Pine Manor is a private four-year liberal arts college situated on 50-plus wooded acres in the Chestnut Hill section of Brookline, Massachusetts, only a few miles outside of Boston. For over 100 years Pine Manor has provided a highly student-focused education grounded in the liberal arts tradition. The College promotes an inclusive environment that is committed to educating and empowering a diverse student body – one student at a time – with the knowledge and skills they will need to meet the challenges of career, community and citizenship in today’s global society.
In accordance with the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA) requires all institutions of higher education, who receive federal student financial assistance, to make student consumer information available to all enrolled and prospective students.
Please Note: Due to the nature of federal, state and institutional guidelines affecting financial aid programs, they are subject to change.
1. General Pine Manor College Information
- Academic Programs
- Campus Diversity
- Instructional Facilities and Labs
- Facilities and Services for Disabled Students
- Transfer of Credit
2. Pine Manor College Policies
- Nondiscrimination Statement
- FERPA (Privacy and Disclosure of Student Education Records)
- Copyright Infringement
3. Student Outcomes
4. Campus Life
- Athletic Program Participation and Financial Support
- Campus Safety and Security
- Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention
- Emergency Management
- Fire Safety
- Health and Wellness
- Voter Registration
5. Costs and Financial Aid
- Price of Attendance
- Refund Policy
- Overview of Financial Aid
- How to Apply for Aid
- Aid Eligibility
- How Aid is Awarded
- How Aid is Disbursed
- Terms of Student Loans
- Code of Conduct for Student Loans
- Terms of Student Employment
- Financial Aid for Study Abroad
- Scholarship Fraud
- Information published by the U.S. Department of Education
- National Student Loan Data System
- Student Complaint Process
6. Rights and Responsibilities of Aid Recipients
1. General Pine Manor College Information
Pine Manor College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc., through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.
Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
New England Association of Schools and Colleges
209 Burlington Rd.
Bedford, MA 01730-1433
In a letter to PMC’s Interim President the Commission explained that it was placing Pine Manor College on probation because while the College does not now meet the Commission’s standards, the Commission believes that the institution can meet the standards within two years. Learn more about PIne Manor Accreditation status here.
To view New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. details on Pine Manor College’s accreditation: https://cihe.neasc.org/about-our-institutions/roster/pine-manor-college
Pine Manor College offers Bachelors and Associates degrees in nine majors, and a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. The BA Major in English may also apply for admission to the MFA program during their senior year, and begin course work toward their masters degree as they complete their BA.
Eighty-three percent of Spring 2017 classes have fewer than 25 students.
View a full list of PMC’s Academic Departments and Programs:
The Academic Catalog of Pine Manor College provides current information on College policies, organization, curriculum and academic courses may be viewed at:www.pmc.edu/academic-catalog
The Admissions website provides information for prospective undergraduate students, including transfer and international students: www.pmc.edu/admissions
Information regarding the Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program at Pine Manor College is detailed on the site: www.pmc.edu/mfa
Ninety-five percent of Pine Manor College’s full-time faculty hold the highest degrees in their respective field. https://www.pmc.edu/full-time-faculty.
For more information about our Faculty: www.pmc.edu/academics1
Throughout the past several years, PMC ranked among the most diverse Colleges in the United States.
View more information about our Student Diversity on our website: www.pmc.edu/enrollment
Instructional Facilities and Labs
Our Collaborative Information Technology Team provides technology support to students, faculty and staff.
For more information on our Instructional Facilities and Labs please visit our website:
Facilities and Services for Disabled Students
One of the most widely used student services is the Brown Learning Resource Center (LRC). In accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, PMC is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to students with documented disabilities.
For more information on the Brown Learning Resource Center, visit our website
Transfer of Credit Policy
The number of credits granted for prior college-level work is determined by the Office of the Registrar.
For details regarding the Transfer Credit Policy: www.pmc.edu/academic-policies1
Specific information about our required and recommended readings can be found on our PMC Textbook Site. TestbookX provides our students with the lowest prices for their books.
For more information please visit our Textbook website: http://pmc.textbookx.com/institutional/index.php
Information on Pine Manor College’s Academic Withdrawal Policies are detailed:
For details on the Withdrawal Refund Policy: www.pmc.edu/refund-policy1
2. Pine Manor College Policies
Pine Manor College is committed to the principles of Affirmative Action/ Equal Opportunity for Employers. The College does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of race, color, sex , sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, genetic information or any other protected status. Pine Manor College is dedicated to providing an environment that is free of discrimination and all forms of harassment or coercion that impedes the academic freedom, security or well-being of any member of the community.
For more information please visit our webpage: www.pmc.edu/fast-facts1
FERPA (Privacy and Disclosure of Student Education Records)
Privacy and Disclosure of Student Educational Records: The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (frequently referred to as the Buckley Amendment) is a federal law that requires the College to maintain the confidentiality of student educational records and is intended to be a safeguard against unauthorized release of information contained in student education records. This act applies to all enrolled students, former students and alumnae. It does not apply to students seeking admission. We encourage you to review our Confidentiality of Student Records webpage for more information. www.pmc.edu/ferpa
Please see our Copyright Infringement Policy: www.pmc.edu/copyright-infringement-policy
Massachusetts State Law requires all new students to submit documentation of immunity to certain infectious diseases. For more information please visit our Health and Wellness webpage
3. Student Outcomes
Graduation Retention Rates
- Our most current First timeFull time retention rate is 70% and our most recent 6-year graduation rate is 36%.
For more information: www.pmc.edu/enrollment
- 100% of our first-year students participate in a service learning opportunity within their first year seminar.
- 100% of our seniors complete AT LEAST one internship opportunity of at least 16 hours/week over one semester.
- 88% of Spring 2017 senior interns were rated above average or excellent by their internship site supervisors.
- 87% of Spring 2017 senior interns were rated equal to or better than other interns supervised at the same site in the past.
- 95% of Spring 2017 site supervisors would hire their PMC intern if they had an available entry level job.
- 92% of Spring 2017 internship site supervisors rated their PMC intern (Biology, Psychology, and SPS majors) as competent or accomplished in his/her academic program related outcome
- Spring 2017 senior interns were evaluated as being above average or excellent in each of the college competencies below at the following percentages:
- Critical Thinking = 90% of interns rated above average or excellent
- Collaboration = 92% of interns rated above average or excellent
- Verbal communication = 92% of interns rated above average or excellent
- Written communication = 90% of interns rated above average or excellent
- Citizenship/multicultural awareness = 91% of interns rated above average or excellent
Employment for Graduates
Employment Demographics for Class of 2017 (within 6 months of graduation)
|Employed in a major or non-major related job||85%|
|Enrolled In a Graduate Program||15%|
|Unemployed at this time||0%|
4. Campus Life
Athletic Program Participation and Financial Support
Pine Manor College has varsity teams in soccer, cross country, volleyball in the fall and basketball in the winter and softball in the spring. PMC’s varsity sports are designed to promote leadership, teamwork, individual potential, socio-cultural and competitive values. The Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act (EADA) requires disclosure of athletic program participation rates and financial support data, demonstrating the school’s commitment to providing equitable athletic opportunities for male and female students.
PMC’s most recent EADA report may be found at the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education website: http://ope.ed.gov/athletics/index.aspx
Campus Safety and Security
In the compliance with the Federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security and Campus Statistics Act of 1998 (formerly the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990), the PMC Annual Campus Crime Report is available as a PDF for you to download. You may also request a paper copy from the Campus Safety Department.
To view PMC’s Annual Crime Report please visit the link below: https://www.pmc.edu/crime-reports
Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention
Pine Manor College is committed to creating and maintaining a campus environment that is free of illicit drug use and where all laws relating to alcohol are observed. In compliance with the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 and other relevant state and federal laws, the College has developed a Drug and Alcohol Awareness Policy and Program.
For more information, please see our Drug and Awareness Policy Program on (p. 24-29) of the Student Handbook.
Pine Manor College recognizes the importance of a safe campus. We provide a wide range of assistance that ensures the compliance with the policies and regulations of the College and bylaws of the Town of Brookline. Campus Safety provides a regular security activity report and security alerts to members of the PMC community to increase awareness of potential hazards on and off campus.
More information can be found on our Campus Safety website: www.pmc.edu/campus-safety
In compliance with Massachusetts state law, Chapter 475 of the Acts of 1993, effective April 1995, affidavits of voter registration for registrants who reside in any city or town of the Commonwealth are available in the Office of the Registrar and at all locations where students may register for classes.
Health and Wellness
Our Health and Wellness Center provides resources for students to engage in healthy behaviors that have a positive impact on the student’s overall well-being. Our qualified staff and Counselor Manager ensure the quality of service in our Health and Wellness Center.
For more information please visit our Health and Wellness website:
Pine Manor College and Massachusetts Law strictly prohibit hazing. Pine Manor College Policy defines hazing as “any activity expected of someone joining a group that humiliates, degrades, abuses or endangers regardless of the person’s willingness to participate.
Students and organizations found in violation of our hazing policy will be subject to disciplinary action.
Please review our Student Handbook, (p. 31-32) for more information on our Hazing Policy and procedures.
Pine Manor College enforces the Town of Brookline fire codes. Our student handbook provides information in regards to our rules and regulations.
Please visit our student handbook on (p. 28-29), for more information.
5. Costs and Financial Aid
Price of Attendance
Information on the estimated total, including tuition, fees, room and board, books and supplies, and personal expenses, can be found at:www.pmc.edu/tuition
Pine Manor College publishes its policies for any students officially withdrawing from its Undergraduate programs. The federal government mandates that students who withdraw from all classes may only keep the Title IV (federal) grant and loan assistance they have earned up to the time of withdrawal.
View the policies: www.pmc.edu/refund-policy1
Overview of Financial Aid
A helpful resource about Pine Manor College’s financial aid information can be found at the Financial Aid FAQ page: www.pmc.edu/financial-aid-faq
How to Apply for Aid and Aid Eligibility
Students apply for financial aid from Pine Manor College by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov using the FAFSA School Code for Pine Manor College -002201. If the student has financial need, PMC may award a combination of need based grants and federal loans. The priority deadline to apply is April 15.
To be eligible for federal financial aid, students must be:
- Be a United States citizen or eligible non-citizen
- Be registered with the Selective Service if required by law
- Be admitted and enrolled in a program leading to a degree
- Be making satisfactory academic progress
- Not be in default on a federal educational loan and not owe a refund on a federal grant
- Be qualified to receive federal financial aid if you were ever convicted of possessing or selling illegal drugs while receiving financial aid
For more information about applying for financial aid at PMC:
How Aid is Awarded
Pine Manor College awards federal grants and loans based on financial need as determined by the FAFSA. Scholarships and grants are awarded based both on merit and financial need. Pine Manor College uses the ‘”Federal Methodology” when evaluating students and families financial aid eligibility. Potential aid recipients are instructed to complete the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA).
Each academic year a student’s Cost of Attendance (COA) is calculated. A student’s COA consistent of:
1. Tuition Fees (charged by the institution)
2. Room Board (charged by the institution)
3. Allowances for Educational Expenses (Books, Transportation, Personal, and Fees)
“Financial Need” – is then calculated using the following formula:
Cost of Attendance
– Expected Family Contribution (determined by the FAFSA)
= Financial Need
For more detail: www.pmc.edu/scholarships-and-grants
How Aid is Disbursed
The Financial Aid Office awards aid and authorizes payment to students, the Bursars office actually disburses and the funds to the students account. Federal and State financial aid will not be disbursed to students until the student attends class. Therefore, the timing of the disbursement of grants and loans may be delayed until the student begins coursework and attendance is verified.
Pine Manor College delays the disbursement of Direct Stafford loan funds until 30 calendar days after the student’s program of study begins if the student is in the first year of an undergraduate program and is a first-time Federal Direct Loan borrower at the college.
The Financial Aid Office confirms that the student is enrolled at least half time and has not withdrawn from classes prior to disbursement. If a student ceases to meet minimum eligibility requirements to receive State and Title IV funds the program funds are then cancelled and not disbursed to the students account.
Terms of Student Loans
Pine Manor College undergraduate and graduate students and their families may find information regarding available educational loan programs, along with terms and conditions at the PMC Loan Center webpage: www.pmc.edu/pmc-loan-center
Code of Conduct for Student Loans
To view PMC’s code of conduct regarding private lending and student choice:
Terms of Student Employment
Student employment includes a wide variety of opportunities within various departments of the College, along with approved off-campus employment.
Students are required to find employment on their own and be paid based on hours worked and an hourly wage. Student employment and Federal Work-Study is not deducted from the bill.
For more information about Federal Work Study employment opportunities please contact the Financial Aid Office at (617) 731-7628.
Financial Aid for Study Abroad
Students interested in a study abroad program should contact Professor William Vogele, Ph.D at firstname.lastname@example.org or Ieshia Karasik at email@example.com to assist with any questions about the process or potential locations.
Depending on the cost of the Study Abroad program, financial aid received may or may not cover all of the costs. It is vital to stop by the Financial Aid Office, in order to make sure all of the proper forms/agreement are completed.
The College Scholarship Fraud Prevention Act of 2000 was passed to protect against fraud in student financial aid by establishing stricter sentencing guidelines for criminal financial aid fraud.
According to the Federal Trade Commission, perpetrators of financial aid fraud often use the following lines to sell their scholarship services; students should avoid any scholarship service or website that says the following:
“We’ll do all the work.”
“This scholarship is guaranteed or your money back.”
“You can’t get this information anywhere else.”
“This scholarship will cost some money.”
“I just need your credit card or bank account number to hold this scholarship.”
“You’ve been selected by a ‘national foundation’ to receive a scholarship”
“You’re a finalist” in a contest you never entered.
The U.S. Department of Education notes that there is no need to any student to pay for college preparation or financial aid advice. High school counselors, college financial aid administrators and the Federal Student Aid Information Center all provide help for free. Visit www.federalstudentaid.ed.gov/LSA for lists of fraud warning signs and free sources of aid information.
If you believe you’ve been the victim of scholarship fraud, wish to file a complaint, or want more information, call 1 (877) FTC-HELP or visit the Federal Trade Commission scholarship scams page.
Information published by the U.S. Department of Education:
National Student Loan Data System :
Student Complaint Process:
Pine Manor College strives to resolve student concerns and complaints in an expeditious, fair, and professional manner. If there is a problem that you have encountered, we encourage you to first attempt to resolve the matter diplomatically through discussion with the department head, the Dean of the College or the President. If this is not feasible or if, after discussion, the matter cannot be resolved, please click on the complaint link below, or download a copy of the form
to complete and return via mail or fax. If you have any questions regarding completing a form or on the status of a submitted complaint/inquiry, please contact the Department of Higher Education’s legal office at (617) 994-6963.
6. Rights and Responsibilities of Aid Recipients
Satisfactory Academic Progress
For detailed information on the Pine Manor College’s Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy for students receiving student financial assistance.
For additional information please visit our website at
Entrance and Exit Loan Counseling
Each student receiving a loan from the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program at PMC must complete Entrance Counseling. This requirement also applies to students who have previously borrowed at another institution. Loans funds cannot be released until this requirement has been met.
When students graduate, withdraw or drop below half-time enrollment from the College they must also complete Exit Counseling at:https://studentloans.gov
All Direct Loans (Stafford, PLUS and GradPLUS) require repayment. These loans may be deferred until graduation, withdrawal or enrollment drops below half-time. Depending on the amount borrowed, students may have up to 10 years to repay loan funds.
Students who borrowed student loans and are unable to meet their repayment obligations may be eligible for a deferment or forbearance, allowing them more time to repay the loan and/or lower monthly payments. Borrowers should consult their loan servicer.
For additional PMC Loan Information: https://www.pmc.edu/pmc-loan-center