1. By submitting this application you are agreeing to these terms and conditions, which form a legal contract between you and The University of South Carolina International Accelerator Program (“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 University of South Carolina (“USC”) 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 to the USC IAP, you will be placed in the appropriate program track based on the 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 USC, and you may be subject to conditions prior to progressing to full degree-seeking status.
3. Students applying with post-secondary college credits are subject to additional requirements. You must disclose any post-secondary college credits upon submission of your application. If you have taken credit-bearing university-level courses after the completion of high school, you must meet the current secondary school GPA requirements as well as any GPA requirements for post-secondary college credits, regardless of whether or not you wish to transfer such credit. Please check USC’s requirements prior to submitting this application. Vocational and ESL studies are not considered during the admissions review process. If you have 30 or more tranferrable post-secondary credits (equivalent to one year of study towards a bachelor's degree) you are not eligible for the Accelerator Program tracks, but you may be considered for standard transfer entry to USC, which will be determined by USC based on your post-secondary academic credentials. Applicants with less than 30 hours of transferrable post-secondary credits will be evaluated for admission on the basis of both secondary and post-secondary academic work. Transfer credits must be submitted to an accredited evaluation service (WES, SILNY) as soon as possible after acceptance into USC. Transfer credits will apply toward academic years 2, 3, and 4 only. There is no guarantee that post-secondary college credits will be accepted.
Enrollment Contract – Student’s Acceptance of the Offer
1. By submitting your deposit you are agreeing to this Enrollment Contract, which forms a legal contract between you and the University of South Carolina International Accelerator Program (“USC IAP ” “we” or “us”). USC IAP 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 due date indicated on the invoice. You are responsible for paying the full invoice amount, including any banking or processing fees, to USC IAP. USC IAP has the right to amend prices due to University actions, governmental actions, or other events beyond its control.
4. Failure to Pay. Failure to pay by your payment deadline may lead to penalties, including late fees, inability to gain access to campus housing and use of a meal plan, 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/undergraduate_accelerator/how_to_apply/admissions/direct_admission/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 program at USC are nonrefundable. For students in pre-sessional English, you are eligible for a refund of your Accelerator Program tuition if you do not continue your studies or progress into the IAP program.
|Intake Semester||Last day for 100% refund||Last day for 50% refund||Last day for 20% refund||Being 0% refund|
|Summer 2019||June 6, 2019||June 12, 2019||June 17, 2019||June 18, 2019|
|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|
|Summer 2020||June 8, 2020||June 13, 2020||June 20, 2020||June 21, 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.
Accommodations & Services
8. 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/. Airport transfers are available for your initial arrival on campus for flights arriving at CAE (Columbia, SC) airport. We cannot guarantee a reservation for a request made less than 2 weeks in advance. 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.
9. Housing Accommodation and Meal Plan. You are required to commit to a reservation in approved USC IAP housing. Your statement of fees will reflect your requested housing option; however, final housing will be determined shortly before or upon arrival and is subject to availability. You will be required to sign a housing contract upon arrival. If you are unable to live in USC IAP-approved housing, you must request a housing waiver by completing the housing preference form. Please be aware that we will only waive the housing requirement in extenuating circumstances, as all first year undergraduate students are required to live in USC Housing during the first year. Payment for housing is due in full two weeks prior to the move-in date unless you are on a payment plan pre-approved by 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. You must also purchase and enroll in a meal plan. The cost of a meal plan is nonrefundable during the semester in which you cancel the meal plan, but you may receive a meal plan refund for future semesters.
10. Summer Housing. Many residence halls on campus close during the summer months. Students may be required to move out of their housing at the end of the spring term and into different housing for the summer term. There may be a break of several weeks between these terms, and students will be asked to find storage options for their belongings during this break. Summer housing is less expensive in most cases, and the pricing takes these breaks into consideration.
11. Health Insurance. All international students are required to be covered by health insurance that meets the U.S. Government and South Carolina requirements. 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://sc.edu/about/offices_and_divisions/student_health_services/documents/immunization-form-revised112816.pdf. 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 neither USC nor USC IAP shall be 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
12. Vacation, Holidays and School Closures. Please familiarize yourself with the University’s Academic Calendar for holidays and vacations. Classes will not be held on designated school vacations and may be canceled on public holidays. We do not make reimbursements for classes not offered due to planned or unplanned school closures.
13. 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.
14. Medical Withdrawal. If you need to withdraw from USC IAP for medical reasons you must apply for a valid medical withdrawal through the Student Disability Resource Center. 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 fees associated with USC IAP may not be refundable.
15. 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 score enables you to move to a more advanced track, you may be eligible for a refund of tuition for the difference in tuition and fees, minus a $500 transfer fee. 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 the 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.
16. Academic Performance. Students are accepted to the 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/undergraduate_accelerator/how_to_apply/admissions/as, 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.
17. Academic or Conduct Rule and Policy Violations. you may be suspended or expelled if you violate any of USC’s or 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.
18. Dismissal. If you are dismissed from the University or USC IAP for any reason you may not-reapply to the University, your current program, or any other program offered by USC IAP.
19. 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.
20. Force Majeure. USC and USC IAP will not be liable in cases where USC and/or 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.
21. 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, 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 South Carolina 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 Federal Court 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
22. As a student at USC IAP you are also bound by the rules and regulations governing the University of South Carolina (“USC” or “University”), as those may be amended from time to time. These rules and regulations may be found at: http://bulletin.sc.edu/content.php?catoid=52&navoid=1280. 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.
23. In addition to the health insurance requirements listed in this Enrollment Contract, the terms of you health insurance must meet 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.
24. Unless we inform you otherwise, your books and learning materials must be purchased through the University Bookstore.
25. Conduct Rule and Policy Violations. You are required to adhere to the USC’s Code of Conduct, 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.
26. Dismissal. If you are dismissed from the University for any reason you may not-reapply to USC IAP.
27. 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.
28. 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.