Your Right To Know

Your Right to Know

The Higher Education Opportunity Act (Public Law 110-315) (HEOA) was enacted on August 14, 2008 and updated October 28 & 29, 2009, and reauthorizes the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA). The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) of 2008 contains numerous federal reporting and disclosure requirements for information from various administrative areas of higher education institutions.

Tuition and Fees

The University does not charge tuition and does not receive funding through any Department of Education grant or loan programs. Students at the University do not receive financial assistance through Department of Education grant or loan programs.

Textbooks are provided on loan to students through the library and are to be returned at the end of each quarter.

Title IV Cohort Default Rate

The University receives all of its funding through the federal government budget process, under the General Defense Intelligence Program (GDIP) element of the National Intelligence Program, which is approved by the Director of National Intelligence, and eventually by the administration and the Congress.

The University does not charge tuition and does not receive funding through any Department of Education grant or loan program. Students at the University do not receive financial assistance through Department of Education grant or loan programs. In accordance with 34 CFR 602.16(a)(1)(x) and the Federal Student Aid Handbook 2012-2-13, the National Intelligence University is not required to submit reports on Cohort Default Rates to the U.S. Department of Education. NIU financial data to date has not been loaded to the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

FERPA – Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

All student records and access to distance learning and course materials are accessed through a network, requiring PKI certificates and access to a Sensitive Compartmented Intelligence Facility.

1. NIU Students have the right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days after the day the school receives a request for access. A student should submit to the registrar a written request that identifies the record(s) the student wishes to inspect. The school official will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. Students who are not located in the National Capitol Region may request records be faxed or emailed, though electronically transmitted records may be redacted to comply with Personally Identifiable Information (PII) policies.

2. The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the student believes is inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights:

    • A student who wishes to ask the school to amend a record should write the school official responsible for the record, clearly identify the part of the record the student wants changed, and specify why it should be changed.
    • If the school decides not to amend the record as requested, the school will notify the student in writing of the decision and the student’s right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the student when notified of the right to a hearing.

3. The right to provide written consent before the university discloses personally identifiable information (PII) from the student’s education records:

    • The school discloses education records without a student’s prior written consent to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the NIU in an administrative, supervisory, academic, research, or support staff position (including law enforcement or unit personnel); a person serving on the board of visitors; or a student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee. A school official also may include a volunteer or contractor outside of the NIU, who performs an institutional service or function for which the school would otherwise use its own employees and who is under the direct control of the school with respect to the use and maintenance of PII from education records, such as an attorney, or auditor. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibilities for NIU.

Credit Hours

NIU Credit Hours Policy

The Deans, Program Directors, and Agency Chairs met with the Director of Institutional Effectiveness on January 16, 2013 to discuss the verification of compliance requirements for credit hours. On February 15, this group examined the federal definition of a credit hour and policy statements for three institutions of varying size and complexity, and documented NIU’s policy for assigning credit hours. This policy was presented and approved by the President’s Council on March 28, 2013.

Through course Curriculum Working Groups and Quality Circles, Faculty regularly review course content and workload to ensure they meet expectations for credit hours and various aspects of quality. Degree requirements and the credit load for specific courses are documented in the NIU Catalog and NIU Student Handbook.

Transfer Credit Policy

Transfer Credit Policy

Transfer Hours – Undergraduate Level

For the BSI program, NIU accepts transfer credits, provided that the credits are from a regionally accredited institution and that the student earned a grade of C or better. In addition, NIU accepts a maximum of 50 quarter hours of credit from testing and military training that has been evaluated by the American Council of Education (ACE) for the undergraduate program only. The University does not accept transfer credits for any required courses in the BSI curriculum. NIU does not have any articulation agreements established with other institutions.

Transfer Hours – Graduate Level

Graduate students may transfer a maximum of six (6) quarter hours to a master’s program. The students must have taken the courses within 5 years prior to enrolling in NIU and have an earned grade of B or better. Courses submitted for transfer credit must be relevant to the degree being sought, and must be taken at the appropriate academic level at a regionally accredited institution. When making a transfer credit request, students must certify that the hours have not been used, nor will they be used, to meet requirements for any other degree. Students may not obtain transfer credit in lieu of taking NIU core courses. The Deans may set additional transfer requirements for their respective degree programs, provided these requirements are published in places accessible to current and prospective students and faculty. After acceptance to NIU, students may obtain Transfer Credit Evaluation Forms from the NIU Office of Enrollment Services or on Blackboard. Completed forms should be submitted to the Office of Enrollment Services, together with official transcripts, catalog description, and a syllabus. Additional documentation may be required. Approval of transfer hours resides with the Dean of the appropriate program. NIU does not have articulation agreements established with other institutions.

Admissions Counseling

Prospective students are strongly encouraged to have their academic records reviewed by the University Admissions Office to determine whether they meet the academic prerequisites. To request an evaluation, applicants should forward all of their transcripts with a cover note that includes the request and applicable contact information. Legible copies are acceptable for credit evaluation; official copies are preferred. The Admissions staff will evaluate the applicant’s credentials and provide feedback, as well as make recommendations on how to meet any remaining semester hour requirements.

NIU Catalog
BSI Transfer Policy
MSSI/MSTI Transfer Policy

Articulation Agreements

The University does not have any articulation agreements established with other institutions.


National Intelligence University is accredited by Middle States Commission of Higher Education (MSCHE).

Academic Integrity and Ethical Conduct Policy

NIU Academic Integrity and Ethical Conduct Policy

As federal employees and members of the Intelligence Community (IC), all NIU students, faculty, and staff are required to uphold the highest ethical standards in their personal and professional conduct. This Academic Integrity Policy identifies the requirements for academic integrity and ethical conduct.

Identity Verification Policy

Identity Verification Policy

All students are subject to Department of Defense rules and regulations governing use of information technology and eligibility for security clearance. Identity verification at NIU is handled internally by the U.S. Government as part of the security clearance process. The University does not assess any charges or fees to students for the identity verification.

All students attending class or taking an examination at the main NIU campus, Academic Center, or other instructional site must present government-issued photo identification approved for entry to the campus or Academic Center.

Each student admitted to NIU receives a secure login and password to access all campus systems including three networks (the Non-classified Internet Protocol Router Network [NIPRNET], and the Joint Worldwide Intelligence Communications System [JWICS], and Blackboard. For examinations, University instructors or academic center directors may validate the identity of the student taking the exam – in person or remotely through secure audiovisual technologies.

Students with Disabilities

NIU supports Federal statutes and DoD regulations that require reasonable accommodation of qualified individuals with disabilities. Students with disabilities should contact the Registrar with their concerns. NIU is committed to:

    • provide instructional materials in accessible formats
    • ensure academic courses and programs are accessible

Student Outcomes

NIU Student Outcome Information


NIU Diversity Information

For More Information

The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA)