The information provided in this Consumer Information Guide is intended to meet the federal requirements set forth by the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA), as amended by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA). Educational institutions are required to disclose specific consumer information about the school to current and prospective students. The following is a summary of such consumer information with references to additional details and reports. Although every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information, material, and data contained within this document, absolute accuracy is not guaranteed. Questions about the compilation of this document or its contents should be directed to the Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness at (561) 803-2055.
Updated: September 9, 2019
Palm Beach Atlantic University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award bachelor’s, master’s, doctor of pharmacy, and doctor of nursing practice degrees. For questions about the accreditation of Palm Beach Atlantic University, contact the Commission on Colleges at: 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, call (404) 679-4500, or visit www.sacscoc.org. Click here for the full accreditation statement. Persons wishing to review documents related to the accreditation of Palm Beach Atlantic University should contact the Office of Accreditation and Assessment at (561) 803-2050.
Palm Beach Atlantic University complies with all applicable federal and state nondiscrimination laws and does not engage in unlawful discrimination on the basis of age, gender, disability, veteran status, race, color or national origin in any employment practice, admissions, education program or educational activity. This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions, employment and access to and treatment in University programs, services and activities.
Palm Beach Atlantic University is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II and a member of the Sunshine State Conference. School colors are navy blue and white. The school mascot is the Sailfish. PBA has nine women’s intercollegiate sports (basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, track, and volleyball) and eight men’s intercollegiate sports (baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, and track). Click here to visit the official website of PBA athletics.
Graduation and academic success rates are reported annually to NCAA and are provided to student athletes, 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.
The Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act (EADA) requires co-educational institutions of postsecondary education that participate in a Title IV, federal student financial assistance program, and have an intercollegiate athletic program, to prepare an annual report to the Department of Education on athletic participation, staffing, and revenues and expenses, by men's and women's intercollegiate athletic teams. The Department of Education will use this information in preparing its required report to the Congress on gender equity in intercollegiate athletics.
In 1990, Congress enacted the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act (Title II of Public Law 101-542), which amended the Higher Education Act of 1965. The 1998 amendments renamed the law the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. Click here to view the most recently published campus Clery report and to learn more on the services provided by PBA”s Campus Safety Office.
PBA utilizes an alert messaging system for current students, faculty and staff. The alert messaging system sends text messages to cell numbers in the event of an emergency. Click here for emergency response and evacuation procedures, particularly in the event of a hurricane.
Cash Management Contracts
Palm Beach Atlantic University has a Tier 1 arrangement with Tuition Management Systems for processing direct payments of Title IV funds on behalf of Palm Beach Atlantic University. Under the Department of Education Title IV cash management regulations, institutions are required to publicly disclose any contract that governs a Tier One or Tier Two Arrangement as well as information about the costs incurred by students who elect to use a financial account offered under one of those arrangements. The total consideration paid or received by the parties under the terms of this contract include the following:
The contract may be viewed here.
FERPA: Notice of Rights and Confidentiality of Student Records
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. Annually, Palm Beach Atlantic University informs students of these rights. A student’s rights are as follows:
Here are a multitude of resources pertaining to student financial aid. Information on the web includes:
Palm Beach Atlantic University publishes annually its University Catalog and makes it available to students (prospective or enrolled) and parents seeking information about:
Because of the nature of federal, state, and institutional guidelines affecting financial aid programs, the information contained in this document is subject to change.
Graduation & Completion Rates
Retention and graduation rates for degree-seeking first-time full-time undergraduate students can be obtained in PBA’s Fact Book. Completion and graduation rates for a specific cohort of the general student body can be viewed in the annual publication of PBA’s Common Data Set.
International Study Opportunities
Students can pursue a variety of opportunities to complement their studies through international education. Participation in these opportunities is an educational privilege awarded to the students in good standing in the areas of academics, discipline, Workship, and Chapel.
David and Leighan Rinker Center for Experiential Learning (RCEL)
PBA students are encouraged to study abroad in one of 20+ locations for a semester or a summer through the David and Leighan Rinker Center for Experiential Learning. With planning, the majority of PBA students can study abroad while receiving academic credit towards their 4-year degree plan. During a full semester program, students are enrolled full-time at a university abroad and receive PBA academic credit towards their degree while utilizing all of their financial aid.
To participate in a study abroad program, a student must:
RCEL also offers PBA courses for academic credit that include an international travel component. These programs vary each year, and are facilitated by various schools on campus. Previous trips have included:
RCEL partners with various departments on campus to facilitate volunteer opportunities for students to serve the global community. Departments that offer these opportunities have included the Gregory Center for Medical Missions, CM Global, Nursing, Global Development, and Intercultural Studies.
Interested students should contact CEL@pba.edu or visit the website pbaabroad.pba.edu for further information. RCEL is located in Okeechobee Hall, office 108.
Institutional Drug & Alcohol Abuse Policy and Information
Policy on alcohol and drugs is published annually in the student handbook The Navigator. Included is information on actions the school will take against a student who violates PBA’s Community Values System.
Notification of Disclosure of Directory Information
At its discretion, the institution may provide Directory Information in accordance with the provisions of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act to include: student name, address, telephone number, electronic mail address, photograph, grade level, enrollment status, date and place of birth, major/minor fields of study, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received, previous educational agency or institution attended by the student, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, and weight and height of members of athletic teams.
A student may withhold Directory Information by notifying the Office of the Registrar in writing within one week after the published beginning date for a given semester. Request for non-disclosure will be honored by the institution for only one academic year; therefore, authorization to withhold Directory Information must be filed annually. Palm Beach Atlantic University assumes that failure on the part of any student to specifically request the withholding of categories of Directory Information indicates individual approval for disclosure. Please consider very carefully the consequences of any decision to withhold any category of Directory Information. Should the student decide to inform the institution not to release any or all of this information, any future requests for such information from non-institutional persons or organizations will be refused, except as provided for in the Act. The institution will honor any student’s request to withhold this information but cannot assume responsibility to contact students for subsequent permission to release such information. Regardless of the effect upon the student, the institution assumes no liability for honoring the student’s instructions that such information be withheld.
You may, at your discretion, grant the University permission to release information about your student records to a third party by submitting a completed Student Information Release Authorization Form. This form may be obtained in the Office of the Registrar at (561) 803-2072. The link is available for current students on PBA’s intranet, myPBA.
PBA follows the State of Florida mandatory immunization requirements and utilizes the American College Health Association guidelines for immunization of college students in developing the University immunization policies. All required and most recommended immunizations can be provided by the Health and Wellness Center. Health & Wellness also has information regarding vaccinations, student health insurance, personal counseling, and other services.
The University seeks to comply with Executive Order 13607 of April 27, 2012 (Establishing Principles of Excellence for Educational Institutions Serving Service Members, Veterans, Spouses, and Other Family Members) by ensuring that eligible students have the information they need to make informed decisions concerning their federal military and veteran’s educational benefits.
PBA is participating in the Yellow Ribbon program. The Yellow Ribbon program is designed to help meet the gap in tuition/fee charges for eligible VA students whose costs exceed the $24,476.79 provided by the Post-9/11 GI Bill for 2019-2020. Students with questions should contact the School Certifying Official in the Office of the Registrar at (561) 803-2072. Click here to learn more on University services for veterans.
Palm Beach Atlantic University makes voter registration forms available to students and may be obtained from the Student Government Association in the SAIL (Student Activities, Involvement and Leadership) Office. Detailed Florida voter information is located at the Florida Secretary of State, Division of Elections website. Nonresident students may find voter registration information about their home state through the U.S. Election Assistance Commission. PBA will be among many organizations celebrating the annual Constitution Day on September 17, which commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution.
The Palm Beach Atlantic University Fact Book is a collection of current and historical information designed to make frequently requested data readily accessible to students, faculty, staff, alumni, and any others with an interest in the university. Completion and graduation rates for a specific cohort of the general student body can be viewed in the annual publication of PBA’s Common Data Set.
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