Consumer Information

The following is a list of consumer information that Harding University is required by federal regulations to make available to you as a student or parent of a student. This is a brief summary of the information available and contact information is provided if you would like to request a paper copy. Also, a Summary of Disclosures pdf is available.

Accreditation

Harding Provost Office Accreditation page

Harding University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (312-263-0456 or 800-621-7440). Harding also maintains specialized accreditation for its programs as appropriate to its educational purposes and has more than 50 degrees/majors offered by colleges, departments, and programs that have specialized accreditation.

Achievement Data - Student Outcome Data

The most recent completion rates and licensure pass rates for selected programs are provided via a link to current online data whenever available.

College of Allied Health:
Physical Therapy   (scroll to "Program Outcomes" drop-down)
Physician Assistant Studies

Speech-Language Pathology

College of Arts & Humanities:
Art & Design - Interior Design   (scroll to "Retention, Graduation..." drop-down)

College of Business Administration  (scroll to "Accreditation Information" drop-down)

College of Education

College of Nursing:
Undergraduate Program Outcomes (scroll to drop-down)
Graduate Program Outcomes (scroll to drop-down)

College of Pharmacy  (2nd & 3rd FAQs)

Harding School of Theology  (Click on this link, then on the “H” for Harding and
                                                  then on the desired Annual Performance Report.)
      

Athletic Programs

Equity in Athletics Report

Athletic graduation rates and success rates are available through the NCAA website.

Federal Graduation Rates (pdf)

Academic Success Rate Report (pdf)

College Navigator

nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator

College Navigator is a free consumer information tool that guides, leads, and directs students, parents, high school counselors and other interested parties to information about higher education institutions. The primary data source for College Navigator is the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, or IPEDS.

Complaint Policy

Harding University takes very seriously complaints and concerns regarding the institution. Most complaints or concerns of a specific nature should be initiated and resolved at the campus level through normal University processes whenever possible. An email address (consumerinfo@harding.edu) and a toll free number (844-678-2777) are available to help a student understand the process for filing a complaint. The university has an official complaint policy as well as a formal complaint form.

Complaints associated with the institution’s compliance with academic program quality and accrediting standards may be directed to the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) following their complaint process which is published at www.hlcommission.org/HLC-Institutions/complaints.html.

Students enrolled in Harding postsecondary distance education (e.g., online courses, clinical placements, etc.) must follow Harding’s published student grievance process before contacting the Arkansas Division of Higher Education (ADHE). Grievances regarding student grades or conduct violations are governed entirely by institutional policy and Arkansas law and will not be considered by ADHE. If a student must report an unresolved grievance, the student may complete the student complaint form at www.adhe.edu/students-parents/colleges-universites/student-grievance-form. Resolutions by ADHE are final. Students must submit a written grievance to ADHE using the form. The grievant also must provide written documentation from the college/university verifying that the institution’s appeal process has been followed.

Harding University is authorized for operation as a postsecondary educational institution by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC).  For grievances by students enrolled at the Harding University Memphis campus that are not resolved at Harding, please contact Tennessee Higher Education Commission at 312 Rosa Parks Ave, 9th Floor, Nashville, TN 37243 or (615) 741-3605.  Any person claiming damage or loss as a result of any act or practice by this institution that may be a violation of the Title 49, Chapter 7, Part 20 or Rule Chapter 1520-01-02 may file a complaint with the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, Division of Postsecondary State Authorization.

Constitution Day

Each year, on September 17th, an educational program pertaining to the United States Constitution is presented in chapel which all undergraduate students are required to attend. Contact: Jon Roberts, jroberts@harding.edu or 501-279-4257.

Emergency Response

Federal Student Cohort Default Rates

Harding University federal student cohort default rates can be found on the USDOE Federal Student Aid site.  Choose "Search Database" on the site's left-hand navigation bar or push the green "GO" button in the middle of the page to search for Harding University.

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Grants

Harding University Reporting - Emergency Grants to Students

HEERF CARES Act Grant (awarded Spring/Summer 2020):
Harding University signed and returned the Certification and Agreement for CARES Act funding on April 14, 2020. Harding University agrees to use no less than 50% of funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students. See the COVID Funding Cert-DrM signed agreement (pdf).

Harding received $1,626,431.00 to provide to its students. From March 2020, through the end of the summer term, it is estimated that Harding University had about 3,300 Title IV eligible students.

The first round of funds, totaling $892,195.85, were distributed on May 21, 2020 to 618 students. The remaining funds of $734,235.15 were distributed on June 25, 2020. In total, 921 students received CARES Act grants.  

In order to receive funds, students submitted a CARES Act Grant Application, available through the student portal. Applicants who were enrolled for the Spring 2020 and/or Summer 2020 semester, who had a 2019-2020 FAFSA on file, and who met all Title IV requirements for Federal Student Aid, were eligible for CARES Act grants. Awards were limited to the annual Pell Grant maximum of $6,195.

Harding emailed students instructions regarding this process at the onset of each application. See the Cares Act Reporting Emails (pdf).

As of June 25, 2020, Harding University distributed all the CARES Act funds designated to students. The quarterly report for these funds can be found at the below link.

Harding University Quarterly Report (pdf)

CRRSAA HEERF II Grant (awarded Spring 2021):

The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 included additional COVID-19 relief through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA).  Under Section 314(a)(1) of the CRRSAA, Harding was awarded $1,626,431.00 to provide grants to its students. 

The CRRSAA “required institutions to prioritize students with exceptional need, such as students who receive Pell Grants, and to authorize grants to students exclusively enrolled in distance education." 

To comply with this requirement, Harding used the following selection criteria: 1) Harding must have received a 2021 FAFSA by January 26, 2021. 2) The student enrolled in both fall and spring semesters. 3) The student demonstrated need as evidenced by the FAFSA. The estimated number of students enrolled for spring who completed a FAFSA is 2,900 students.

After applying the above criteria, the awards were divided into two categories: 1) Undergraduate, Pell-eligible recipients and 2) Undergraduate, non-Pell eligible recipients and graduate students.

All Pell recipients, who met the selection criteria, received $1,500. The remaining funds, prioritized by need, were awarded to non-Pell eligible undergraduate and graduate students in $800 increments. In total, 1,464 students received CRRSAA grants. 

Harding emailed students regarding this process at the onset of each application. See the HEERF_II_Grant Communication (pdf).

As of January 26, 2021, Harding awarded the entire $1,626,431 to students.

Harding University HEERF II 1st Quarter 2021 Report (pdf)

CRRSAA HEERF III Grant (awarded June 2021):

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARP) of 2021 included additional COVID-19 relief governed by Section 2003 of the ARP and Section 314 of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA), specifically ARP Section 314(a)(1).  The ARP was signed into law on March 11, 2021. As part of the ARP, Harding University received $4,257,823 to provide emergency grants to qualifying students. These funds can be used for any component of a student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus.

The CRRSAA “required institutions to prioritize students with exceptional need, such as students who receive Pell Grants, and to authorize grants to students exclusively enrolled in distance education." 

To comply with this requirement, Harding used the following selection criteria: 1) Harding must have received a 2021 FAFSA by May 23, 2021. 2) The student attended during the spring semester. 3) The student demonstrated need as evidenced by the FAFSA. The estimated number of students enrolled for spring who completed a FAFSA is 2900 students.

After applying the above criteria, the awards were divided into two categories: 1) Undergraduate, Pell-eligible recipients and 2) Undergraduate, non-Pell eligible recipients and graduate students.

All Pell recipients, who met the selection criteria, received $3,208. The remaining funds, prioritized by need, were awarded to non-Pell eligible undergraduate and graduate students in $1,777 increments. In total, 1,859 students received CRRSAA grants. 

Harding emailed students regarding this process at the onset of each application. See the HEERF III Grants_Communication (pdf).

As of June 4th, 2021, Harding awarded the entire $4,257,823 to students.

Harding University HEERF III 2nd Quarter 2021 Report (pdf)

Professional Licensure Disclosures

Research

Office of Research Integrity & Compliance (ORIC) Policy (pdf)

Indirect Cost Rate Agreement (pdf)

Harding TIN/EIN:  71-0236896

Conflict of Interest Policy (pdf)

Research Misconduct Policy (pdf)

Please contact the Office of Sponsored Programs at osp@harding.edu or 501-279-4024 for more information regarding Harding's research policies.

Student Financial Aid

Appealing Your Federal Financial Aid Award:  If you and/or your family have experienced a recent job loss or a significant reduction in income and you have already filed the FAFSA, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at 501-279-4257 or email finaid@harding.edu.

The Office of Financial Aid can simulate such situations to determine if filing a special circumstance to adjust your FAFSA data would result in a change to your financial aid awards.

Harding Financial Aid site

Undergraduate Net Price Calculator

Student Loan Code of Conduct (pdf)

Study Abroad Programs:  Harding's study abroad programs consist of courses for which the University awards the academic credit. The courses are taken at university-managed sites in foreign countries. Enrollment in a Harding study abroad program is considered concurrent enrollment at the University making the programs eligible for Title IV financial assistance.

Summary of Disclosures (pdf)

501-279-4257 or finaid@harding.edu

Transfer

Vaccination Policy