Admission Requirements and Procedures, VA Benefits, Course Cancellation, Transfer of Credits, Re-Admission and Denial of Entry Policy

All students must be 18 years of age; otherwise a parent or legal guardian must consent and register the student with the approval. Enrolling students must show proof of high school diplomas (can be from a foreign school if it is equivalent to a high school diploma) or GED. A foreign school’s diploma will need to be translated and authenticated. There are several agencies that will perform this service for you.  The cost of the required translations is the prospective student’s responsibility.  Home-schooled students are not considered to have a high school diploma, but are still eligible to receive FSA funds. All home-schooled students must show proof of his or her homeschooling self-certification that he or she has received state credential.

Prior grooming industry experience is not necessary. Merryfield Academy does not discriminate against race, gender, age or religion. If you have a criminal background, it may be an issue with some employers. They may do a background check, but it is not a standard procedure in the industry. There is physical work involved with this trade, which includes lifting and long standing and it may cause a restriction to those that have physical handicaps or limitations.

The procedure for enrollment requires an interview and an “Admissions Questionnaire” must be completed. Upon acceptance into the program, the student may enroll.

Eligible Career Pathway Programs

Career pathways refer to a combination of rigorous and high-quality education, training, and support services that are aligned with the skill needs of industries in State or regional economies, preparing individuals to be successful in secondary or postsecondary education programs and the labor market. In recent years, the Federal government has worked to identify the elements of a high-quality career pathway program. Under Pub. L. 113-235, Congress provided an opportunity for students who are enrolled in eligible career pathway programs, but who lack a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent, or who did not complete a secondary school education in a homeschool setting, to become eligible for Title IV aid using one of the ATB alternatives.

To become eligible for Title IV aid under one of the ATB alternatives described above, the student must be enrolled in an “eligible career pathway program,” as defined in section 484(d)(2) of the HEA. Any institution, whether public, nonprofit, or for-profit, may offer an eligible career pathway program.

It is the student’s responsibility to confirm whether or not credits will be accepted by another institution of the student’s choice.

Transfer Credits

Notice Concerning Transferability of Credits and Credentials Earned at Our Institution

The transferability of credits you earn at Merryfield Academy is at the complete discretion of an institution to which you may seek to transfer.  Acceptance of the diploma you earn in Professional Pet Grooming is also at the complete discretion of the institution to which you may seek to transfer.  If the diploma that you earn at this institution is not accepted at the institution to which you seek to transfer, you may be required to repeat some or all of your coursework at that institution.  For this reason, you should make certain that your attendance at this institution will meet your educational goals.

Transferability of Credits

The acceptance or transferability of credit you earn at other institutions is not currently accepted at Merryfield Academy, nor has it entered into any articulation or transfer agreements with other schools.

Articulation Agreement

This institution has not entered into any articulation or transfer agreement with any other institution

Credit for Prior Experiential Learning

Merryfield Academy does not grant credit for prior experiential learning

Re-Admission Policy

If a student drops out of the program and seeks to re-enter the school, the Director will evaluate the reason for the drop and determine if the student will be granted re-admission.  The decision to re-admit a student is at the sole discretion of the school’s director.  If the re-admitted student was dismissed or dropped out of the program because he or she was a threat to the school, the students, or the school’s personnel, he or she will not be re-admitted back in the program fore safety reasons.

This will require resubmission of the Admissions Questionnaire.  If the student in question for re-entry has difficulty lifting pets or standing, this may be cause for further evaluation of the student’s re-entry.

The student must re-enroll within 6 months from the drop date in order to maintain the same tuition price.  If it has been more than 6 months, and if the tuition has increased, the student will have to pay the difference in tuition costs.

Course Cancellation Policy and Denial of Entry Policy

In the event of a course cancellation, credit will be given as soon as the school reopens.

Merryfield Academy will retain records for five years for any student that is denied entry.

Veteran’s Educational Benefits

We’re here to help you.  If you’re a veteran or a dependent planning to use your VA entitlement to cover tuition expenses or to help with other costs as you attend school, we’ve implemented a system that will help guide you in submitting the correct paperwork to the school.  We’re also happy to answer your questions about everything from claiming your entitlements to finding you’re regional Veterans Affairs office to disability services.  Students must complete at least 18 hours or more per week to be eligible for the VA benefits

Our Responsibility to You and to the Federal VA

In addition to your military certified enrollment representative Merryfield Academy, a dedicated Veterans Affairs officer is available to assist you through the process.

Office to assist you. Collectively, our responsibilities include:

-Educating you on how your benefits will apply to the program you choose

-Answering questions to help you complete required forms

-Certifying your choices including any changes to your schedule

-Communicating and reporting your academic progress and graduation to the Federal VA

-Supporting and assisting you throughout your academic program

VA Pending Payment Requirements

Merryfield school of Pet Grooming will allow a individual  veteran  to submit a certificate of eligibility for entitlement to education assistance under Chapter 31 or 33.  Merryfield Academy requires that a copy of the students’ Certificate of Eligibility (COE) is to be provided to the school. This certificate is provided by the Dept. of Veterans Affairs. This document is necessary whether you are a transfer student or using the benefit for the first time, Active Duty, Reservists, eligible dependents and spouses admitted to Merryfield Academy.

Covered veteran’s that presented his or her copy of Certificate of Eligibility will be allowed to participate in our Pet Grooming program without any penalty as long as the certificate of eligibility for entitlement to educational assistance is submitted to our school no later than the first day of a course of education for which the student has indicated his or her wishes to use the student’s entitlement for educational assistance. However, to qualify for this provision, student may be required to produce the VA Certificate of Eligibility (COE) by the first day of class, provide a written request to be certified,; provide additional information needed to properly certify the enrollment as described in other institutional policies.

In accordance with Title 38 US Code 3679 subsection (e), Merryfield school of Pet Grooming adopts the following additional provisions for any students using U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Post 911 G.I. Bill (Ch. 33) or Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment (CH. 31 ) benefits, while payment to the Merryfield Academy is pending from the VA. Merryfield Academy will not:

Prevent any VA student’s enrollment; assess any late penalty fee to the student account, require that the student secure alternative or additional funding; nor deny the student access to any for example; access to classes, libraries, or other institutional facilities) available to other students who have satisfied their tuition and fee bills to the institution.

Your Responsibility as a Student Using VA Benefits

-Completing the proper forms to allow the Federal VA

-Understanding how and when the school certifies your courses

-Understanding program eligibility for VA benefits and implications of course withdrawal-

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