Huntington University of Health Sciences (HUHS) provides student consumer information in accordance with federal regulations set forth in the Higher Education Amendment Act and the amended Higher Education Opportunities Act of 2008. HUHS is committed to providing access to information that will allow students, parents, counselors, and other constituents to make informed decisions about postsecondary education. It is the university’s intention to provide complete and easy access to any information students need. The following information lists and describes the consumer information that the University is required to provide. Where applicable, links have been provided to appropriate documents or websites for further information. Employees of the University are available with reasonable notice to assist enrolled and prospective students in obtaining consumer information on a full-time basis throughout normal working hours. The University can provide a paper copy of any of the information on the listed websites upon request.

General Institution Information

HUHS offers quality and affordable undergraduate and graduate online programs in nutrition and other health sciences. To explore these various programs, please review our catalog or the programs page.

HUHS is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). DEAC is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a recognized accrediting agency and is a recognized member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). CHEA is a nonprofit organization serving as a national advocate for self-regulation of academic quality through accreditation. All HUHS programs have been reviewed and approved by DEAC.

Distance Education Accrediting Commission
1101 17th Street, N.W. Suite 808
Washington, D.C. 20036

Certificate of Accreditation

HUHS is authorized for operation as a postsecondary educational institution by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC). HUHS’ institutional data may be accessed at THEC’s Postsecondary State Authorization page. HUHS is also a member of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) and is operating in member states under the terms of SARA. More information on state authorization can be found on our State Authorization page.

Federal regulation requires at one person shall be available, upon reasonable notice, to any enrolled or prospective student throughout the normal administrative working hours. A list of contact information and hours of availability can be found here. For an introduction to our board, administrative staff, faculty members and advisory council, please visit the Faculty and Staff page.

Book information and ISBNs are provided to students before classes begin. Students are responsible for obtaining textbooks and supplies and should have all materials prior to the start of classes. Books may be rented or purchased in either new or used print condition or in an electronic format from any vendor. Please refer to the book information provided directly from Registrar’s Office during the enrollment process when ordering class materials. For a listing of individual course material, please go to our Booklist page.

For students receiving federal student aid:

The University does not issue aid prior to the start of the semester; however, book stipends will be issued for eligible students. Any student that is deemed eligible based on federal regulations will be issued a book stipend no later than the 7th day after classes begin. Book stipends may be issued in the form a direct deposit or a paper check mailed via the United States Postal Service. Students wishing to sign up for direct deposit should contact the Bursar’s Office. Eligibility will be determined 10 days prior to the start of the semester, eligible students will receive notification of eligibility within 7 days of determination. Book stipends are not additional funding; stipends are considered an “advance” in student financial aid and will be considered as part of the total aid received.

College Navigator is a publicly available consumer information tool created by the US Department of Education and its National Center for Education Statistics to gather information about institutions of higher education.  The U.S. Department of Education is required to post 26 items on the College Navigator website for each school, such as institutional data on programs offered, retention and graduation rates, prices, aid available, degrees awarded, student loan defaults and accreditation. You may access HUHS’s information on NCES’ College Navigator webpage.

Huntington University of Health Sciences will ensure that student complaints are heard and properly tracked through a uniform process outlined by the Grievances and Complaints policy. For more information on this process, please visit Complaint and Grievance Procedure.

A list of HUHS’s technical requirements is available at Technical Requirements webpage. Information on Academic Integrity and Plagiarism is located at Policy on Academic Integrity webpage.

HUHS requires all members of the University to comply with all state and federal laws including copyright laws. To review HUHS’s policy on copyright law and to review a summary of civil and criminal penalties for violation of federal copyright laws, please go to Copyright Infringement Policy and Sanctions

Huntington University of Health Sciences recognizes and supports the standards set forth in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, as amended, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which are designed to eliminate discrimination against individuals with disabilities. All requests for accommodations follow a standard process managed by the Disability Services Committee. For more information please visit Disabilities Services.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. Huntington University of Health Sciences (HUHS) acknowledges this law as university policy. To review the full policy, please go to our FERPA – Student Rights page.

Health and Safety Exemption – HUHS adheres to all federal laws pertaining to the protection of student information. FERPA permits the disclosure of personally identifiable information from a student’s record in case of an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or other individuals. HUHS may disclose such information from the student’s education record to appropriate parties if knowledge of the information is necessary to protect the health or safety of the student or other individuals

HUHS does not offer a Leave of Absence.

Students who drop and/or officially withdraw from coursework at HUHS may be eligible to receive a refund of tuition and other institutional charges. To review the refund schedule, please select the appropriate link below:

HUHS is authorized for operation as a postsecondary educational institution by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC). HUHS is also a member of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) and operates in member states under the terms of SARA. To learn more about state authorization, see our State Authorization page.

Huntington University of Health Sciences calculates information related to the diversity of our students annually. For more information, go to our Student Diversity page.

HUHS does not offer programs that prepare teachers for state certification or licensure.

The HUHS Transfer of Credits policy outlines the transfer and external credit policies and procedures for undergraduate and graduate students. Only official transcripts are considered for transfer credit. To review the transfer of credit policies and for a list of institutions with whom HUHS has articulation agreements, please go to our Transfer of Credits page.

HUHS encourages all students to participate in local, state, and national elections. As part of your responsibility to promote good citizenship, as well as good scholarship, the university urges all students to register to vote. If you are not registered to vote, register to vote today!  For more on Voter Registration, go here to review information collected from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission.

An official withdrawal refers to an action taken by the student at HUHS to discontinue his/her enrollment. Students who cease participation during the period of enrollment in a course will be considered institutionally dropped (unofficially withdrawn) from the course. For more information, please see the appropriate link below:

Health and Safety

Huntington University of Health Sciences is committed to providing students and employees an environment free of alcohol and drugs. The unlawful possession, use or distribution of drugs or alcohol by students and employees on the property of Huntington University of Health Sciences is strictly prohibited. Huntington University of Health Sciences will cooperate fully with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. For more information on health risks, prevention, treatment, and sanctions, please review our Drugs and Alcohol Prevention Policy.

Consumer protection laws aim to provide transparency concerning campus crime statistics and logs, emergency notifications and responses, and fire safety. Huntington University of Health Sciences (HUHS) is a fully distance education facility with no student campus or campus housing. Therefore, HUHS is exempt from the mandatory annual reporting requirements normally required for institutions operating on campus.

Huntington University of Health Sciences is an online university; therefore, no vaccinations are required.

Student Financial Assistance

Huntington University of Health Sciences (HUHS) defines its academic year as 30 credit hours of completion and 32 weeks of instruction for undergraduate students and 18 credit hours of completion and 32 weeks of instruction for graduate students.

 

HUHS operates on a Standard Academic Year (SAY), which includes the Fall and Spring semesters with an optional Summer session. Each standard 16-week semester consists of two 8-week modules and the optional Summer session consists of a single 8-week session. Students wishing to attend full-time are required to enroll in at least 12 credit hours per semester typically consisting of 6 credit hours per 8-week module. Although the optional summer session is a shorter duration, full-time status for this session also requires enrollment in at least 12 credit hours.

To qualify for federal student aid, students must meet certain requirements. Students must apply for federal student aid every year by completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Huntington University of Health Sciences’ federal school code is 042448. For more further information, please see our How to Apply page.

 

In addition, Federal Student Aid (FSA) has established basic eligibility requirements. To review these requirements, please see FSA’s Basic Eligibility Criteria webpage.

Huntington University of Health Sciences (HUHS) is an attendance taking institution. Students in violation of the Attendance Policy in any course will be dropped from that course in accordance with the policy. For more information, please review both our Attendance Policy and Withdrawal Policy in their entirety.

 

Applicable to our semester-based programs only.

Cohort Default Rate

Cohort HUHS Cohort
Default Rate*
National Average Cohort
Default Rate in our sector
FY2018 13.6% 11.2%

*The Cohort Default Rate is calculated and published by the United States Department of Education, Office of Federal Student Aid. The FY2018 tracking period is from October 1, 2017 – September 20, 2018. This information is updated as the U.S. Department of Education website is updated.

The Borrower Rights and Responsibilities are available at Summary of Borrowers Rights and Responsibilities.

Cost of Attendance (COA) is an estimate of educational expenses associated with maintaining a reasonably moderate standard of living for a period of enrollment. Our COA includes both direct costs and indirect costs. Direct costs consist of tuition and fees charged to student accounts. Indirect costs are the estimated cost of room and board, books and supplies, transportation, personal, and miscellaneous expenses student may incur while in attendance. To review the COA for each program, please see our Cost of Attendance page.

Financial aid is disbursed in four payments over the scheduled academic year (Fall and Spring semesters) consisting of one disbursement per module, 2 modules per semester. Disbursements are typically scheduled to be disbursed to the institution by the 12th day of the module; students must still meet all eligibility requirements prior to disbursement. Funds are applied to institutional charges (tuition, fees, book stipends, etc.) and any remaining funds are released to the student in the form of a refund. Credit balance refunds will be issued within 14 days of disbursement. Student aid refunds may be issued in the form of direct deposit or a paper check mailed via the United States Postal Service. Students wishing to sign up for direct deposit should contact the Bursar at accounting@huhs.edu. For more information on credit balance refunds, please refer to our Title IV Credit Balance page.

On December 27, 2020, the FAFSA Simplification Act (Act) was enacted into law as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021. The Act makes many important changes to the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA), and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®). Drug convictions no longer affect federal student aid eligibility. Additional information may be found on the FSA FAFSA Question 23 – Help and the Eligibility for Student with Criminal Convictions webpages

Federal Student Aid amounts are determined based on the several factors including need-based and non-need-based calculations, Cost of Attendance (COA), Expected Family Contribution (EFC), enrollment status and grade level. For more information, please see our Types of Federal Aid and Packaging of Awards pages.

Financial assistance for qualifying military service members, veterans, spouses and/or dependents may be used for all HUHS certificate and degree programs. For more information, please see our  Military page.

 

Additionally, there are several need-based and non-need-based federal student financial assistance programs available to students who enroll in an eligible program. To learn more about these financial assistance programs, please see our Types of Federal Aid page.

The National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS®) database is the U.S. Department of Education’s central record for student aid. All federal student loan records of students and parents (borrowers) will be submitted to the NSLDS® and will be accessible by guaranty agencies, lenders, and other institutions determined to be authorized users of the data system. Since borrowers are responsible for paying back the gross amount of funds received from the Direct Loan program including accrued interest, students are encouraged to review loan history and be cognizant of his/her current loan balance. Student loan history may be viewed at StudentAid.gov.

As a tool to offer general guidance in planning education financing, HUHS provides a web-based calculator to assist students with determining estimated cost of attendance and projected financial aid eligibility. The results are an estimate only and is not a final or binding financial aid offer. In addition, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) annually to be eligible for and receive federal student aid funds.

 

To access this calculator, please go to our Net Price Calculator page.

The Department of Education requires all participating Title IV schools annually distribute to all enrolled students a notice of the availability of the information that is required to be made available to students under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) and under Section 485(a)(1), Section 485(f), Section 485(g), Section 485(h) and Section 485(j). This notification lists and briefly describes required information including a statement of how to obtain the information. All information listed in the notification disclosed on a school’s website includes the exact electronic address of the information. HUHS distributes our Notice of Availability of Institutional and Financial Aid Information notification annually on July 1. Students who enroll after annual distribution are provided the notice on an individual basis.

Huntington University of Health Sciences does not recommend, promote, or endorse lenders for private education loans. HUHS does not publish a preferred lender list or participate in any preferred lender arrangements. A Private Education Loan Applicant Self-Certification form is available upon request.

To continue to receive federal student aid students must remain eligible. Students will need to continue to meet basic eligibility requirements, fill out the FAFSA each year, and comply with the institutions Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policy. For more information on maintaining or regaining acceptable SAP status, please review our Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy.

Return of Title IV funds requirements apply to Title IV grant and/or loan recipients who officially or unofficially withdraw from HUHS before completing the payment period (the semester). To review the Return to Title IV Policy in its entirety, please see our Return to Title IV page.

Huntington University of Health Sciences (HUHS) supports and complies with the Higher Education Opportunity Act’s (HEOA) provisions regarding the Code of Conduct required to be adopted and enforced by institutions participating in the Title IV loan program. All HUHS employees with responsibilities for the administration of student educational loans are informed of the provisions of the Student Loan Code of Conduct. For more information, please see our Student Loan Code of Conduct page.

Entrance counseling is required prior to a first Direct Subsidized or Unsubsidized Loan disbursement as an undergraduate student, or a first Direct PLUS Loan disbursement as a graduate/professional student. Entrance Counseling should be completed on FSA’s Complete Your Student Loan Entrance Counseling Requirement webpage.

Exit Counseling is required when you graduate, leave school, or drop below half-time enrollment. Exit Counseling provides important information to prepare you for repayment of your federal student loan(s). Certain information is requested during Exit Counseling, including borrower’s name, address, e-mail address, contact information for borrower’s closest living relative, references from two people who reside in the U.S., and current or expected employer (if known). Exit Counseling should be completed on FSA’s Complete Student Loan Exit Counseling webpage.

An FSA ID is required to access entrance and exit counseling at StudentAid.gov.

Federal Direct Loans are low-interest loans that assist students and parents in paying for post-secondary education. The lender is the U.S. Department of Education rather than a bank. A Direct Subsidized Loan is awarded based on the student’s financial need and other specific eligibility requirements. The federal government does not charge interest on these loans while borrowers are enrolled at least half-time, during a six-month grace period, or during authorized periods of deferment. A Direct Unsubsidized Loan is not based on the student’s financial need, but students must also meet specific eligibility requirements. Interest is charged throughout the life of the loan. The borrower may choose to pay the interest charged on the loan or allow the interest to be capitalized (added to the loan principal). The Direct PLUS loan is an unsubsidized loan for graduate or professional degree students and parents of dependent undergraduate students. Direct PLUS Loans help pay for education expenses up to the cost of attendance minus all other financial assistance. To learn more about these programs, please see our Types of Federal Aid page.

Participation the Federal Direct Loan programs require the completion of a Master Promissory Note and Entrance Counseling prior to loan disbursement. Additionally, if at any point a student graduates, leaves the school or drops below half-time enrollment, Exit Counseling must be completed.

 

Students receiving funds from the program should be aware of their Borrower Rights and Responsibilities. For a summary of these rights and responsibilities, please go our Summary of Borrower Rights and Responsibilities page. For the complete Borrower’s Rights and Responsibilities Statement published by the Department of Education for both the Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loan program and Direct PLUS Loan program in their entirety, please go to Rights and Responsibilities – Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans and Rights and Responsibilities – Direct PLUS Loans respectively.

 

Federal Direct Loan records of students and parents will be submitted to the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS), and will be accessible by guaranty agencies, lenders, and institutions determined to be authorized users of the data system. Students are responsible for paying back the gross amount of funds received from the Direct Loan program and all accrued interest. For information on student loan repayment, please visit Student Aid.

The charts below represent a sample repayment schedule for federal student loans, use these charts to estimate your student loan payment based on the Standard Repayment Plan. Figures have been rounded to the nearest whole dollar and represent minimum payments at the interest rate indicated over a maximum of 10 years, and do not include interest that may accumulate during periods of deferment or forbearance. To review the current federal interest rates, please go to FSA’s Interest Rates and Fees for Federal Student Loans page.

Federal Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans – Undergraduate

Total Debt at Repayment

$10,000

$20,000

$30,000

$40,000

$50,000

Monthly Payment Amount

$100

$200

$300

$400

$501

Total Amount Paid

$12,013

$24,026

$36,039

$48,052

$60,065

Total Interest Paid

$2,013

$4,026

$6,039

$8,052

$10,065

Payment calculated using a fixed interest rate of 3.76% over a 10 year period.

Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans – Graduate

Total Debt at Repayment

$10,000

$20,000

$30,000

$40,000

$50,000

Monthly Payment Amount

$108

$215

$323

$430

$538

Total Amount Paid

$12,910

$25,821

$38,731

$51,642

$64,552

Total Interest Paid

$2,910

$5,821

$8,731

$11,642

$14,552

Payment calculated using a fixed interest rate of 5.31% over a 10 year period.

Federal Direct PLUS Loans

Total Debt at Repayment

$10,000

$20,000

$30,000

$40,000

$50,000

Monthly Payment Amount

$112

$225

$337

$450

$563

Total Amount Paid

$13,510

$27,020

$40,530

$54,040

$67,550

Total Interest Paid

$3,510

$7,020

$10,530

$14,040

$17,550

Payment calculated using a fixed interest rate of 6.31% over a 10 year period.

Huntington University of Health Sciences participates in the following federal student aid programs:

  • Federal Pell Grant
  • Federal Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Stafford Loans
  • Federal Direct PLUS Loans

Information regarding the various types of financial aid offered at HUHS is available at the Types of Federal Aid webpage.

Financial aid applicants can be selected for verification based on edit checks which identify inconsistencies and/or potential errors. All applicants selected for verification by the Department of Education will be required to provide adequate documentation to determine if the applicant’s application includes any discrepancies for any verification element identified by the Department as subject to verification. The University will verify those elements against supporting documentation provided by the applicant to resolve any conflicting information.

The Financial Aid Office (FAO) will also verify any application it has reason to believe is incorrect or discrepant. Any conflicting information must be resolved regardless of whether or not the applicant was selected for verification. The FAO will review all tax returns/transcripts provided to the school even if they were not requested. All “C” Codes on the Institutional Student Information Record (ISIR) will be reviewed and resolved by the Financial Aid Office. The University reserves the right to request additional documentation to resolve any other discrepancies or inaccuracies found by the University.

Failure to submit adequate verification documentation will result in a halt in the awarding process until such time as verification has been satisfactorily completed. For more information, please see our Verification Policy page.

Student Outcomes

The overall Graduation Rate provided by College Navigator tracks the progress of students who began their studies as certificate or degree-seeking, first-time, full-time undergraduate students to determine if those students completed a certificate or degree within 150 percent of the normal time for completion of the program in which they are enrolled. To learn more, please go to the Retention and Graduation Rates tab at College Navigator.

Huntington University of Health Sciences does not have placement services and is not required to calculate job placement rates. However, HUHS surveys graduates to determine the number of graduates that are currently employed and those that are employed in their field of study. This data is reported to the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) which issues an Annual Performance Report that includes a placement summary. To review our Annual Performance Report, please select Huntington University of Health Sciences on THEC’s Authorized Institutions and Data webpage.

Since there are states and/or countries that have regulations as to the educational requirements and use of various occupational titles, we suggest that you check with your state to see if there are any applicable regulations. In the United States, for example, some states have restrictions for using the title “Nutritionist” or “Nutrition Counselor”, while other states do not. In any case, the use of “Registered Dietitian” or “Dietitian” are restricted to those individuals who met the credentialing requirements of the American Dietetic Association. Please do note that none of our programs are intended to lead towards a Registered Dietitian (RD) credential. Please see our Registered Dietitian Disclosure. Students are responsible for determining if their country or state has any requirements with regards to providing nutrition counseling or services.

 

To the best of our knowledge, there are currently no U.S. federal or state restrictions for using the following titles:

  • Nutrition Specialist
  • Integrative Nutrition Specialist
  • Nutrition Consultant
  • Nutrition Professional
  • Integrative Nutrition Professional

 

The American Nutrition Association® (Formerly the Center for Nutrition Advocacy®) is an excellent resource for those interested in pursuing a career in Nutrition.

The Council of Holistic Health Educators is an excellent resource for those interested in pursuing a career in Nutrition.

Retention Rates provided by College Navigator measure the percentage of first-time, degree-seeking students who return to the institution to continue their studies the subsequent fall term, as reported to the National Center for Education Statistics via the IPEDS Fall Enrollment Survey. To learn more, please go the Retention and Graduation Rates tab at College Navigator.

Graduates from HUHS’s bachelor program may enroll in various types of graduate and professional education after completing our four-year degree programs. For more information, please see our Student Outcomes page.