Disclosures and Consumer Information
Fisher College biannually distributes to all enrolled students a notice of the availability of institutional and financial aid information. This information is required to be made available under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) and under HEA Sec. 485(a)(1), Sec. 485(f), Sec. 485(g), [Sec. 485(h)] and Sec. 485(j).
Students are sent a notification of the availability of institutional and financial aid information via email in the Bi-Annual Right to Know Information Notification. Additionally, this information may also be obtained through the College links below. This page provides a comprehensive list of all information students are entitled to receive along with direct links to the content referred to on the page.
To request a paper copy of specific Institutional and Financial aid Information, please contact the Director of Title IV Compliance, Colleen Woods at email@example.com or 617-670-4527. Written requests may be sent to Fisher College c/o Colleen Woods 118 Beacon Street Boston, MA 02116.
In accordance with federal regulations set forth by The Higher Education Act of 1965, certain student consumer information must be made available to all students at Fisher College. The Fisher College Biannual Right to Know Information Notification is distributed to enrolled students and employees after the 1st week of classes during both the Fall and Winter semesters (September and January terms). The links below provide quick access to this information.
- About Fisher
- Admissions and Aid
- Annual Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program (DAAPP)
- Annual Security and Fire Safety Report (Clery Report)
- College Navigator
- Constitution Day
- Equal Educational Opportunity
- Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act (EADA)
- Family and Educational Rights and Privacy Act Policy (FERPA)
- Financial Aid
- Financial Statement
- Gainful Employment Disclosures
- Graduate Outcomes
- Net Price Calculator
- Professional Licensure Pass Rates
- Retention and Graduation Rates
- Sexual Misconduct/Title IX Policy
- Student Code of Conduct
- Student Grievance Procedure
- Title IV Credit Balances/Refund Policy
- Written Information Security Program
- Professional Licensure Information
Fisher College Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program (DAAPP)
Fisher College complies with the Drug Free Schools Campuses Regulations (34CFR Part 86) of the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act (DFSCA), which requires an institution of higher education (IHE) to certify that it has adopted and implemented programs to prevent the unlawful possession, abuse of alcohol and use, or distribution of illicit drugs. This applies to all Fisher College students and employees, both on its premises and as a part of any of its activities. This report is distributed annually and contains the following:
- Standards of Conduct
- Legal Sanctions and Penalties
- Health Risks
- Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Programs
- Disciplinary Sanctions
- Fisher College Offices and Contacts
For the Boston, Brockton, New Bedford and North Attleboro Campuses
In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, 20 U.S.C. § 1092 (f ) [formerly known as the "Campus Security Act"], Fisher College publishes the Campus Safety Report, which contains its basic security policies as well as campus crime statistics for three years.
The National Center for Education Statistics offers additional information regarding Fisher College including Financial Aid, Average Student Debt, Accreditation, Enrollment and much more. For this information, please click here.
Every year on September 17, the Office of Financial Aid marks the signing of the final draft of the Constitution by putting on a program and/or event. A federal law enacted in December 2004 designates September 17 as “Constitution Day and Citizenship Day” to commemorate the signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787. Under this law, every school that receives federal funding for the fiscal year is required to hold an educational program for students designed around the Constitution.
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Fisher College is committed to an educational and working environment that provides equal opportunity to all members of the College community. In accordance with federal and state law, the College prohibits unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, disability, citizenship, veteran status and sexual orientation.
Title IX/ADA/504/Title VI
Federal law prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender (Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972), race, color, and national origin (Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964) and disability (Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990).
Please see the Student Grievance Procedure for instructions to file a complaint regarding discrimination. Please refer to Title IX Policy to file a complaint regarding gender discrimination or sexual misconduct.
The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days of the day the College receives a request for access. Students should submit to the Registrar, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Site Coordinator, or other appropriate official written requests that identify the record(s) they wish to inspect. The College official will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. If the records are not maintained by the College official to whom the request was submitted, that official shall advise the student of the correct official to whom the request should be addressed.
The right to request the amendment of the student's education records that the student believes are inaccurate or misleading.Students may ask the College to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate or misleading. They should write the College official responsible for the record, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading.If the College decides not to amend the record as requested by the student, the College will notify the student of the decision and advise the student of his or her right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the student when notified of the right to a hearing.
The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. One exception that permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the College in an administrative, supervisory, academic or research, or support staff position (including law enforcement unit personnel and health staff ); a person or company with whom the College has contracted (such as an attorney, auditor, or collection agent); a person serving on the Board of Trustees; or a student serving on an official committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.
The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by Fisher College to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the office that administers FERPA is:
For the purpose of this Act, Fisher College defines all students as independent. A parent may be awarded the same rights as the student with regard to educational records and other confidential information only if:
- the student signs a written consent to this effect, or
- the parent supplies proof of dependency, as defined in section 152 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954, which requires receipt of a certified copy of the parent's most recent Federal Income Tax Form.
- Date of birth
- Student ID or SSN
- Attendance dates
- Address to which information should be sent
- Telephone number
- E-mail address
- Dates of enrollment
- Academic major
- Full- or Part-time status
- Year of study
- Resident status
- Date of graduation or withdrawal
- Degrees, certificates or awards earned
- Participation in officially recognized sports or activities
- Most recent educational institution attended by the student
- Weight and height of members of athletic teams
Under the provisions of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, currently enrolled students have the right to withhold disclosure of directory information, except as authorized by law. To withhold disclosure, students should submit written notification to the College Registrar or Site Coordinator within 30 days of the student's initial semester or term at Fisher, and thereafter by September 30 of each subsequent academic year. Forms for this purpose are available in the Registrar's Office and at each campus of the Division of Accelerated and Professional Studies. A new form for non-disclosure must be completed each academic year. Fisher College assumes that failure by any student to request the withholding of directory information indicates approval for disclosure.
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Fisher College – FY19 Financial Statement Summary
Per Mass. General Laws c.69 § 31B(f), new requirements for private institutions of higher education state that “Each institution shall post on its website a copy of the institution’s annual financial report or statement, required pursuant to section 8F of chapter 12 and a summary of the report, however termed, that is written in terms that are understandable by the general public.” As such, Fisher College provides the following summary report of the College’s Fiscal Year 2019 Financial Statements, and the accompanying Fisher College Financial Statements.
Note from Fisher College management regarding our Fiscal Year 2019 Financial Statements audit:
We have fulfilled our responsibilities, including our responsibility for the preparation and fair presentation of the financial statements in accordance with U.S GAAP.
Selected Auditors’ Comments on Key Results of the Fisher College Financial Statements Audit (Additional Fisher College comment in bold):
Key Items of Note
- The balance sheet of the College remains very strong and liquid. Fisher continues to have the resources to be positioned for the future.
- The Department of Education (DOE) composite score is near the highest possible score. This is a positive indicator. The composite score reflects the overall relative financial health of institutions along a scale from negative 1.0 to positive 3.0. A score greater than or equal to 1.5 indicates the institution is considered financially responsible. Fisher College significantly scored a near-perfect 2.9 on its’ FY19 composite score.
- Tuition, fees and auxiliary revenues declined in the current year, as the number of students fell in the current year. Expenses were flat when compared to the prior year. The challenging enrollment environment led to cost controls that had some impact. Over the past eight years, college enrollment nationwide has fallen about 11%. Fisher has faced the same challenges felt by many of our peer institutions which ultimately lead to these enrollment declines. While the trend of fewer students coming from high school remains to be a demanding enrollment prospect, Fisher’s ability to be agile, nimble with cost controls, and tactical in enrollment strategies has enabled it to “remain strong and liquid… positioned for the future”.
Auditors’ Opinion on Financial Statements
- Fairly stated in all material respects.
- Considered a “clean” or “unmodified” report. An auditor gives an unmodified opinion if the financial statements present a true and fair view. Additionally, Fisher had no “audit findings” in their FY19 Financial Statements. An audit finding results from a process that evaluates audit evidence and compares it against audit criteria. Audit findings can show that they audit criteria are not being met (non-conformity). With no findings, Fisher’s audit is significant in the auditors’ assessment of its accuracy.
Fisher College has adopted early rescission of the Gainful Employment regulations (2014 Rule) as made available via the Department of Education’s June 28, 2019 Electronic Announcement. This includes early rescission of section 482 (c) of the HEA with regulatory changes to subpart Q and subpart R of the Student Assistance General Provisions at Title 34 part 668 of the Code of Federal Regulations. Fisher College has removed Gainful Employment disclosure templates from all materials and will not be distributing templates to prospective students. In addition, Fisher College will not provide Gainful Employment data for the 2018-2019 award year.
Provides an approximation of what a first-year, undergraduate student can expect to pay to attend Fisher College for the 2019-2020 academic year. It is not intended for use by continuing, graduate, transfer, international, or part-time students. Those students are recommended to contact the Financial Aid Office for more information.
Fisher currently offers two programs leading to professional licensure: RHIA Exam Preparation and RHIT Exam Preparation courses. Here is information from the reporting cycle of August 2018 through July 2019.
RHIA Exam Pass Rate: During the reporting cycle of August 2018 through July 2019, Fisher College had a 75% pass rate for all test takers on the RHIA national exam.
RHIT Exam Pass Rate: During the reporting cycle of August 2018 through July 2019, Fisher College had an 67% pass rate for first time test takers on the RHIT national exam.
Fisher College offers degrees consistent with its mission to improve lives by providing students with the knowledge and skills necessary for a lifetime of intellectual and professional pursuits.
Outcome results are available via the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). The most recent results are noted below:
Our most recent first-time, full-time student retention rate is 62%.
Our most recent six-year graduation rate from the College is 34%. Overall graduation rate (from Fisher or another institution) is 49%.
The College strives to support all students to achieve their goals and academic success, with an overall goal of increasing both retention and graduation rates by 1-2% annually.
Fisher College prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender/sex (including pregnancy), gender identity/expression, race, color, religion or religious creed, sexual orientation, nation origin, ancestry, disability or handicap, age, genetics, marital status, veteran status, and any other category protected by law Discrimination on the basis of sex violates Fisher College policy as well as a number of state and federal laws, including Title IX of the Educational Amendments Act of 1972.
This policy covers nondiscrimination in both employment and access to educational opportunities and services. Such access may include, but is not limited to, admissions, recruitment, financial aid, academic programs, student treatment and services, counseling and guidance, discipline, classroom assignment, grading, vocational education, recreation, physical education, athletics, housing and employment. When brought to the attention of the College any such discrimination will be promptly and fairly addressed
To file a report of sexual misconduct, contact any of the following departments
• Title IX Coordinator- Ellen Lyons, Office located on the 1st floor of Building 116, 617-236-8812, firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Department of Public Safety- Located in the Mall of Fisher College, can be contacted 24/7 at 617-236-8880.
• Human Resources Department, Ellen Lyons, Office located on the 1st floor of Building 116, 617-236-8812, email@example.com.
• Office of the Dean of Students – Office located in the Mall of Fisher College, open from 8am-4pm Monday through Friday, 617-670-4421.
• Office of Housing and Residential Life- Located in the Mall of Fisher College, open from 8am -4pm Monday through Friday, 617-670-8828.
- Title IX Hotline -617-236-5409.
See Our Title IX Resource Page
Fisher College Student Code of Conduct includes all policies, procedures, responsibilities and general information for the student body. Inclusive of, but limited to, the Fisher College Copyright Compliance Policy.
Review the Full Code of Conduct HERE.
Student Grievance Procedure
Before invoking this Student Grievance Procedure, students must make a reasonable effort to resolve their issues or concerns amicably by communicating directly with the individual(s) involved. When attempts to resolve grievances through an open dialogue are unsuccessful, this Student Grievance Procedure may be invoked. The Student Grievance Procedure may be used to address any concern regarding an alleged violation of a student’s rights, including discrimination under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Instances in which the Student Grievance Procedure may be used include, for example, complaints regarding Fisher faculty, staff or other member of the Fisher College community or appeals of a policy decision made by a Fisher College official.
Complaints regarding a claim of physical or sexual assault shall not proceed under the Student Grievance Procedure. Please see Fisher College’s Title IX Policy below. A student or employee claiming physical or sexual assault by an employee of the College or another student shall report the incident to the College’s Title IX Coordinator.
Complaints regarding final course grades or grades on course work shall not proceed under the Student Grievance Procedure. Please see Fisher College’s Grade Review Policy.
Failure by a student to comply with the Student Grievance Procedure during the course of a grievance shall result in the waiving of the student’s rights under the Student Grievance Procedure.
Utilizing the Student Grievance Procedure
If a grievance is not resolved directly and informally by the student, the student may file a written grievance complaint (the “Grievance”). The Grievance complaint must be filed within 10 calendar days from the last attempt to resolve the matter directly with the interested parties. All Grievances shall be filed directly with the Dean of Students by certified mail, regular mail or in hand. A student may withdraw a Grievance at any time by filing a withdrawal request in writing with the Dean of Students.
The Grievance must include the following information:
- Name, Address, and contact information (email, phone number, etc.) of the student making the grievance complaint;
- Information regarding the individual(s) the grievance complaint is about, including their name and title;
- A detailed statement outlining all facts relating to the incident(s), including: date, time, and location;
- The names of any individual(s)who witnessed the incident or who may have pertinent information regarding the incident(s), if applicable;
- Details regarding all steps taken to resolve the grievance;
- A statement of the relief sought by the complainant; and
- A list of all documents supporting the Grievance, which shall be attached to the Grievance.
Upon receipt of a Grievance, the Dean of Students shall review the Grievance and either handle it directly or, if it is of an academic nature, forward it to the Vice President for Academic Affairs for handling. The Dean of Students or the Vice President for Academic Affairs, as appropriate, shall request a written response from the individual involved and immediately begin a full, fair and impartial investigation into the Grievance. If needed, meetings will be scheduled individually or jointly with the student and the faculty/staff member/individual that is the subject of the complaint. Witnesses may be asked to provide a written statement or meet during the investigation. The investigation will be kept confidential to the extent possible. Upon completion of the investigation the Vice President for Academic Affairs or Dean of Students will issue a decision regarding the Grievance. Both the student and faculty/staff member will be notified in writing regarding the decision.
Appeal of Grievance Decision
If the Grievance is not resolved to the satisfaction of the student, he or she may request a review of the matter by the College’s General Counsel. Such a request must be made in writing within five calendar days of the issuance of the decision that is being appealed. All appeals shall be made directly to the General Counsel’s office by mail, certified mail or in hand delivery. The appeal shall include all evidence in support of the appeal and include all reasons why the student feels the decision should be overturned or changed. The General Counsel’s office shall review all underlying facts, including any new evidence that the student may wish to submit, and shall deliver its decision in writing within ten calendar days which shall accept, modify or reject the prior decision. The decision of the General Counsel or his/her designee shall be final and binding.
No member of the Fisher College community shall retaliate or threaten to retaliate against, interfere with, restrain, or coerce any student in the exercise of his/her rights under the Student Grievance Procedure or due to his/her participation in any grievance proceedings whether as a complainant, witness or otherwise.
Massachusetts Department of Higher Education Complaint Process
If a complaint cannot be resolved internally, students may be able to file a complaint with the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education.
The Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, in its capacity as the SARA portal entity for Massachusetts, reviews and evaluates student complaints regarding distance learning programs offered by Massachusetts-based institutions that are members of SARA in accordance with 610 CMR 12.07. Complaints that should be filed as a SARA Complaint are those that pertain to distance (online) education provided by Massachusetts-based SARA institutions to students residing in other SARA participating states and territories. Complaints about a SARA institution’s operations or activities in Massachusetts can be filed here and will be resolved pursuant to 610 CMR 2.00 or otherwise in accordance with the institution's policies.
The SARA complaint process is as follows:
- Students must first attempt to resolve their complaint using internal administrative procedures offered by the SARA institution.
- After all administrative remedies have been exhausted with the MA-SARA institution, the student may submit a SARA Complaint via the URL below.
- The Department shall send a copy of the complaint to the institution that is the subject of the complaint;
- Within 30 days of the date that the Department sends a copy of the complaint to the institution, the institution must provide a written response to the student and the Department
More information about the BHE’s complaint process can be found at https://www.mass.edu/forstufam/complaints/complaints.asp
The DHE SARA complaint form should be used by students who are located in SARA member states and territories. Students outside MA in non-SARA states (e.g. California, Guam) may also utilize the MA resident/general complaint form available to MA residents.
Within 30 days of the date the Department received the institution’s response, or if the Department receives no response, the Commissioner or his or her designee shall issue a notice to the institution containing the Commissioner’s findings regarding the complaint; any corrective actions that the institution shall take; and that, should the institution fail to take those corrective actions, the complaint shall be referred to the Office of the Attorney General for review and, if the Office of the Attorney General deems it appropriate, enforcement action.
Credit balances created by Title IV financial aid are refunded within fourteen (14) business days after the funds are disbursed onto the student account. These refunds are automatically refunded to the student or borrower.
However, if the student would like the Title IV credit balance to be applied to future charges within the academic year, the student will need to fill out and return the Credit Balance Authorization form (refund waiver) to the Bursar’s Office.
Please complete, sign and date the form and return to the Bursar’s Office. The credit balance authorization will remain in effect until the end of the academic year, unless rescinded per request. In any case, all credit balances will automatically be refunded at the end of the academic year.
For more information, visit the Bursar Office webpage.
Fisher College Written Security Information Program ("WISP") policy regarding safeguards for protection of Personal Information in compliance with obligations of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts under the regulations found at 201 C.M.R. 17.00 et seq.
Per the Federal Regulation 84 FR 58834, Fisher College complies with the publication of Professional Licensure information.
As of the 2020-2021 Academic Year, the Fisher College Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology degree program meets the requirements for state licensure in the state of Massachusetts.
Additional information regarding the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology can be found here.
- Accessibility of Programs and Services
- Emergency Notification System/Inclement Weather Policy
- Leave of Absence Policy
- Re-enrollment from Voluntary Withdrawal
- Re-enrollment from Academic Dismissal
In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Fisher College is committed to making its programs and services accessible to all students. The Director of Student Accessibility Services provides services to students requesting accommodations. Students should contact the Director and provide current documentation of their needs.
In case of any weather related emergencies, announcements will be made on the following television/radio stations by 6:00 a.m. for Undergraduate Studies students and after 3:00 p.m. for Graduate and Professional Studies students.
Where to locate weather updates:
Definition of Cancellation Notices
No Classes- Students and Faculty Only
All other personnel are expected to arrive at work. If you cannot report to work, please contact your supervisor that morning. Any special circumstances should be discussed with your immediate supervisor including make-up time or the use of a vacation day for missed work.
Closed- Students, Faculty, and Staff
The College is closed during the day (Graduate and Professional Studies will be determined by 3:00 p.m.). Essential personnel only are expected to report to work. The College defines essential personnel as Maintenance, Campus Police/Public Safety, Information Services, and Food Service.
No Evening Classes - (Campus Location)
The Campus listed in the announcement is closed to faculty, students, and staff unless otherwise noted.
During your time at Fisher College, you may have a medical, psychological or personal situation that impacts your ability to successfully complete your studies. In these situations you may apply for a leave of absence. A leave of absence will result in withdrawal from current semester classes but not withdrawal from the College. You can remain in this status for up to 2 years (4 consecutive day school semesters or 8 consecutive Accelerated and Professional Studies terms). To apply for a leave of absence you must contact the Dean of International Academic Operations and Curriculum Development to obtain complete instructions. When ready to return, please contact the Dean again to file the return request form and provide appropriate documentation to establish your ability to return to the College.
- Complete course withdrawal forms to drop all your classes. Withdrawal forms are available in the Fisher College Registrar's office on the 1st floor of 108 Beacon Street.
- Complete and sign a Leave of Absence Request Form
Submit all of the above information to:
Dean Nancy Pithis
118 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02116
- Leave of Absence Policy
- Leave of Absence Terms and Conditions
- Account Settlement Form
- Leave of Absence Request Form (use for personal or medical leave)
- Request to Return from a Personal Leave of Absence
- Request to Return from a Medical Leave of Absence
- Readiness to Return from a Medical Leave of Absence (completed by the student’s healthcare provider)
In general, students may re-enroll after a voluntary withdrawal as long as they are in good academic and financial standing with the College. Undergraduate students should contact the Office of the Registrar several weeks before the beginning of the semester in which they wish to re-enroll. Continuing Education students should contact the Site Coordinator. Students are subject to the College policies and program requirements in effect at the time of their re-enrollment.
Fisher College reserves full discretion to admit or deny any re-enrollment requests.
A student academically dismissed from the College cannot attend any branch or Division of Fisher College.
Under certain circumstances, a student who has been academically dismissed may petition for re-enrollment to the Chief Academic Officer. Students petitioning for re-enrollment into an academic program must present evidence of ability and willingness to meet the College's standards of academic performance (for example, proof of successfully completed course work or an employer's recommendation). All requests for re-admission will be given careful consideration. Re-admitted students may not be eligible for financial aid. Students re-enrolled are subject to the College policies and program requirements in effect at the time of their re-enrollment.
Fisher College reserves full discretion to admit or deny any re-enrollment request.