First Institute is required by federal law to annually make available certain consumer information to enrolled students under the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) and Consumer Information under HEA Sec. 485(a)(1), Sec. 485(f), Sec. 485(g), [Sec. 485(h)] and Sec.485(j) and as amended by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA).

The notice is sent to enrolled First Institute students via email. The email includes the information available and where you can find it on First Institute’s website. You can also receive the following information as a paper copy by emailing Katie Postelnick, Compliance Administrator at or by sending a letter to the same at First Institute, 790 S. McHenry Ave., Crystal Lake, IL 60014.

This notice provides you with a brief summary of First Institute’s Institutional and Financial Aid Information. The complete HEA Consumer Information disclosure list and links can be accessed at the First Institute’s Consumer Information webpage and includes the following topics:

Contains a list of designated officials and/or departments and operating hours for obtaining more detailed information about the Consumer Information topics.

  • Assistance available from federal, state, local and institutional programs, and procedures to apply
  • How cost of attendance budgets are calculated
  • Provisions for books and supplies policy for eligible students including textbook information
  • Requirements if selected for verification
  • Student loan information including entrance and exit loan counseling for student borrowers, and code of conduct for education loans
  • Federal student financial aid penalties for drug law violations
  • Academic Programs
  • Accreditation, Approval and Licensure of Institution and Programs
  • Price of Attendance
  • Transfer of Credit Policy
  • Cancellation, Withdraw and Refund Policy
  • Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) for financial aid students
  • Privacy of Student Records – Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
  • Support Services for Students with Disabilities
  • Copyright Infringement
  • Textbook Information
  • Disbursement of Books and Supplies
  • College Navigator
  • Net Price Calculator
  • Constitution Day
  • Voter Registration
  • Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Plan
  • Annual Campus Safety Report and Crime Statistics
  • Programs to Prevent VAWA Crimes
  • Title IX Sexual Misconduct Policy & Disciplinary Proceedings
  • Title IX Investigator Personnel Training
  • Vaccination Policy
  • Completion/Graduation Rates
  • Retention Rates
  • Student Body Diversity
  • Job Placement Statistics
  • Fire safety policies, fire statistics and fire log
  • Missing Person Notification Policy
  • Types of graduate and professional education in which the school’s graduates enroll
  • Teacher Preparation Program Reporting
  • Athletic Disclosures