Consumer Information

Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) Reporting

The Higher Education Opportunity Act (Public Law 110-315) (HEOA) was enacted on August 14, 2008, and reauthorizes the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA), as amended. A disclosure requirement is information that a post-secondary institution is required to make available to current students, current employees, prospective students, and prospective employees. This page was created to provide quick access to this data. The following are general information subject areas, which are intended to provide quick access to consumer information.

Institutional Complaint Process

One of the requirements of the Program Integrity Rule amendment of Title IV of the Higher Education Act is that post-secondary institutions ensure access to a complaint process that will permit student consumers to address the following: alleged violations of state consumer protection laws that include but are not limited to fraud and false advertising; alleged violations of state laws or rules relating to the licensure of postsecondary institutions; and complaints relating to the quality of education or other state or accreditation requirements. To learn more about the College of Coastal Georgia's full compliance with the Program Integrity Rule, please visit HEOA Filing Complaints.

Distance Education

In compliance with the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008, institutions offering distance education must provide students with contact information for filing complaints with accrediting agencies and with the appropriate state agencies for handling complaints. The College of Coastal Georgia wants to resolve student grievances, complaints, and concerns involving eLearning expeditiously and fairly. Complaints regarding any aspect of the College's operations should be filed initially with Academic Affairs and then, if needed, to external authorities, such as NC-SARA, which utilizes a flowchart presentation depicting the complaint process. If the complaint cannot be resolved at the college level, the student can appeal to the NC-SARA Georgia Portal, the Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission (GNPEC), unless the student is located in Massachusetts or California. Students residing in California should follow the process published by the California Department of Consumer Affairs.

Title IX at Coastal Georgia

Coastal Georgia is committed to providing an educational, living, and working environment free of all forms of sex discrimination and harassment. See the Office of Title IX for more information.

CARES Act Emergency Funding for Students

The Coronavirus Assistance, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act approved more than $14 billion in support for higher education. Using a formula based on both total enrollment and the share of enrolled students eligible for Pell Grants, the College of Coastal Georgia was allocated $2,600,243, of which $1,405,993 was specifically set aside to assist students with Emergency Financial Aid Grants and $1,194,250 distributed directly to eligible students through the form of grants and emergency assistance. See CARES Act reporting for more information.

Educational Loan Disclosure

The College does not have a preferred lender arrangement for either Title IV or private educational loans, so this is not a compliance issue for the College of Coastal Georgia. Consequently, the institution does not provide resource information for the following topics: private education loan disclosures; self-certification form; code of conduct for education loans; preferred lender lists; preferred lender arrangements; private education loans; and annual report on preferred lender arrangements.

The ERM Policy Coordinator monitors Coastal Georgia's compliance with the HEOA on an annual basis. Many of the requirements covered in these regulations address multiple departments and functions across Coastal Georgia. If you have any questions or concerns regarding compliance with the HEOA, please contact To obtain printed copies of specific information, please email the Office of Institutional Effectiveness at or call 912.279.5774.