including past due balances).
- The student was only eligible for a Federal Stafford Loan and did not complete the required documents until after the eighth (8th) day of classes.
Return of Title IV Funds
Title IV funds are awarded to a student under the assumption that the student will attend school for the entire period for which the assistance is awarded. When a student withdraws or ceases to attend, the student may no longer be eligible for the full amount of Title IV funds that the student was originally scheduled to receive.
The Return to Title IV Funds Policy applies to recipients of Title IV financial aid who withdraw or cease attending all classes for the payment period or term after aid has been disbursed. Repayment of aid is determined according to this policy. Financial aid recipients considering withdrawing from all coursework are advised to contact the Office of Financial Aid prior to withdrawal.
When a student is considered to have totally withdrawn during a payment period or term in which he/she has begun attendance and received federal Title IV financial aid, the University is required to determine the amount of earned and unearned Title IV aid. A student is only eligible to retain the percentage of Title IV aid disbursed that is equal to the percentage of the payment period or term that was completed by the student. The unearned Title IV aid must then be returned to the appropriate federal aid program(s). If more than 60 percent of the payment period or term has been completed by the student, no Title IV aid needs to be returned.
In accordance with federal regulations, unearned Title IV aid shall be returned to these programs in the following order:
- Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan
- Federal Direct Subsidized Stafford Loan
- Federal Direct Parent or Graduate PLUS Loan
- Federal Pell Grant
- Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity
- Other Title IV Programs
The unearned portion of the aid will be charged back to the student’s billing account and must be repaid by the student. A hold will be placed on the student’s account by the Student Accounts Office, if the outstanding balance is not repaid. The Office of Financial Aid will send notification to the student’s University email account notifying the student of the withdrawal date, the percent of the payment period or term completed, the amount of aid returned to the federal program(s), and the balance the student currently owes.
There are three types of withdrawals that fall under the Return to Title IV Funds federal calculation regulations:
- Official Withdrawals — Student has completed the formal withdrawal process via the Withdrawal Authorization Form at the Registrar’s Office in person, mail, fax, or email. The withdrawal date is the date the student notifies the school of intent to withdraw (Withdrawal Authorization Form received by school) or the date the student resigns from all courses online.
- Unofficial Withdrawals — If a student begins to attend class, receives federal Title IV aid, but then ceases to attend class without providing official notification to the University, the federal government considers this to be an “unofficial withdrawal.” This includes students who earn failing grades in all classes, if it is determined the student ceased attending classes prior to the end of the payment period or term. The withdrawal date for students who unofficially withdraw is the last date of attendance reported by the student’s instructor(s). The refund rules for Title IV aid recipients who withdraw are then followed to determine the unearned portion of Title IV aid that must be returned to the appropriate aid program(s).
- Module Withdrawals — A module withdrawal refers to a course or courses in a program that do not span the entire length of the payment period or term. If a student withdraws from an individual module and does not complete all of the days he/she was initially scheduled to prior to ceasing attendance, a return of Title IV funds calculation must be performed to determine the percentage of financial aid earned and unearned.
If a student provides written confirmation of his/her intent to attend a future module within the semester, it is not necessary to perform the recalculation, however, the student’s future attendance within the semester must be tracked. If it is determined that the student failed to attend a future module, a recalculation must be performed. Even if a student completes more than 60 percent of the payment period or term, Point University will complete the Return to Title IV calculation to ensure that the student is not entitled to a post-withdrawal disbursement.
Private Education Loan Disclosure (Alternative Loan)
Attention Parents and Students: Some lenders offer alternative (private) loans as a means to fund your education. These loans are generally based on your credit history and can be used in addition to any federal, state, institutional, or private funding you receive. It is important to use all available resources and to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) before applying for an alternative loan. Please be aware that final approval must be received from your bank before an alternative loan will be deducted from your bill. You may be eligible for Federal loans or grants which usually have much more favorable terms and conditions than alternative (private) loans.
Point University encourages all prospective student loan borrowers that may qualify for federal student loans or other assistance under the Title IV, Higher Education Act programs to complete the FAFSA at http://www.fafsa.gov/ or seek guidance from the Office of Financial Aid.
Please click here for the Private Education Loan. This form must be completed and returned to the Financial Aid Office in order for your Private (Alternative) loan to be disbursed.
Truth in Lending Act
To learn more about the Truth in Lending Act, please click here.
Financial Aid Refund Disclosures
Satisfactory Progress Standards
Point University’s Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standard is used to determine if an enrolled student is making satisfactory academic progress in his or her educational program, regardless of if he or she is receiving Title IV aid and a variety of other purposes. The SAP policy provides a consistent application of standards to all students, supporting and requiring both the quality of academic work and the completion of a student’s program within the maximum time frame.
A student with extenuating circumstances may appeal the denial of student financial aid by submitting a SAP Appeal Form within 15 days from the day the failure notice was sent.
Campus Health, Safety, and Security Information
All students are required to fill out the Immunization and Medical History Form prior to enrollment at Point University.
Student Health Insurance
Reporting: If a member of the University community (faculty, staff, student or parent) has reason to believe that a student is missing, that community member will refer the case immediately to the director of student life. If the student is enrolled in an off-site location, the appropriate student services officer at that location should be notified.
The Student Live Office will work collaboratively with others to contact and locate the student. All reasonable efforts will be made to locate the student and determine his or her state of health and well-being. The efforts include, but are not limited to:
- Phone call to student
- Email to student through Point University email account (or other known email addresses)
- Messages through social networking websites if possible
- Contact with all professors to determine last day of attendance in each class
- Contact with residence hall staff (Campus Life Minister) and roommate(s) if student is residential.
If the student is located through these attempts, a determination will be made regarding his or her health and well-being. If necessary, a referral to the campus counselor and/or other appropriate offices may be made at that time.
Policy: If the student is not located through the above measures and has been verified to be missing for more than 24 hours, then the following actions will be taken within the next 24 hours by the Point University student life staff:
- Notification will be made (when applicable and appropriate) to the appropriate Point University staff members, including student services and campus security.
- The director of student life will make contact with the student’s emergency contact and, for students under 18 years of age, a custodial parent or guardian, if not emancipated.
Students are asked to register and continually update emergency contact information with the Student Life Office. Students who reside in on-campus housing are also provided an opportunity to identify a confidential emergency contact individual during check-in. This person(s) will also be contacted within 24 hours after the student is determined to be missing, unless the student is under 18 years of age and not emancipated, in which case a custodial parent or guardian will be notified as mandated by law. Once notified, the parent/guardian/emergency contact person may need to work with Point University’s student development staff to submit additional information to outside law enforcement agencies in order to expand the investigation.
Campus Crime Reporting
Point University is required to submit a campus safety report each year to the federal government. Click here to access the report for Point University.
Campus Crime Prevention
The Point Community Honor Code (the University’s student handbook) provides information about campus crime prevention. Read portions of the Honor Code detailing campus crime prevention.
The Point Community Honor Code provides information about fire safety. Please read portions of the Honor Code that deal with fire safety.
Campus Emergency Procedures
Point University faculty, staff, and students should use precautionary measures to ensure their own safety and that of other members of the campus community. A Covenant for a Christian Community, published by the student development office, provides information about campus emergency procedures. Please read the portion of the Honor Code detailing campus emergency procedures. [Document in attachments]
The University’s Emergency Response Plan provides the guidelines on how to respond to various types of emergencies. In the event of an emergency, it is important that all students carefully follow instructions given by faculty and staff. View the Emergency Response Plan.
Drug and Alcohol Abuse, Prevention, and Intervention Resources
Drug-Free Workplace and Campuses Act
Administration and Staff Handbook of Point University states in Section 8.6 (Drugs, Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco): “The use of illegal drugs (including the abuse of legal drugs) and/or alcoholic beverages is prohibited on the campus of Point University. The University is a smoke-free zone
Point University prohibits the use of illegal substances by its students – both on campus and off. Students who live off campus, either at home or in apartments, are not exempt from the total ban on the use of illegal substances. Please view the section of the Honor Code titled Expectations of Student Conduct, which addresses drug and alcohol consumption and abuse.The Student Life Office also details policies and procedures in the Substance Abuse Policy and Procedure document.
Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention
Please see the section in the Honor Code that reflects federal and state laws about the use of such substances. This kind of behavior not only reflects poorly on a person’s character and faith, but has very serious legal consequences, including very strict sentencing practices in Georgia courts, forfeiture of many rights and privileges as a citizen, and even disqualification for educational loans.
At Point University, students who struggle with illegal substances are encouraged to allow the University and its staff to provide the necessary help to overcome the addiction. Counseling is available, and when appropriate, small group therapy can be provided.
Students who persist in the use of such substances will be suspended from Point University. When it is apparent that a student is using illegal substances, but refuses to admit to that practice, a student may be required to provide a drug test from a reputable clinic (at his/her own expense) in order to remain a student in good standing.
Drug Violation Penalty Notice
Privacy Rights of Students and Parents - FERPA Regulations
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) was designated to protect the privacy of education records, to establish the right of students to inspect and review the education records and to provide guidelines for the correction of inaccurate or misleading data through informal and formal hearings. In compliance with FERPA, students of Point University are accorded all of the rights and privileges as provided under the Act, and the University does not release grades or other non-directory information to any person other than the student without a written release on file.
In compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), Point University cannot release grades or other non-directory information to any person other than the student without a written release on file.
Learn more about FERPA