The following information is available to students of the university and complies with the requirements of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act 1974 (FERPA). Paper copies of this material can be made available on request.

Contact details

Margaret McIntosh Financial Aid Officer +44 (0) 1224 262127 usloans@rgu.ac.uk

US Federal Loans - Terms and Conditions

Terms and Conditions of Title IV HEA Loans

An overview of the terms and conditions of Title IV loans can be found at American Student Loans - in the How to Apply section. Further information can be found on the US Student Loan website.

Criteria for selecting recipients and for determining award amount

The criteria for selecting recipients and for determining award amount can be found at American Student Loans - Annual Loan Amounts Section.

Eligibility Requirements and procedures for applying for Aid

Eligibility requirements can be found at American Student Loans - How to apply section.

Rights and Responsibilities of students receiving Title IV HEA Loans

Information on your rights and responsibilities during the term of the loan can be found at US Loans - Direct Loans page

Loan Terms and Sample Repayment Plans

Annual Loan Amounts and sample repayment terms can be seen at US Loans - Repayment plans

Disbursement

Information regarding how loans are disbursed can be found at American Student Loans - How to Apply Section

National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS)

Your data will be shared with the National Student Loans Data System (NSLDS) and will be accessible to guaranty agencies, lenders and schools determined to be authorised users of the data system.

Entrance Counselling for Student Loan Borrowers

You must visit US Student Loans for entrance counselling. You will find information there regarding

  • The effect your loan will have on your eligibility to borrow other forms of aid
  • Information about the Master Promissory Note.
  • Repayment obligations
  • Accrual and capitalisation of interest
  • Definition of half time enrolment and consequences of not maintaining this.
  • Withdrawal
  • Sample monthly payments
  • National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS)
  • Contacts

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

You are required under the terms of your loan to make satisfactory progress in your studies.  Further information regarding this can be found at American Student Loans - Policies Section

Impact of Withdrawal (R2T4) re Title IV - Written Policy

Course withdrawal will have an impact on your Title IV loan and further information can be found at American Student Loans - Policies Section.

Exit Counselling

When you graduate/leave the university you must visit US Student Loans for exit counselling.  You will find information there regarding

  • Average anticipated monthly repayment amount
  • Repayment plan options
  • Debt management strategies
  • Use of the Master Promissory Note
  • Terms and Conditions
  • Student loan Ombudsman’s office
  • National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS)

Student Support

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees are listed under each course entry on this web site under Areas of Study.  Once you have selected the course you wish to study go to the ‘Course Fees’ section. 

Room and Board

Information on the types of accommodation and costs can be found at Accommodation  There is a mix of off-campus halls and private provider accommodation options.

Security Report - Missing Student resident procedure

If you are located within the university off-campus accommodation and you are reported missing we will contact your next of kin (provided by you confidentially at enrolment) within 24 hours.  We will also contact Grampian police.  The procedure can be found by downloading Accommodation Missing Person (Resident) Procedure.

Transportation

Information on travel in Aberdeen can be found at Transport Information

Registration with a General Practitioner

Information regarding registration with a General Practitioner including preventative health measures is available from Student Medical Services

Some courses will have specific requirements.  You will be notified of these by your School separately.

Services and Facilities for Students with Disabilities

Information regarding the support the university provides for students with disabilities can be found at Disability and Dyslexia

Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention

The institution’s student Drugs policy can be found at Student Policies - internal

Drug-related offenses will be subject to a non academic misconduct investigation under Academic regulation A3, Section 2: Student Misconduct Procedure  on the Academic Regulations page. 

Other Costs/Information

Please refer to the cost of living guide pre-arrival guide for further information

Cost of Living

Other information that you may find helpful during your preparation for arrival in the UK can be found at  After you Apply in the Pre Arrival information section.

Registration

Enrolment

It is a requirement of Robert Gordon University that students review their enrolment records and confirm continuation on an annual basis.  You will therefore be asked to re-enrol every year that you are a student.  You will also reconfirm your acceptance of the universities policies and procedures including but not exclusively Data Protection and Data sharing policies.  This requirement also fulfils the requirements of the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act 34 C.F.R. Part 99

Withdrawal from the University

After you have commenced study should circumstances arise that mean you need to terminate your studies.  

Course withdrawal will have an impact on your Title IV loan and further information can be found at American Student Loans - Policies Section.

Course Information

Books and Supplies

Any required course texts or other equipment will be provided by the School.  Your school will have identified recommended reading and will provide you with this information at the start of your course. There are also booklists for each module within the Module Database.

Course information and Accrediting bodies

Specific information on your course and any accrediting bodies can be found on this website under each course listing.

Areas of Study 

You will also be issued with a course handbook on course commencement that will provide you with more detail.

Credit Transfer

If you find that you have prior experience that you feel should give you exemption from parts of the course academic regulation A2: Admission outlines in section 5. ‘Accreditation of Prior Learning’ the rules regarding credit transfer at the institution.  This can be found at Academic Regulations

Further information regarding the Scottish credit framework can be found at.

SCQF Credit Points information

Peer-to-Peer File Sharing and Copyrighted Materials

Unauthorised distribution of copyrighted material, including unauthorised file sharing, may be subject to civil and criminal liabilities.

The University has in place the following Policies that you should familiarise yourself with:-

  1. Copyright Policy, available via the Library website

          Library Policies

  1. Information Technology Security Policy: Standards and guidelines

      for all users of University computing and network facilities

         IT services policies

  1. Campus Moodle VLE Site Policy and Data Protection Statement

VLE Site Policy and Data Protection

  1. JANET Acceptable Use Policy

          IT services policies

The policies note the various legislation relating to copyright, the Campus Moodle VLE Site Policy and the IT Security Policy.  Infringement will be considered misconduct and users may be subject to the appropriate University disciplinary procedure. See Academic Regulations

Responsibility for ensuring compliance with copyright and other laws is placed on the user; however, the University provides guidance to staff and students in various forms to ensure they are aware of the responsibilities. These include:

  • Training for University staff, including workshops delivered by Library Services, Delta and the University Solicitor;
  • Training for students as part of their information literacy development;
  • Guidance, including standards and guidelines, booklets, web pages for staff and students;
  • Notices about copyright and the ‘fair dealing’ which may be undertaken within copyright law, across the University;
  • An email based enquiry service.

The University provides legal alternatives for acquiring copyright material through a range of means, including: the purchase of the Basic Photocopying and Scanning Copyright Licensing Agency Licence; provision of an inter-library loan service; the purchase of licensed material.

The University also makes available TURNITIN software for detection of plagiarism.

More information is available from Department for the Enhancement of Learning, Teaching and Assessment (DELTA)

Statistics

Retention/Completion and Transfer Out Rates

National data is available regarding the University sector in the UK.  This can be found on the Higher Education Statistics Agencies website HESA

Statistical data of interest to prospective students are also available via the Unistats website Unistats

Further course statistics are also available on request from the Student Statistics unit for courses where the cohort size is sufficient to yield statistically reliable information and not reveal personally identifiable information about an individual student.

Placement/Employment Rates

Information on employment types and rates is available via the Unistats website.

Fire Safety Statistics

Robert Gordon University is committed to managing the risks from fire in its premises and complying with the requirements of the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005. On an annual basis the University compiles statistics on fire related incidents, including the number of fire alarm activations, the number of fires and the attendance of the fire and rescue services.

Read more about Fire Safety at RGU