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International Accelerator Program


Graduate Terms and Conditions

Please review terms and conditions carefully. 

Application Terms:

1.    By submitting this application you are agreeing to these terms and conditions, which form a binding agreement  between you and the University of South Carolina International Accelerator Program (hereafter “USC IAP”). If you are submitting this application on behalf of another person it is your responsibility to ensure that the person applying to the USC IAP is aware of these terms and accepts them, and by submitting the application you are warranting that you have made the applicant aware of these terms and that they have accepted these terms.
 
2.    If you are admitted, you will be placed in the appropriate program track based on your academic and English language credentials submitted with this application. You acknowledge that there are price disparities between each program track based on length and course of study, which may include required English language courses. You are not guaranteed admission at the University of South Carolina.
 
Enrollment Contract – Student’s Acceptance of the Offer

USC IAP ENROLLMENT CONTRACT

General
 
1.    By submitting your deposit you are agreeing to this Enrollment Contract, which forms a binding agreement between you and USC IAP (“USC IAP” “we” or “us”). USC IAP, which operates the Master’s Accelerator Program (“MAP”), Advanced Master’s Accelerator Program (“Advanced MAP”) and Direct Master’s Accelerator Program (“Direct MAP”) at USC, reserves the right to amend this Enrollment Contract from time to time.

2.    In addition to this Enrollment Contract, as part of your conditional offer you have received other information and documents that contain additional terms of your participation. Please familiarize yourself with all documentation provided to you by USC IAP.
Tuition and Fees; Refunds
 
3.    Tuition and fees payment: Following payment of the deposit, you must pay the remaining outstanding balance shown on your invoice by the indicated due date. You are responsible for paying the full invoice amount, including any banking or processing fees, to  the USC IAP. USC IAP has the right to amend its prices to reflect any changes in tuition and fees made by the University.

4.    Failure to Pay. Failure to pay by your payment deadline may lead to penalties, including late fees, inability to gain access to housing, inability to progress after your first year, and a hold on your account that will prevent you from enrolling in classes. If you are unable to enroll due to nonpayment of tuition and fees you may become in violation of your immigration status, and we will be required to report such violation to the SEVIS database maintained by the Department of Homeland Security; you may lose your immigration status and be deported from the U.S. You may be dismissed from the USC IAP for failure to pay your invoice.

5.    Deposit Refunds. We will only refund your deposit if you provide us with written notification and documentation showing that your visa application has been denied prior to the move-in date. Otherwise, we do not refund deposits.

6.    Refunds for Cancellation of Enrollment. If you cancel your enrollment prior to your move-in date (found here: https://sc.edu/study/international_accelerator/graduate_accelerator/how_to_apply/important_dates/index.php), you may request a full refund of fees paid, less housing and any other non-refundable fees. After the start of the semester you may be eligible for the partial refunds listed in the table below. After the no refund dates listed below, all tuition and fees for the entire duration of your progam at USC IAP are nonrefundable.

Intake Semester Last day for 100% refund  Last day for 50% refund   Last day for 20% refund  Being 0% refund
Fall 2019 August 28, 2019 September 7, 2019 September 17, 2019 September 19, 2019
Spring 2020 January 19, 2020 January 29, 2020 February 10, 2020 February 11, 2020


7.    Refunds Generally. We will only make refunds in U.S. Dollars, minus bank transfer and processing fees. You must fill out the Refund Form available at the USC IAP office. Refunds will be processed according to the exchange rate in place at the time of the refund. All refunds will be made to eligible parties within 45 days of a written request.

8.    Tuition Waivers and Reductions. MAP, Advanced MAP and Direct MAP students are not eligible to receive any tuition reduction through graduate assistantships, scholarships, stipends or other forms of financial support arising from your graduate studies through degree completion.  Students may find hourly paid positions on campus during their studies consistent with immigration requirements.

9.    No Refunds for Immediate Transfer. You will not receive a refund of your deposit or any tuition or fees if you enter the United States on a USC-issued I-20 and immediately request a transfer of your I-20 to another program, school, college or university.
Accommodations & Services

10.  Airport Transfers. Requests for airport transfer service must be made at least 2 weeks in advance of arrival by visiting [https://sc.edu/study/international_accelerator/before_you_arrive/forms/submit_flight_details/index.php. Airport transfers are available for your initial arrival on campus for flights arriving at Columbia International Airport (CAE). We cannot guarantee a reservation for a request made less than 2 weeks in advance though will make every effort to accommodate such requests. If your flight is cancelled or delayed, you must call the emergency telephone number published in the Next Steps Brochure to inform USC IAP staff of the new arrival date or time.

11.  Housing Accommodation. On-campus housing is not available for graduate USC IAP students. Please contact the USC IAP office for information about off-campus housing options. If you are interested in purchasing a meal plan please contact student services at the USC IAP. If you do choose housing provided through the USC IAP (off campus), the following terms will apply.  Payment for housing is due in full two weeks prior to the move-in date unless you are on a payment plan pre-approved USC IAP. Late housing payments or failure to pay housing costs may result in additional fees. Cancelling your housing contract may result in forfeiture of your entire housing payment.


12.  Health Insurance. All international graduate students studying at [USC IAP are required to be covered by health insurance that meets the U.S. Government, SC, and localrequirements. Not all services are covered, and the student is responsible for any outstanding balances for non-covered services.
a.    You are required to purchase coverage from a USC IAP-designated health plan as a condition of enrollment.
b.    You must have a completed a Student Health Center Mandatory Immunization Form documenting proof of immunity to Measles (Rubeola), Mumps and German Measles (Rubella) [MMR]; one Diphtheria/Tetanus booster within the past ten years; two doses of Varicella (chicken pox) vaccine; series of Hepatitis B vaccine; polio vaccine (if under the age of 18) and the Meningoccocal vaccine. Mandatory Immunization Forms may be obtained here: https://p.widencdn.net/hrdpoj/. You must have completed immunization documentation prior to class registration in order to enroll in any courses. All immunization forms must be translated in English.
c.     You are fully and solely responsible for the payment of any premiums or other costs associated with maintaining health insurance coverage, and USC IAP is not responsible for payment of any funds related to a student’s health insurance. Be advised that the cost of health insurance is typically non-refundable, unless permitted by the terms and conditions of a particular plan. 
 USC IAP Policies, Procedures and Requirements

13.  Vacation, Holidays and Closures. Please familiarize yourself with USC IAP’s calendar for holidays and vacations. Classes will not be held on designated school vacations and may be cancelled on public holidays. We do not make reimbursements for classes not offered due to planned or unplanned school closures.

14.  Absences. Failure to meet attendance requirements may lead to penalties, including loss of immigration status and deportation. You will not receive a refund if you lose immigration status due to class absences.

15.  Medical Withdrawal. If you need to withdraw for medical reasons you must apply for a valid medical withdrawal through the University’s International Student Services Office. We will honor any tuition refunds granted by the University for a medical withdrawal in conflict with this Enrollment Contract, but please be aware that certain housing and other USC IAP fees may not be refundable.

16.  Program of Study. Upon arrival on campus, you will be required to take an English language assessment test. The results of the assessment test are used to place you on the program track that is appropriate for your skill level, which may be different from what was indicated on your conditional offer letter. If your assessment test score does not meet the criteria for your assigned program track you will not be able to enroll on that track. As a result, the length of study may be longer than originally anticipated, and involve additional costs including tuition and other fees. If you choose to withdraw from USC IAP because you do not wish to enroll in the track that your assessment test results require, the refund terms contained in this Enrollment Contract will apply to you.

17.  Consecutive Semesters. You must complete your coursework in consecutive semesters. This requirement may be waived by the Managing Director of USC IAP only in extenuating circumstances.

18.  Academic Performance. Students are accepted to USC IAP with the strict understanding that adherence to the USC IAP academic standards and progression requirements, which can be found at https://sc.edu/study/international_accelerator/graduate_accelerator/graduate_degrees/,as may be amended, is mandatory. You will not be allowed to proceed if you do not meet the minimum standards set by USC IAP.  If you are unable to proceed, you may be offered advice on suitable alternatives, including repeating courses or dismissal from USC IAP. These alternative options may involve additional time and costs, including tuition and other fees which may require presenting additional proof of finances.

19.  Academic or Conduct Rule and Policy Violations. you may be suspended or expelled if you violate any of USC IAP's policies, rules, or regulations, which may result in the revocation of your immigration status. No refund will be given in cases of suspension or expulsion.

20.  Dismissal. If you are dismissed from USC IAP for any reason you may not-reapply to USC IAP the University, your current program, or any other program offered by USC IAP.

Legal

21.  Photography, Filming and Sound Recording. USC IAP or its representatives, affiliates, successors and related companies may arrange to photograph or shoot video footage of students for purposes of advertising, public relations, and/or promotion in any medium throughout the world, including on social media sites and on the internet. If you do not wish to participate you must advise us in writing and state at the time of the photography or video shooting the wish not to participate. By accepting this Enrollment Contract you are indicating your consent to use these photographs or video footage without further consent or notifications unless you follow the above opt-out requirements.

22.  Force Majeure. USC IAP will not be liable in cases USC IAP is unable to fulfill any services because of fire, natural disaster, national emergency, act of government, acts of war or terrorism, failure of suppliers or subcontractors, labor disputes or any other reasons which are beyond USC IAP's control.

23.  Liability. The liability of Shorelight-Palmetto], LLC d/b/a USC IAP, its parent Shorelight Education, LLC, and their group companies, their directors, officers, employees, affiliates, agents and partners with respect to losses arising from negligence (except where such liability cannot be excluded as a matter of law), breach of contract or otherwise will be limited in all circumstances to the full amount paid to USC IAP, or the relevant group company by the relevant student for the particular program. Such companies and persons will in no circumstances have any liability for indirect or consequential losses or damages. Any dispute, claim or other matter arising will be subject to the jurisdiction and laws of the SC without regard to the choice of law rules. Any legal suit, action or proceeding seeking to enforce any provision of, or based on any right or issues arising out of or related to this Enrollment Contract, shall be brought exclusively in the  United States District Court for the State of South Carolina. By signing these terms and conditions, the student consents to and accepts the jurisdictions of such courts for the purpose of any such action or proceeding and agree to waive any objection to venue being laid therein.
 
University Policies, Procedures and Requirements
 
24.  As a graduate student at USC IAP you are also bound by the rules and regulations governing USC (“[U]” or “University”), as those may be amended from time to time. These rules and regulations may be found at:  https://www.sc.edu/about/offices_and_divisions/student_conduct_and_academic_integrity/documents/code_of_conduct.pdf.
25.  In addition to this Enrollment Contract, as part of your conditional offer you have received other University information and documents that contain additional terms of your participation. Please familiarize yourself with all documentation provided to you by USC.

26.  In addition to the health insurance requirements listed in this Enrollment Contract, the terms of your health insurance must meet the USC requirements. You are fully and solely responsible for the payment of any premiums or other costs associated with maintaining health insurance coverage, and USC is not responsible for payment of any funds related to your health insurance. 

27.  Unless we inform you otherwise, your books and learning materials must be purchased through the University Bookstore.

28.  Academic or Conduct Rule and Policy Violations. You are required to adhere to the USC’s Academic Integrity Code, which can be found at https://www.sc.edu/about/offices_and_divisions/student_conduct_and_academic_integrity/index.php.You may be suspended or expelled if you violate any of USC]’s policies, rules, or regulations, which may result in the revocation of your immigration status. No refund will be given in cases of suspension or expulsion.

29.  Dismissal. If you are dismissed from USC IAP or from the University for any reason you may not-reapply to USC IAP the University, your current program, or any other program offered by USC IAP.

30.  Force Majeure.  USC is not liable in cases where USC is unable to fulfill any services because of fire, natural disaster, national emergency, act of government, acts of war or terrorism, failure of suppliers or subcontractors, labor disputes or any other reasons which are beyond USC's control.
 
Visa Status
 
31.  F-1 Status. In order to maintain proper F-1 visa status, you must comply with all applicable Federal regulations related to study in the U.S., including pursuit of a full course of study. Please review USC’s policies on student visa status and immigration. You will be in jeopardy of losing your immigration status if you fail to maintain the necessary academic standing. We will be required to report any violation by you of your F-1 status to the SEVIS database of the DHS. Your personally identifiable information, including course enrollment details and changes, and circumstances of any suspected breach by you of USC’s or USC IAP’s policies may be shared with the DHS, USC and accrediting agencies, designated authorities, your parents, and USC IAP staff and agents. If you intend to seek permanent resident status at any point during your anticipated tenure at USC, you must disclose such intent at the time of application. Please be aware that scheduling and class attendance conflicts that arise from pursuing immigration status changes will not be accommodated and may prevent you from continuing at [your studies. You may be dismissed if you seek or obtain a change in you permanent residency. No refunds will be given if you must withdraw due to your actual or anticipated change to permanent resident status.