Student Consumer Information



Accreditation and Licensing
Information on GIA's accreditation and licensing is available on this page and is found in the Education Catalog.

Accreditation and Licensing
2020 Education Catalog for Carlsbad Campus and World Headquarters
2020 Education Catalog for New York Campus
Education Catalog for Texas Residents


ACCSC Graduation and Employment Rates
-Carlsbad Campus

-New York Campus


Annual Safety Report (ASR)
Keeping GIA campuses safe for our students, employees, and visitors is one of our top priorities. Information about safety and security on campus, emergency response and evacuation procedures, and a disclosure of any crimes occurring on or near our campuses is published in GIA’s Clery Report: Annual Disclosure of Campus Security Policies and Crime Statistics. For additional information please contact us at studentconsumerinfo@gia.edu

California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education Annual Report
GIA is approved to operate in California by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE), and publishes its BPPE Annual Report on its website.

California BPPE Annual Report

California School Performance Fact Sheet
GIA publishes a California School Performance Fact Sheet for each approved course and program on its website, as required by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE).

- California On Campus School Performance Fact Sheets:

- California Distance Education School Performance Fact Sheets:


Career Services
GIA's Career Services team can help you develop your career plans and prepare for your future in the gem and jewelry industry. Additional information is found in the Education Catalog.

2020 Education Catalog for Carlsbad Campus and World Headquarters
2020 Education Catalog for New York Campus
2019 Texas Education Catalog
To access the catalogs for other GIA school locations, please refer to our campuses and locations page.

Catalog
GIA's Education Catalog provides information about available programs, costs, schedules, policies, and more.

2020 Education Catalog for Carlsbad Campus and World Headquarters
2020 Education Catalog for New York Campus
2019 Texas Education Catalog
To access the catalogs for other GIA school locations, please refer to our campuses and locations page.


College Navigator
College Navigator provides national comparative information for universities, including costs, student demographics, student outcomes, and other institutional information as published by the National Center for Education Statistics.

Carlsbad Campus
New York Campus


Constitution Day
GIA promotes responsible citizenship among our students and we celebrate Constitution Day each year on or about September 17.

National Endowment for the Humanities Site


Copyright Infringement and P2P File Sharing Policy
GIA's policies prohibit the illegal downloading and/or sharing of copyrighted material, including web pages, peer-to-peer file sharing software, and email. Additional information is found in the Education Catalog and details are found in GIA's policy statement.

Copyright Infringement and P2P File Sharing Policy
2020 Education Catalog for Carlsbad Campus and World Headquarters
2020 Education Catalog for New York Campus


Cost of Attendance (COA)
Information about program costs is available on this page, along with a web tool to help you estimate your costs and financial aid as a first-time student. Additional information is found in the Education Catalog.

2020 Education Catalog for Carlsbad Campus and World Headquarters
2020 Education Catalog for New York Campus
Cost of Attendance


Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC)
DEAC Student Achievement Disclosure for the Public

Drug and Alcohol Policy - Preventing Drug and Alcohol Abuse
GIA maintains strict policies against drug and alcohol abuse by our students and employees. GIA's comprehensive policy includes information about illegal drugs, addiction, and local treatment providers. Additional information is found in the Education Catalog and Clery Report.

Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Policy
GIA’s Clery Report: Annual Disclosure of Campus Security Policies and Crime Statistics


Emergency Communication and Notification System: Timely Warnings and Emergency Notifications
In the event of an emergency, GIA will contact affected students by phone, text, and email, and will provide additional information on the GIA website and on the GIA telephone answering system. Additional information is found in the Clery Report: Annual Disclosure of Campus Security Policies and Crime Statistics and the Education Catalog.

GIA’s Clery Report: Annual Disclosure of Campus Security Policies and Crime Statistics
2020 Education Catalog for Carlsbad Campus and World Headquarters
2020 Education Catalog for New York Campus

For additional information please contact us at studentconsumerinfo@gia.edu


Entrance Counseling for Student Borrowers
Students receiving federal financial aid must participate in entrance counseling. More information is available in the Education Catalog

2020 Education Catalog for Carlsbad Campus and World Headquarters
2020 Education Catalog for New York Campus


Exit Counseling for Student Borrowers
Students receiving federal financial aid must participate in exit counseling. More information is available in the Education Catalog.

2020 Education Catalog for Carlsbad Campus and World Headquarters
2020 Education Catalog for New York Campus


Financial Aid and Scholarships
GIA will provide you with information about available programs, eligibility requirements, how to apply, how awards and distributions are made, your rights and responsibilities, the cost of attendance, and the withdrawal, cancellation, and refund policies. Additional information is found in the Education Catalog.

2020 Education Catalog for Carlsbad Campus and World Headquarters
2020 Education Catalog for New York Campus
Financial Assistance & Scholarships


Financial Aid Refunds/Return to Title IV (R2T4)
Federal law specifies how GIA must determine the amount of Title IV program assistance that a student earns if he/she withdraws from school. Additional information is found in the Education Catalog.

2020 Education Catalog for Carlsbad Campus and World Headquarters
2020 Education Catalog for New York Campus
Financial Aid Refunds


Graduation Requirements
All students must meet specific requirements to graduate. Additional information is found in the Education Catalog.

2020 Education Catalog for Carlsbad Campus and World Headquarters
2020 Education Catalog for New York Campus
2019 Texas Education Catalog
To access the catalogs for other GIA school locations, please refer to our campuses and locations page.


Net Price Calculator
Information about program costs is available on this page, along with a web tool to help you estimate your costs and financial aid as a first-time student. Additional information is found in the Education Catalog.
2020 Education Catalog for Carlsbad Campus and World Headquarters
2020 Education Catalog for New York Campus
Net Price Calculator


Nondiscrimination Policy
It is GIA's policy not to engage in discrimination against or harassment of any student enrolled in, or seeking enrollment in GIA on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, religion, gender, age, disability, medical condition, creed, pregnancy or parental status, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status, gender identity, caste, union membership, political affiliation, physical appearance, HIV status, or any other classification protected by applicable local, state or federal laws. All students have the rights and privileges to participate in programs and activities generally accorded to or made available to all students of the school. Additional information is found in the Education Catalog.


Notification of Availability of Institutional & Financial Aid Information
The Notice is updated on an annual basis and made available to enrolled and prospective students and staff of GIA’s Carlsbad and New York campuses.

Annual Notice of Availability of Institutional & Financial Aid Information

Notice of Federal Student Financial Aid Penalties for Drug Law Violations
Students receiving federal financial aid are subject to specific restrictions if convicted of the possession or sale of illegal drugs while attending classes at GIA. Additional information is found in the Education Catalog.

2020 Education Catalog for Carlsbad Campus and World Headquarters
2020 Education Catalog for New York Campus

Reasonable Accommodation - 504/ADA Compliance 
GIA is committed to ensuring equal access to its programs and activities for qualified individuals, including individuals with disabilities. GIA does not discriminate against individuals with disabilities seeking to apply to its programs. GIA will make efforts to accommodate each prospective candidate with special requirements or needs by granting reasonable accommodations where appropriate. GIA will make reasonable, appropriate and effective modifications in policies, practices, and procedures for qualified individuals with disabilities in accordance with Section 504 of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with disabilities Act (“ADA”) and applicable state and local laws.

GIA’s 504 Coordinator monitors and oversees the Institute’s efforts to comply with and carry out its responsibilities under Section 504 of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act and related regulations. Students, applicants, instructors, administrators or others who participate in GIA’s education programs and activities with questions or concerns related to the application of this policy or complaints about discrimination on the basis of a disability are encouraged to contact the 504 Coordinator. For questions or concerns related reasonable accommodation, please contact GIA’s designated 504 Coordinator: 

Vusala Aranjo
Manager, Education Compliance
Title IX & 504/ADA Coordinator
504coordinator@gia.edu
titleixcoordinator@gia.edu
varanjo@gia.edu

1 760 603 4000 ext. 7776
The Robert Mouawad Campus
Mailstop #1
5345 Armada Drive
Carlsbad, California 92008 USA

For the New York campus, complaints or concerns relating to the GIA’s 504 compliance should be submitted to the Deputy 504 Coordinator, who provides information and assistance to New York students. The Deputy 504 Coordinator effectively collaborates with and informs the 504 Coordinator immediately of the report relating to 504 compliance. This process ensures a prompt and appropriate response to the concern.  

Jennifer Kim
New York School Director, Deputy Title IX & 504 Coordinator
504coordinator@gia.edu
jkim@gia.edu
+1 212 944 5900, ext. 3662
Mailstop # 70
50 West 47th Street, Floor 8
New York, NY 10036 USA
+1 212 944 5900, ext. 3662

More information on requesting reasonable accommodation is found in the Education Catalog.

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
GIA maintains high standards for academic performance, including separate standards for continuing eligibility for federal financial aid. Additional information is found in the Education Catalog.

Financial Aid Academic Requirements
2020 Education Catalog for Carlsbad Campus and World Headquarters
2020 Education Catalog for New York Campus
2019 Texas Education Catalog
To access the catalogs for other GIA school locations, please refer to our campuses and locations page.


Student Academic Calendar
Holidays and campus closure dates are posted in the Education Catalog.

2020 Education Catalog for Carlsbad Campus and World Headquarters
2020 Education Catalog for New York Campus
2019 Texas Education Catalog
To access the catalogs for other GIA school locations, please refer to our campuses and locations page.


Student Code of Conduct
GIA students are expected to behave in a professional manner and to treat others with dignity and respect at all times. The complete Student Code of Conduct is found in the Education Catalog.

2020 Education Catalog for Carlsbad Campus and World Headquarters
2020 Education Catalog for New York Campus
2019 Texas Education Catalog
To access the catalogs for other GIA school locations, please refer to our campuses and locations page.


Student Complaints and Grievances
GIA's policy and procedure to submit a complaint is found in the Education Catalog. 

2020 Education Catalog for Carlsbad Campus and World Headquarters
2020 Education Catalog for New York Campus
2019 Texas Education Catalog
To access the catalogs for other GIA school locations, please refer to our campuses and locations page.

Student Diversity

Carlsbad Campus
New York Campus


Student Loan Code of Conduct
GIA has set forth this policy to codify and clarify our ethics standard with regard to education loan providers (lenders).

Student Loan Code of Conduct


Student Outcomes
GIA calculates student and graduate outcomes data as required by a variety of federal, state and accreditor requirements. This information is available by clicking on the links below, or you may request a copy at studentconsumerinfo@gia.edu. Additional information for Texas residents is found in the Summary of Student Completion, Employment, and Placement Report.

Graduation and Employment Rates

- Carlsbad Campus

- California On Campus School Performance Fact Sheets:

- California Distance Education School Performance Fact Sheets:

- New York Campus

Texas Residents: Summary of Student Completion and Placement Report


Student Privacy Rights (FERPA)
The care and protection of GIA student information is of the utmost importance. GIA maintains a comprehensive global personal data protection policy that may be found on our website at www.gia.edu. GIA also complies with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA). Additional information is found in the Education Catalog.

2020 Education Catalog for Carlsbad Campus and World Headquarters
2020 Education Catalog for New York Campus
Student Privacy Notice
More information on requesting reasonable accommodation is found in the Education Catalog.


Texas Residents - Additional Information
GIA has a Certificate of Approval from the Texas Workforce Commission. Information on GIA education offered to residents of Texas is found in the Education.

Education Catalog for Texas Residents
Texas Residents - Additional Information

GIA Title IX Non-Discrimination Grievance Policy and Process
Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any Education Program or Activity operated by a recipient that receives federal financial assistance. As an educational institution subject to Title IX, Gemological Institute of America, Inc. (“GIA” or “Institute”) has adopted this Title IX Non-Discrimination Grievance Policy and Process (“Policy”). As set forth in detail herein, GIA:

  • Does not discriminate on the basis of sex, including in admissions and employment, and is committed to providing an educational and workplace environment that is free from sex-based discrimination, harassment, and retaliation;

  • Prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in its educational programs and activities, as required by law;

  • Is committed to promoting fairness and equity in all aspects of its operations; and

  • Values and promotes the equal dignity of all community members and is committed to the pursuit of just resolutions with respect to the rights of all parties involved.

  • This Policy is adopted to prevent discrimination prohibited under Title IX and provide a prompt, fair, and impartial process to address complaints of alleged discrimination based on sex.

  • Inquiries about this Policy, or the application of Title IX may be referred to GIA’s Title IX Coordinator, the Assistant Secretary of the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, or both.

The Title IX Coordinator oversees implementation and enforcement of this Policy, which includes primary responsibility for coordinating GIA’s efforts related to the intake, investigation, resolution, and implementation of supportive measures to stop, remediate, and prevent discrimination, harassment, and retaliation prohibited under this policy.

GIA’s Title IX Coordinator is identified below and may be contacted with questions about this Policy, to file a report or Formal Complaint, or to otherwise assist individuals in ensuring equal access to GIA’s educational programs or activities in compliance with Title IX.

Title IX Coordinator:
Ms. Vusala Aranjo
Address: 5345 Armada Drive, Carlsbad, CA, 92008
Tel.: 760-603-4000 ext. 7776
Email: varanjo@gia.edu, titleixcoordinator@gia.edu
Web: www.gia.edu

Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Ms. Jennifer Kim
Address: 50 W. 47th Street, New York, New York 10036
Tel.: (212) 944-5900 ext. 3662
Email: jkim@gia.edu
Web: www.gia.edu

U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights

Individuals may also contact the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights with Title IX questions. (Please note that inquiries to OCR alone are not sufficient to allow appropriate responsive action by GIA. To ensure your concern is appropriately addressed under this Policy, please file a report with GIA’s Title IX Coordinator).

Office for Civil Rights (OCR)
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20202-1100
Customer Service Hotline #: (800) 421-3481
Facsimile: (202) 453-6012
TDD#: (877) 521-2172
Email: OCR@ed.gov
Web: http://www.ed.gov/ocr

Title IX Non-Discrimination Grievance Policy and Process

On May 19, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education released its Final Rule under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance. As mandated by the law, Title IX Coordinators, Investigators, and Decision-Makers must be properly trained. All materials used to train Title IX Coordinators, investigators, decision makers, and any person who facilitates an informal resolution process. A recipient must make these training materials publicly available on its website, or if the recipient does not maintain a website the recipient must make these materials available upon request for inspection by members of the public. Please see below for all training sessions GIA’s Title IX staff members have attended:

Title IX Coordinators:
Title IX Coordinator Training Part 1
Video - Title IX Coordinator Training Part 1
Title IX Coordinator Training Part 2
Video - Title IX Coordinator Training Part 2
Title IX Coordinator Training Part 3
Video - Title IX Coordinator Training Part 3

Office of Civil Rights (OCR) Title IX Training Webinars (May-July, 2020):
July 29, 2020: The First Amendment and Title IX: An OCR Short Webinar
July 27, 2020: OCR Short Webinar on How to Report Sexual Harassment under Title IX
Jul 21, 2020: OCR Webinar on Due Process Protections under the New Title IX Regulations
July 10, 2020: OCR Webinar on Civil Rights and COVID-19
July 7, 2020: OCR Webinar on New Title IX Protections Against Sexual Assault
May 19, 2020: OCR 100: An Introduction to Federal Civil Rights Protections in Education
May 8, 2020: OCR Webinar: Title IX Regulations Addressing Sexual Harassment

Investigators:
Title IX Investigator Training
Video - Title IX Invesigator Training

Decision Makers:
Title IX Decision-Maker Training
Video - Title IX Descion-Maker Training
ATIXA R3 Hearing Officers and Decision Makers Webinar
Video - Webinar Recording Hearing Panels and Descion-Makers Breifing on the New Regulations

Advisors:
Ankura Webinar Advisors

Additionally, all Title IX team members have participated in Thomson Coburn Title IX training series published on July 28, 2020.  Please see below for specific topics that were covered in these sessions:

2020 7 Session 1 - Fundamentals
2020 7 Session 2 - Complaints
2020 7 Session 3 - Investigation
2020 7 Session 4 - Hearings
2020 7 Session 5 - Determinations
2020 7 Session 6 - Appeals
2020 8-12 Title IX Compliance Checklist Final
Thompson Coburn Title IX Training Series  - Video Playlist

Transfer of Credit Policies
Information about GIA's transfer of credit policy is found in the Education Catalog.

2020 Education Catalog for Carlsbad Campus and World Headquarters
2020 Education Catalog for New York Campus
2019 Texas Education Catalog
To access the catalogs for other GIA school locations, please refer to our campuses and locations page.

Tuition and Fees - Schedule of Student Charges
The complete list of student charges, including tuition and other fees, is found in the Education Catalog.

2020 Education Catalog for Carlsbad Campus and World Headquarters
2020 Education Catalog for New York Campus
2019 Texas Education Catalog
To access the catalogs for other GIA school locations, please refer to our campuses and locations page.


Voter Registration Information
GIA encourages all students to vote, and provides specific information for U.S. voters, including how and when to register, and where you can vote. For more information for California residents, see the link below.

California Secretary of State Site
New York State Board of Elections


Withdrawal, Leave of Absence, and Cancellation Policies
GIA policies related to student withdrawals, leaves of absence, or other discontinuances are found in the Education Catalog.

2020 Education Catalog for Carlsbad Campus and World Headquarters
2020 Education Catalog for New York Campus
2019 Texas Education Catalog
To access the catalogs for other GIA school locations, please refer to our campuses and locations page.