March 11, 2020
As a smaller college with a single location, thus far we have been able to effectively maintain a safe space.
Cogswell has taken multiple steps to ensure the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff including the following:
In the event there is a confirmed case or we are made aware of an exposure, we will immediately notify all constituents and outline next steps.
In the meantime, classes will continue as scheduled.
March 9, 2020
From the Provost & Chief Academic Officer
Dear Cogswell Community,
I hope the spring semester is progressing nicely. The safety of our community continues to be a primary focus of the College. With all the attention in the news media regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19), I ask everyone to help prevent its spread (as well as any other infectious illnesses) by observing a few simple procedures.
All entrances to the building—including the main, front entrance—will remain locked 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Current students, faculty, and staff must use their ID badge to gain access to the building at all times. You must wear your badge in a manner that is easily visible while on campus. Students, faculty, and staff who do not have a badge will need to check in at the front desk and be issued a temporary name tag. This name tag will be effective for 24 hours. All Cogswell guests will be required to register at the front desk. They will be issued a name badge to be worn while visiting the campus.These increased security measures will only work if we are all vigilant. Safety is everyone’s business. While on campus, please be observant of those around you. If you see someone in the building without a visible Cogswell ID or a visitor badge, please notify a member of the faculty or staff. Also, be cognizant of those around you while entering the building—do not open the doors or hold doors open for individuals without a visible ID.
Even with these safety measures in place, we recognize that emergency situations may arise. In the event that an emergency requires us to evacuate the building, please:
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Tuition and fees are subject to change upon approval by the Board of Trustees.
All outstanding debts to Cogswell University of Silicon Valley must be paid in full before registration. Tuition may be paid in many ways, including, but not limited to, payment in full according to the tuition schedule and through financial aid. The Campus Service Center can provide a detailed explanation of payment methods and plans.
No student will be allowed to schedule or attend classes unless his/her tuition is paid in full, or unless arrangements for payment have been made with the Business Office.
Tuition payments may be made by mail with a certified or cashier's check, with a money order, MasterCard, Visa, or with a personal check. Checks are to be made payable to: Cogswell Polytechnical College. All payments should be sent to:
Cogswell Polytechnical College
191 Baypointe Parkway
San Jose, CA 95134
The name of the student, the student's college ID, and the purpose for any amount paid must be included with the payment.
Cogswell University of Silicon Valley encourages Cogswell graduates to return as non-degree seeking students by allowing them to take one course each semester at one-half of the regular tuition charge and by waiving the admission application and the late registration fee. Cogswell graduates taking courses under this program are allowed to register during the late registration period provided they obtain the approval of the instructor for the course being taken and the approval of the Dean of the College. Graduates must follow the regular registration process.
Students who drop classes, with written notice, within the designated add/drop period are entitled to a refund of all monies paid for the dropped classes. Classes dropped after the add/drop period are not eligible for 100% refund. The College shall provide the refund no later than 30 days of receiving the notice to drop classes.
Students who withdraw from the College, with written notice, after the start of the semester will be subject to a pro-rata tuition charge; including students who are dismissed after 14 consecutive calendar days of absences from the last date of attendance. They will owe a percentage of their tuition corresponding to the last day of recorded attendance. A prorated refund from the first day of instruction, up to the 60th percent point in the academic period, will be applied to students who withdraw from Cogswell. For example, the 60th percentile point will be equivalent to a 40% refund of tuition charges.
If applicable, refunds to agencies, private loans, scholarships, and to the student will be made within 45 days of the date the student is determined to have withdrawn.
The Technology, Associated Student Body, Credit by Examination, Late Registration, and Application for Student Housing Fee may be non-refundable. Fees may be refundable if written request of cancellation is submitted within the cancellation period. Please refer to the Other Charges and Fees Table.
The following is the refund percentage by calendar days, including holidays, for students:
Percent of Period of Completed (Semester)
Student Refund Percent
Cogswell is certified by the U.S. Department of Education as an eligible participant in the Federal Student Financial Aid (FSA) programs established under the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA), as amended.
When a student withdraws, Cogswell must complete two calculations:
If the student (or parent in the case of a PLUS Loan) is eligible for additional funds at the time of withdrawal, the student may receive additional Federal Student Aid (Title IV) funds. If the student received more FSA funds than he or she earned under the Federal Return of Title IV Funds Policy, the institution, and in some cases the student, is required to return the unearned funds to the federal program(s) or lender, as applicable.
Any balance remaining on account after the refund calculation has been applied must be paid by student.
Return of Title IV Funds
Cogswell will perform a pro-rata refund calculation up through the 60% point in each period of enrollment unless the student has cancelled his or her enrollment or withdrawn and received a full refund under the provisions previously stated. Under a pro-rata refund calculation, Cogswell is entitled to retain only the percentage of institutional charges proportional to the period of enrollment completed by the student. The period of enrollment completed by the student is calculated by dividing the total number of days in the period of enrollment by the number of days completed in that period as of the last documented date of attendance. Scheduled breaks of five or more consecutive calendar days are excluded from return calculation.
Any amount due back to Title IV funds, state grants, and/or the student will be refunded within 45 days of the date of cancellation or withdrawal. Cogswell must return Title IV funds to the program from which the student received aid during the enrollment period, in the following order, up to the net amount disbursed from each source:
Students who have earned more aid than had been disbursed at the time of withdrawal will be eligible for a Post Withdrawal Disbursement. The Financial Aid Office must notify the student within 30 days of the withdrawal date of the availability of Post-Withdrawal funds. The student will have 15 days to respond to the notice. It is at the discretion of the College to allow a Post-Withdrawal Disbursement for a student who fails to respond to the school within the 15-day period. Once the student accepts the Post-Withdrawal Disbursement, the College has 90 days from the withdrawal date to disburse those funds to the student's account.
Examples of return of funds calculations that may be made in accordance with federal regulations and College policy may be obtained from the Financial Aid Office.