Simmons University complies with the federal law known as the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA). This federal law, which is an amendment to the Higher Education Act (HEA) of 1965, requires that colleges and universities disclose information and data to current and prospective students and their families. We've created this webpage to gather our HEOA information in one place, separated into four categories:
University Costs and Financial Compliance
Net Price Calculator
Simmons University is pleased to provide this Net Price Calculator to prospective freshmen and families to aid in their college planning. The Calculator will provide an estimate of the merit and need-based grant amounts you may qualify to receive while attending Simmons University. The estimates provided here are based on our awarding policies for the current academic year, are subject to change, and do not include your federal loan or work-study eligibility.
Textbook and Course Information
Simmons is committed to ensuring that students have access to affordable course materials and to providing updated information about the selection, purchase, and sale of textbooks and course materials.
All students who receive Federal Stafford Loans are required to complete entrance counseling and exit counseling as a condition of the loans.
Code of Conduct
The Student Financial Services Student Loan Code of Conduct serves as the guiding principles in ensuring the integrity of the student financial aid process. All Simmons employees who have responsibilities with respect to educational loans are required to comply with this Code of Conduct.
The Office of the Dean for Student Affairs publishes an online student handbook for both undergraduate and graduate students. This student handbook, updated annually, contains important information on a wide variety of topics.
Transfer of Credit Policy
Students who transfer to Simmons may be eligible to transfer academic credits earned at other colleges and universities.
Simmons University is committed to the full participation of all students in its programs and activities. Although Simmons has no academic program specifically designed for students with disabilities who are otherwise qualified for admission, Simmons is committed to providing support services and reasonable accommodations when requested by students who qualify for them.
Tuition and Fees Refund Policy
If your plans change and you will not be attending Simmons, but have already paid tuition and fees, you may be entitled to a refund.
Interested in studying, volunteering or pursuing an internship abroad? We're ready to talk with you and answer your questions about studying abroad next semester, next year or next summer.
The Simmons Registrar's Office compiles and maintains data on Simmons graduation rates. The HEOA requires that this data be disaggregated by gender, by major racial and ethnic subgroups, by recipients of Pell Grants, by recipients of subsidized federal loans who did not receive a Pell Grant, and by recipients of neither a Pell Grant nor a subsidized loan.
Simmons University conducts surveys to inquire about employment and post-graduate education status of its recent graduates and alumni. See outcomes for Undergraduates and for Graduate students.
Simmons will readmit you to the Simmons School and program which you previously attended if you left Simmons or did not accept an offer of admission from Simmons to perform military service with the U.S. Armed Forces.
You are eligible for readmission under this provision if, during your leave, you performed or will perform voluntary or involuntary active duty service in the U.S. Armed Forces, including active duty for training and National Guard or Reserve service under Federal Authority, for a period of more than 30 consecutive days, and received a discharge other than dishonorable or bad conduct. In general, the cumulative length of absence and all previous absences for military service (service time only) must not exceed five years.
If you are planning to take a leave for military service, you must give advance written or verbal notice of military service to the Dean for Student Life, unless such notice is precluded by military necessity. To be readmitted, you must give notice (written or verbal) of your intent to re-enroll to the Dean of your School no later than three years after the completion of the period of your service. If you are recovering from a service-related injury or illness, you must notify the School no later than two years after your recovery.
For further questions or to speak with Student Life, please call 617-521-2116. The Office of the Dean for Student Life is located in the Main Campus Building.
Filesharing and Copyright Information
File Sharing Policy
Illegal filesharing is a violation of the Simmons University Acceptable Use Policy, Simmons' Copyright Policy, and the College's Honor Code. Illegal filesharing occurs when you download or upload a file without the consent of the copyright owner of the content in the file. There are some gray areas in this evolving area of the law, and you should read more for guidance, including the articles linked to this page and in the Simmons Technology Knowledge Base.
Health and Safety
Emergency Notification System
Simmons University has developed an Emergency Notification system that will alert the entire College community in the event of a dangerous situation posing an immediate threat to the campus community. The Simmons University system uses various modes of notification and information dissemination, including Simmons Alert (also known as Rave Alert) and the Simmons home page. The Office of Public Safety also maintains a Police Advisories webpage.
In the event of an emergency, you may also go to the Simmons University homepage. All emergency messages are displayed via a banner or button prominently placed on this webpage by the webmaster upon notification by a member of the EMC.
Emergency Contact System
The College has selected the services of an outside company, Rave Alert, which has the capacity to deliver time-sensitive emergency notifications, through a variety of communications devices, to Simmons students, faculty and staff in the event of an emergency that affects Simmons University and the Boston area. In the event of an emergency affecting Simmons University, all Simmons-administered, land-line telephones will receive an automated message, and all Simmons email accounts will receive an email with brief details and instructions regarding the emergency event. Additionally, if you register, the notification system will leave an automated cell phone warning or text message if an emergency occurs on campus.
Annual Testing of Emergency Procedures
The Simmons University Emergency Management Council, in conjunction with Simmons Public Safety, is responsible for testing the College's emergency response and for holding evacuation drills. These tests may be announced or unannounced.
Missing Student Policy
Simmons University is committed to promoting and providing a safe and secure environment our entire community. As part of our commitment, and in compliance with the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008, this missing student policy has been developed for "residential students" — students who live in a residence hall owned or operated by Simmons.
Disclosure of Relationship with Local Law Enforcement
All Simmons police officers are trained, sworn law enforcement officers, licensed as special state police officers, and have arrest authority on Simmons property.
In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Police and Campus Crimes Statistics Act, Simmons University publishes an Annual Clery Report. The Act requires that we prepare, publish and distribute an annual security report containing crime statistics and policy and security information.
Fire Safety Regulation: Disclosure of Standards and Measures
Simmons produces an annual fire safety report outlining fire safety practices, standards, and all on-campus fire-related statistics. You can find information about fire safety in our Annual Fire Safety Report, which is included in our Annual Security and Fire Safety Report.
Simmons University, in accordance with Massachusetts Law, requires the immunizations for all full time undergraduate and graduate students including transfer students, and part-time health science students.
Drug and Alcohol Policies
In compliance with Massachusetts law, students who are not of legal drinking age (21 years old) may not purchase, possess, or transport alcoholic beverages at any time. If you are a student 21 years or older, you may purchase, possess, and consume alcoholic beverages at College functions approved by the Office of Student Activities & Leadership and in your residence hall according to the policies listed below and in accordance with the College policies and procedures section of the Student Handbook. If you are transporting alcoholic beverages on campus, you must ensure that they are properly covered. Kegs and beer balls are never permitted in residence halls, and delivery of alcohol to residence halls, regardless of age, is prohibited.
Senior Vice President & General Counsel
Gretchen Groggel Ralston
Associate General Counsel, Vice President & Title IX Coordinator