Graduate Enrollment Contract

Application Terms:

  1. By submitting this application, you are agreeing to these terms and conditions, which form a binding agreement between you and Auburn Global. If you are submitting this application on behalf of another person it is your responsibility to ensure that the person applying to Auburn Global 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 Auburn University.

Enrollment Contract – Student’s Acceptance of the Offer

AUBURN GLOBAL ENROLLMENT CONTRACT

General

  1. By submitting your deposit you are agreeing to this Enrollment Contract, which forms a binding agreement between you and Auburn Global (“Auburn Global” “we” or “us”). Auburn Global 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 Auburn Global.
  3. No Tuition Waivers: Tuition waivers and remissions, including but not limited to assistantships, scholarships, and stipends, are not available to Auburn Global students from Auburn University. The only tuition reduction that can be offered is through Auburn Global. These tuition reduction agreements are decided prior to the start of your program and cannot be changed at any time. You will not be eligible to receive any additional tuition reduction during your Auburn Global program or during subsequent years as an Auburn University student.
  4. Degree Verification and Non-US Institutions. Auburn University is a U.S. accredited university. You may be required to submit your degree for verification (sometimes called “validation” or “authentication”), either by your employer or your country’s education authority if you wish to live and work in your home country. It is your responsibility to determine what level of verification is needed and how to obtain it. We do not guarantee that your Auburn University degree will be verified outside of the U.S. Degree verification does not impact the validity or value of your degree in the U.S. Further, we do not guarantee that credits earned at Auburn University will be transferrable to systems of higher education outside of the U.S. Whether and how much transfer credit to award is in the discretion of the foreign institution.

Tuition and Fees; Refunds

  1. Tuition and fees payment: Following payment of the deposit, you must pay the remaining outstanding balance shown on your Statement of Fees by the indicated due date. You are responsible for paying the full amount, including any banking or processing fees, to Auburn Global. Auburn Global has the right to amend its prices.
  2. 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, a hold on your account that will prevent you from enrolling in classes, or lead to cancellation of your class schedule. If you are unable to enroll or remain enrolled due to nonpayment of tuition and fees you may become in violation of your immigration status, and AU 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 Auburn Global for failure to pay the full amount on your Statement of Fees.
  3. Deposit Refunds. To be eligible for a refund of your deposit, within 60 days after your program’s start date you must submit a written refund request together with documentation showing your visa application was denied before your move-in date. Otherwise, we do not refund deposits.
  4. Graduate Enrollment Deferrals. Deferrals must be requested prior to or within 60 days after your original move-in date. You may defer your enrollment for up to one calendar year (i.e., two consecutive semesters, not including summer); however, your deposit will roll-over for one deferral only, not including summer (i.e., a Spring deposit will apply for next Fall, but a new deposit is required starting with the following Spring semester if you defer again). We will not refund your original deposit. After one calendar year, you will be required to re-apply with a new application and deposit.
  5. Refunds for Cancellation of Enrollment. If you cancel your enrollment prior to your move-in date (found here: https://global.auburn.edu/flight/) you may request a full refund of fees paid, less housing and any other non-refundable fees. After the no refund dates listed below, all tuition and fees for the entire duration of your tenure at Auburn Global are nonrefundable.
Intake Semester
Last day for 100% refund
Last day for 95% refund
Last day for 90% refund
Last day for 85% refund
Last day for 80% refund
Last day for 75% refund
Begin 0% refund
Fall 1 - August
1 day before classes start
3rd day of class
6th day of class
9th day of class
12th day of class
15th day of class
16th day of class
Fall 2 - September
1 day before classes start
1st day of class
2nd day of class
3rd day of class
4th day of class
5th day of class
6th day of class
Spring
1 day before classes start
3rd day of class
6th day of class
9th day of class
12th day of class
15th day of class
16th day of class
Summer
1 day before classes start
1st day of class
2nd day of class
3rd day of class
4th day of class
5th day of class
6th day of class
Session II
1 day before classes start
1st day of class
2nd day of class
  1. Auburn Global Visa-Denial Refund Exceptions- Virtual Start. If you begin your program virtually through Auburn Global, you acknowledge that completing your program on-campus will require you to obtain a valid U.S. study visa, and that Auburn Global does not guarantee you will receive your visa. Moreover, you may not know if you are denied a visa until after completing all or a substantial portion of your virtual studies. If you are denied a visa after you have successfully completed the virtual portion of your program, Auburn Global will allow you to defer the start of your next consecutive term up to three semesters / quarters (approximately 12 months). If, during the three-semester / quarter deferral period, you are denied a U.S. visa two or more times, you may be eligible for a refund of 50% of your tuition paid, subject to meeting the following conditions: (1) you submit documentation to Auburn Global (your visa denial letter and proof of visa appointment) verifying at least two U.S. visa denials prior to the move-in date for your next term of study, and (2) you remain in good standing and achieve a GPA of 3.0 or higher during the virtual portion of your program. No refund is available if you are able to continue in your degree program online.
  2. Auburn Global Visa-Denial Refund Exceptions- Live Start. If you begin your studies through Auburn Live, you acknowledge that completion of your studies will require you to obtain a valid U.S. visa for study, and that Auburn Global cannot guarantee you will receive your visa. Moreover, you may not know if you are denied a visa until after completing all or a substantial portion of your Auburn Live program. If you are denied a visa after successfully completing any part of your Auburn Live program, we will allow you to defer the start of your next consecutive term up to three semesters (approximately 12 months). If, during the three-semester deferral period, you are denied a U.S. visa two or more times, you may be eligible for a refund of 75% of your tuition paid, subject to meeting the following conditions: (1) you submit documentation to Auburn Global verifying at least two U.S. visa denials prior to the move-in date for your next term of study (your visa denial letter and proof of visa appointment), and (2) you achieve a GPA of [3.0] ) or higher during the Live portion of your program. No refund is available if you are able to continue in your degree (or if applicable, certificate) program online.
  3. Refunds Generally. Except for deposit refund requests, you must submit your refund request for all eligible refunds within 60 days of program completion, withdrawal, or dismissal. The request form can be found here. All refunds will be issued in U.S. Dollars, minus bank transfer and processing fees, including any fees incurred for a rejected payment, according to the exchange rate in place at the time of the refund. All eligible refunds will be processed when students complete, withdraw, or are dismissed from our program. This may be transferred to the student’s university account or processed as a refund directly to the student. Refunds are typically issued within 60 business days from receipt of completed form

Accommodations & Services

  1. Airport Transfers. Requests for airport transfer service must be made at least 2 weeks in advance of arrival by visiting global.auburn.edu/before-you-arrive. Airport transfers are available for your initial arrival on campus for flights arriving at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International 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 Auburn Global staff of the new arrival date or time. Airport transfer fees are nonrefundable.
  2. Housing Accommodation and Meal Plan. On-campus housing is not available for students enrolled in Auburn Global graduate level programs. Please contact the Auburn Global office for information about off-campus housing options. If you are interested in purchasing a meal plan please contact Auburn Global. If you elect to live in one of Auburn Global’s off-campus housing options, we will provide you with a housing contract on or prior to your move-in date containing the terms of your residency. If you choose not to live in Auburn Global housing, you must request a housing waiver by completing the housing preference form. 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 Auburn Global. 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.
  3. Health Insurance. All international graduate students studying in Auburn Global programs are required to be covered by health insurance that meets the U.S. Government, Alabama, and local 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 an Auburn Global 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://cws.auburn.edu/shared/content/files/1749/Revised]. 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 Auburn Global 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.
  4. Internships and Externships. If you are accepted into an internship or externship option, such as Career Premium, all opportunities will be awarded by a third-party organization at such organization’s sole discretion.

Auburn Global Policies, Procedures and Requirements

  1. Vacation, Holidays and Closures. Please familiarize yourself with the academic 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Medical Withdrawal. If you need to withdraw for medical reasons you must apply for a valid medical withdrawal through the Auburn Cares Office. We will honor any tuition refunds granted by the University for a medical withdrawal that are in conflict with this Enrollment Contract, but please be aware that certain housing and other Auburn Global fees may not be refundable.
  4. 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 in 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 in 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 Auburn Global 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.
  5. Consecutive Semesters. You must complete your coursework in consecutive semesters. This requirement may be waived by the Managing Director of Auburn Global only in extenuating circumstances.
  6. Academic Performance. Students are accepted to Auburn Global with the strict understanding that adherence to the Auburn Global academic standards and progression requirements, which can be found at https://global.auburn.edu/map/progression-requirements/, is mandatory. You will not be allowed to proceed if you do not meet the minimum standards set by Auburn Global. If you are unable to proceed, you may be offered advice on suitable alternatives, including repeating courses or dismissal from Auburn Global. These alternative options may involve additional time and costs, including tuition and other fees which may require presenting additional proof of finances.
  7. Academic or Conduct Rule and Policy Violations. you may be suspended or expelled if you violate any of Auburn Global’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.
  8. Dismissal. If you are dismissed from Auburn Global for any reason you may not-reapply to Auburn Global the University, your current program, or any other program offered by Auburn Global.
  9. Legal Compliance. We have a legal obligation to comply with U.S. laws and regulations. We may use certain information you provided to us on your application to ensure our compliance with export and other regulations by screening you against lists prepared by federal government agencies, such as those prepared by the Office of Foreign Assets Control(OFAC) of the U.S. Department of the Treasury. You hereby consent to the transfer of your personally identifiable information to third-party screening services that we have retained solely to conduct such screenings.

Legal

  1. Photography, Filming and Sound Recording. Auburn Global 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.
  2. Force Majeure. Auburn Global will not be liable in cases where Auburn University and/or Auburn Global is unable to fulfill any services because of fire, natural disaster, disease or pandemic, national emergency, act of government, acts of war or terrorism, failure of suppliers or subcontractors, labor disputes or any other reasons which are beyond Auburn University’s or Auburn Global’s control.
  3. Liability. The liability of Shorelight-Auburn Global, LLC d/b/a Auburn Global, 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 AU, Auburn Global, or the relevant group company by the relevant student for his/her 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 State of Alabama 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 Middle District of Alabama. 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

  1. As a graduate student at Auburn Global you are also bound by the rules and regulations governing Auburn University(“AU” or “University”), as those may be amended from time to time.  These rules and regulations may be found at: http://www.auburn.edu/student_info/student_policies/.
  2. 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 AU through Auburn Global.
  3. In addition to the health insurance requirements listed in this Enrollment Contract, the terms of your health insurance must meet AU requirements. You are fully and solely responsible for the payment of any premiums or other costs associated with maintaining health insurance coverage, and AU is not responsible for payment of any funds related to your health insurance.
  4. Unless we inform you otherwise, your books and learning materials must be purchased through the University Bookstore.
  5. Academic or Conduct Rule and Policy Violations. You are required to adhere to the AU’s Student Policy Handbook which can be found at https://sites.auburn.edu/admin/universitypolicies/Policies/CodeofStudentConduct.pdf. You may be suspended or expelled if you violate any of AU’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.
  6. Dismissal. If you are dismissed from Auburn Global or from the University for any reason you may not-reapply to Auburn Global, the University, your current program, or any other program offered by Auburn Global.
  7. Force Majeure. Auburn University is not liable in cases where Auburn University is unable to fulfill any services because of fire, natural disaster, disease or pandemic, national emergency, act of government, acts of war or terrorism, failure of suppliers or subcontractors, labor disputes or any other reasons which are beyond Auburn University’s control.
  8. FERPA. In accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), the student permits Auburn Global and Auburn University to disclose personally identifiable information, including information pertaining to student’s application, educational records, and financial information, to student’s parent(s), guardian(s), sponsor(s), sponsorship bodies, and recruiter(s). These permissions remain in effect during the student’s entire tenure at Auburn University and include permission to provide information about academic progress, course grades and grade point average, as well as attendance records and conduct violations

Visa Status

  1. 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 AU’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 AU’s or Auburn Global’s policies may be shared with the DHS, AU and accrediting agencies, designated authorities, your parents, and Auburn Global staff and agents. If you intend to seek permanent resident status at any point during your anticipated tenure at AU, 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.