Consumer Information Disclosures

Allegany College of Maryland shares the following consumer information with you relating to our educational processes and services in accordance with the Federal Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 1965.

This consumer information webpage is updated periodically.  If you have any questions or would like a paper copy of any of this information, please contact Ms. Vicki A. Smith, Director of Student Financial Aid Programs at vsmith@allegany.edu.

General information about the college, including tuition, fees, and miscellaneous costs, financial aid, refund policies, withdrawal policies, federal law regarding the return of certain grants and loans, and information about the college’s academic programs may be found in the official ACM College Catalog.


General Institutional Information


  • Accreditation, Approval, and Licensure of ACM and its Programs – A comprehensive list of the associations, agencies, and governmental bodies with which ACM holds an accreditation and/or approval, along with the corresponding contact and complaint filing information, can be found in ACM's Digital Catalog or National Center for Education Statistics
  • Academic ProgramsA description of all the programs of study offered at ACM
  • Student DiversityACM makes available to you information pertaining to our student body diversity, which includes the percentage of enrolled, full-time students in the following categories:
  • Male
  • Female
  • Self-identified members of a major racial or ethnic group
  • Federal Pell Grant recipients
  • Net Price Calculator
  • Dropping A Class vs. Withdrawing from All Classes – Dropping a class or classes is different than officially withdrawing from the College. Both require additional paperwork through our Registration Office.
  • Refund Policy for Withdrawal
  • Return of Title IV FundsCalculation performed when a federal financial aid recipient officially or unofficially withdraws from Allegany College of Maryland. An unofficial withdrawal happens when a student stops attending all classes without completing the official withdrawal paperwork.
  • Academic Calendar
  • Textbook Information – View our online Textbook Lookup site, which includes the prices and the ISBN information
  • Institutional Facilities – Information regarding instructional, laboratory, and physical plant facilities associated with ACM’s academic programs.
  • Faculty
  • Transfer of Credit Policy – ACM has established criteria which students must meet in order to successfully transfer credits to us which have been earned at another institution.
  • Approved Articulation Agreements - Agreements between ACM and other institutions for the pre-approved transferability of credits between the institutions.
  • Written ArrangementsThe ACM Student Financial Aid Office will serve only at the Host Institution for Consortium Agreements.
  • Copyright Infringement PolicyACM’s policy and sanctions related to copyright infringement, the civil and criminal penalties for individuals involved in such actions and disciplinary action that will be taken against students engaged in unauthorized distribution of copyrighted materials through ACM’s information technology system
  • Education Instruction and Leadership Department Page – plans for improving academic programs
  • Study AbroadACM does not currently have any study abroad programs
  • GED Options
  • Constitution DayACM commemorates Constitution Day every September 17 by holding various educational programs, unless it is on a day when school is not in session, in which case it will be celebrated the preceding week.

FERPA
  • The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act/Privacy of Student Records – FERPA was implemented in 1974 as a federal law to protect the privacy of student education records.  FERPA gives students the right to review their education records, seek to amend inaccurate information in their records, provide consent for the disclosure of their records and file a complaint with the Family Policy Compliance Office concerning potential violations.  This law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.     ACM’s policy regarding FERPA can be accessed at:

Notification of Rights under FERPA

 The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords eligible students certain rights with respect to their education records. (An “eligible student” under FERPA is a student who is 18 years of age or older or who attends a postsecondary institution at any age.) These rights include:

 1.  The right to inspect and review the student's education records within 45 days after the day Allegany College of Maryland receives a request for access. A student should submit to the Director of Admissions, Advising, and Registration a written request that identifies the record(s) the student wishes to inspect. The school 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 school official to whom the request was submitted, that official shall advise the student of the correct official to whom the request should be addressed.

2.  The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the student believes is inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights under FERPA.

A student who wishes to ask Allegany College of Maryland to amend a record should write to the Director of Admissions, Advising, and Registration, clearly identify the part of the record the student wants changed, and specify why it should be changed.

If Allegany College of Maryland decides not to amend the record as requested, Allegany College of Maryland will notify the student in writing of the decision and the student’s 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.

 3.  The right to provide written consent before Allegany College of Maryland discloses personally identifiable information (PII) from the student's education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.

 Allegany College of Maryland discloses education records without a student’s prior written consent under the FERPA exception for disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official typically includes a person employed by Allegany College of Maryland in an administrative, supervisory, academic, research, or support staff position (including law enforcement unit personnel and health staff); a person serving on the board of trustees; or a student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee. A school official also may include a volunteer or contractor outside of Allegany College of Maryland who performs an institutional service or function for which the school would otherwise use its own employees and who is under the direct control of the school with respect to the use and maintenance of PII from education records, such as an attorney, auditor, or collection agent or a student volunteering to assist another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official typically has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibilities for Allegany College of Maryland.

 4.  The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by Allegany College of Maryland to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the office that administers FERPA is:

Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202

 [NOTE: In addition, a school may want to include its directory information public notice, as required by § 99.37 of the regulations, with its annual notification of rights under FERPA.]

 Below is a list of the disclosures that Allegany College of Maryland may make without consent.

 FERPA permits the disclosure of PII from students’ education records, without consent of the student, if the disclosure meets certain conditions found in § 99.31 of the FERPA regulations. Except for disclosures to school officials, disclosures related to some judicial orders or lawfully issued subpoenas, disclosures of directory information, and disclosures to the student, § 99.32 of FERPA regulations requires the institution to record the disclosure. Eligible students have a right to inspect and review the record of disclosures. A postsecondary institution may disclose PII from the education records without obtaining prior written consent of the student -

  • To other school officials, including teachers, within ACM whom the school has determined to have legitimate educational interests. This includes contractors, consultants, volunteers, or other parties to whom the school has outsourced institutional services or functions, provided that the conditions listed in § 99.31(a)(1)(i)(B)(1) - (a)(1)(i)(B)(3) are met. (§ 99.31(a)(1))
  • To officials of another school where the student seeks or intends to enroll, or where the student is already enrolled if the disclosure is for purposes related to the student’s enrollment or transfer, subject to the requirements of § 99.34. (§ 99.31(a)(2))
  • To authorized representatives of the U. S. Comptroller General, the U.S. Attorney General, the U.S. Secretary of Education, or State and local educational authorities, such activity on their behalf. (§§ 99.31(a)(3) and 99.35)
  • In connection with financial aid for which the student has applied or which the student has received, if the information is necessary to determine eligibility for the aid, determine the amount of the aid, determine the conditions of the aid, or enforce the terms and conditions of the aid. (§ 99.31(a)(4))
  • To organizations conducting studies for, or on behalf of, the school, in order to: (a) develop, validate, or administer predictive tests; (b) administer student aid programs; or (c) improve instruction. (§ 99.31(a)(6))
  • To accrediting organizations to carry out their accrediting functions. (§ 99.31(a)(7))
  • To parents of an eligible student if the student is a dependent for IRS tax purposes. (§ 99.31(a)(8))
  • To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena. (§ 99.31(a)(9))
  • To appropriate officials in connection with a health or safety emergency, subject to § 99.36. (§ 99.31(a)(10))
  • Information the school has designated as “directory information” under § 99.37. (§ 99.31(a)(11))
  • To a victim of an alleged perpetrator of a crime of violence or a non-forcible sex offense, subject to the requirements of § 99.39. The disclosure may only include the final results of the disciplinary proceeding with respect to that alleged crime or offense, regardless of the finding. (§ 99.31(a)(13))
  • To the general public, the final results of a disciplinary proceeding, subject to the requirements of § 99.39, if the school determines the student is an alleged perpetrator of a crime of violence or non-forcible sex offense and the student has committed a violation of the school’s rules or policies with respect to the allegation made against him or her. (§ 99.31(a)(14))
  • To parents of a student regarding the student’s violation of any Federal, State, or local law, or of any rule or policy of the school, governing the use or possession of alcohol or a controlled substance if the school determines the student committed a disciplinary violation and the student is under the age of 21. (§99.31(a)(15))
  • Student Handbook
  • ACM FERPA Point of Contact: Jennifer Engelbach

Student Financial Aid Information


Computer Policies and Procedures



Health and Safety


Student Outcomes

  • Placement of, and types of employment obtained by, graduates of ACM - Please check the specific program information in the ACM College Catalog.
  • College Navigator WebsiteThe Department of Education is required to post data about ACM on this website annually.
  • Graduation, Transfer-Out Rates, and Retention Rates (Student Right to Know Act) – Graduation rate of first-time, full time students who completed their program of study within 150% of the normal projected timeframe, transfer-out rates, and retention rates as reported to the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)
  • Intercollegiate Athletic Program Participation Rates and Financial Support Data (Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act - EADA) – Information regarding participation rates, completion/graduation rates, transfer-out rates, financial support, and other data related to ACM’s student athletic program.
  • Voter Registration - Students are encouraged to vote in all elections. Paper forms are available in our Admissions and Registration Office or online at: https://www.usa.gov/register-to-vote for federal elections and at: https://elections.maryland.gov/ for Maryland State elections.

Contact Information

The following employees of Allegany College of Maryland have been designated to assist enrolled or prospective students in obtaining information on our school, financial assistance, graduation and retention rates, security policies, and crime statistics:

Vicki A Smith 
Director of Student Financial Aid

301-784-5354

Jennifer Engelbach 
Director of Advising, Admissions, and Registration

301-784-5656

Dr. Renee Conner 
Dean of Student and Legal Affairs

301-784-5206


Nondiscrimination Policy – The Student Financial Aid Office of Allegany College of Maryland offers free financial aid counseling services to all persons who request such help.  All students attending the College are awarded all of the student financial aid for which they are eligible.  Students have the right to cancel/decline some or all of any student financial aid award.  ACM’s Student Financial Aid Office does not discriminate on the basis of curriculum, race color, creed, national or ethnic origin, gender religion, disability, age, veteran status, or citizenship status (except in those circumstances permitted or mandated by Federal law) when awarding or disbursing student financial assistance.

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