Guide to Consumer Information

In accordance with federal regulations set forth by The Higher Education Act of 1965 (amended in 1998), below is a summary of consumer information that must be made available to all students at Pittsburg State University. Each topic listed gives a brief description of the information that must be disclosed and explains how it can be obtained. If you need assistance obtaining information listed or would like a paper copy, contact the Office of Student Financial Assistance.

Information about the Institution:

Information about Financial Assistance


Costs of Attending the Pittsburg State University:

For actual tuition and fee charges contact:

For estimated tuition and fees, books and supplies, room and board, and personal/miscellaneous expenses contact:

Refund Policy:

The University has a Tuition Refund Policy that stipulates the amount of tuition and fees that are refunded to a student who withdraws from all classes during a term. This policy is published in the Office of the Registrar.

Withdrawal Procedures:

Students who are withdrawing from all classes at the University must notify the Registrar's Office by following specific withdrawal procedures. For more information, contact the Office of the Registrar.

Return of Title IV (Federal) Financial Aid:

The federal government mandates that students who withdraw from all classes may only keep the financial aid (Federal "Title IV" grant and loan assistance) they have "earned" up to the time of withdrawal. Funds that were disbursed in excess of the earned amount must be returned by the University and/or the student to the federal government. View the Repayment Policy.

Descriptions of Academic Programs:

Information on the University's academic programs and degree offerings is available from the various Schools/Colleges and admitting offices. See the University Catalog for more information.

Instructional Facilities and Labs:

Information on the University's instructional facilities and laboratories is available in the University Catalog.

Instructional Personnel:

Information on the University's faculty and instructional personnel is available in the Office of Academic Affairs.

Accreditation Information:

Information regarding the associations, agencies/and or governmental bodies that accredit, approve, or license the school and its programs, can be found in the University Catalog or online at  If you would like a copy of our accreditation information, please contact Trish Peak at or by phone at 620-235-4113.

Satisfactory Academic Progress:

This is the term used to denote a student's successful completion of course work toward a certificate or degree. More information can be obtained in the University Catalog..

Services for Disabled Students:

For information on programs and services for disabled students, contact the Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Office.


Financial aid for Study Abroad:

Students enrolled in a Pittsburg StateUniversity sponsored study abroad program may apply for financial aid through the Office of Student Financial Assistance. More Study Abroad Information.

Continued Eligibility for Aid

Financial aid eligibility can be maintained if you follow the appropriate steps and you meet the Terms and Conditions of Financial Aid Awards.

Satisfactory Academic Progress

This is the term used to denote a student's successful completion of course work toward a certificate or degree. Students must maintain specific academic progress requirementsto be eligible for aid. More Information about Satisfactory Academic Progress.

Method and Frequency of Disbursements

Financial aid is disbursed (released) to students in different ways depending on the type of aid and other factors. See Financial Aid Disbursements.

Terms/Conditions of Employment Provided as Financial Aid

For information on Work-Study employment see Types of Financial Aid Available: Work-Study.

Terms of Student Loans, Including Necessity of Repayment and Sample Repayment Schedule

See Student Loan Information.

Terms/Conditions of Deferment or Cancellation of Perkins Loan or Stafford Loan because of Volunteer Service

Students may receive deferment or cancellation of loans for volunteer service such as Peace Corps, Armed Services, etc. Types of Aid Available: Loans.

Completion/Graduation Rates

The Pittsburg State University graduation rate after six years for the 1999-2000 freshman class is 50.16. This is the rate for degree-seeking full-time undergraduates who have graduated from their programs within 150% of the normal time for graduation.

Job Placement Rates (Employment Data Report)

The most recent job placement rates can be found in the Office of Career Services.

Completion/Graduation Rates for Student Athletes

This must be provided to student-athletes, their parents, high school coaches, and guidance counselors when an athletically related student aid offer is made. The NCAA provides this information directly to high schools. For information contact the Athletic Department, (620) 235-4389.

Athletic Program Participation and Financial Support

As part of The Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act, information on annual participation rates and financing of men's and women's sports in intercollegiate athletic programs is available by request to students and the general public. For more information or to receive a copy of the report, contact the Athletic Department, (620) 235-4389.

Campus Safety and Security

The Pittsburg State University Police has state certified police officers, public safety officers, and parking enforcement officers who patrol the campus area. These officers are supported by communications officers, administrators, and investigators. University Police is a service-oriented department whose mission is to contribute to and promote a safe and secure community while respecting the rights and dignity of all persons utilizing facilities and programs of the University.

The University Police distributes the University's Campus Safety handbook and Annual Security Report. These reports include statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Pittsburg State University; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from campus. The reports also include institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. You can view the Campus Safety Handbook and the Annual Security Report online.

Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

In carrying out their assigned responsibilities, many offices at Pittsburg State University collect and maintain information about students. Although these records belong to the University, both University policy and federal law accord students a number of rights concerning these records. The Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) establishes the rules and regulations regarding access to and disclosure of student records.

To fulfill FERPA requirements, the University has established a Student Rights and Student Records policy. This policy outlines a student's rights regarding his/her records, where records about the student may be kept and maintained, what kinds of information are in those records, the conditions under which the student or anyone else may have access to information in those records, and what action a student can take if it is believed that the information in his/her record is inaccurate or that the student's rights have been compromised. Contact the Registrar's Office, (620) 235-4200, for more information.

Because the University does not maintain all student records in one location, each office that maintains student records is required by the Pittsburg State University Regents to develop a written statement of its policies and procedures for handling those records; that statement is available for students to examine in the respective offices.

Contact Information for Admitting Offices and Schools/Colleges

Pittsburg State University's Equal Opportunity Statement

Pittsburg State University, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with applicable federal and state laws prohibiting discrimination, including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Pittsburg State University is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all persons regardless of race, sex, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, age, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, or Vietnam-era veteran status, in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions. Inquiries or complaints may be addressed to:

Regents of the University:

Jack R. Wempe
Janice B. DeBauge
Bill R. Docking
Lewis L. Ferguson
Fred Kerr
Deryl W. Wynn
Richard "Dick" Bond
James "Jim" Grier III
Donna L. Shank

Information about This Web Site

This Web Site is maintained by the Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA). Copyright 2003.

Subject to Change:

Because of the nature of federal, state, and institutional guidelines affecting financial aid programs, the information contained in this Web site is subject to change.