Colleges and universities that participate in Title IV federal student aid programs are required to report and disclose specific consumer information as directed by the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, the Higher Education Opportunity Act (2008), the Student Right to Know Act, and other consumer protective legislation.
In the interest of full compliance with these requirements, Compass College of Film and Media provides the following information to ensure that current and prospective students, current and prospective employees, and the general public have access to important campus information.
Anyone who has questions or concerns about the information provided here or who would like an electronic or paper copy of posted materials can contact Compass College at (616) 988-1000.
Compass College of Film and Media offers a highly competitive tuition model and the opportunity for federal aid. To better understand the tuition and fee breakdown for our programs, please view the chart found here.
Information regarding textbooks required for a class can be found by logging into your Populi account and then finding the Populi course page. The list of required textbooks, which will include the title, edition, author, ISBN, and retail price of the book, can be found under the Reading List/Required Books heading on the right side of the course page.
The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA) requires institutions of higher education to establish and follow a Code of Conduct with respect to student loans that prohibits conflicts of interest for any financial aid professional [HEOA § 487(a)(25)]. Compass College of Film and Media is an eligible institution under the Federal Direct Student Loan Program.
In accordance with this requirement, the Financial Aid Office at CCFM has developed and enacted the following conflict of interest policy and code of conduct:
CCFM, its employees, and Board of Director members, abide by the following Code of Conduct:
A ban is in place on revenue-sharing arrangements with any lender. This is defined as any arrangement between a school and a lender that results in the lender paying a fee or other benefits, including a share of the profits, to the school, its officer, employees or agents, as a result of the school recommending the lender to its students or families of those students.
A ban is in place on receiving gifts from a lender, guaranty agency or loan servicer. No officer, employee, or agent, or any of their family members, shall solicit or accept any gift from a lender, guarantor, or servicer of education loans. For purposes of this prohibition, the term “gift” means any gratuity, favor, discount, entertainment, hospitality, loan, or other item having a monetary value of more than a minimum amount.
A ban is in place on contracting arrangements whereby any employee of the school’s financial aid office may not accept any fee, payment or financial benefit as compensation for any type of consulting arrangement or contract to provide services to or on behalf of a lender relating to education loans.
A prohibition is held against steering borrowers to particular lenders or delaying loan certifications. This includes assigning any first-time borrower’s loan to a particular lender as part of their award packaging or other methods.
A prohibition is held on offers of funds for private loans. Schools may not request or accept such offers. This includes any offer of funds for loans to students at the institution, including funds for an opportunity pool loan, in exchange for providing concessions or promises to the lender for a specific number of loans, or inclusion on a preferred lender list. An “opportunity pool loan” is defined as a private education loan made by a lender to a student that involves a payment by the institution to the lender for extending credit to the student.
A ban is in place on staffing assistance from a lender. Schools may not request or accept any assistance with call center staffing or financial aid office staffing.
A ban is in place on advisory board compensation. Employees of the institution may not receive anything of value from a lender, guarantor, or group in exchange for serving in this capacity. They may, however, accept reimbursement for reasonable expenses incurred while serving in this capacity.
The Compass College Financial Aid Office is committed to providing comprehensive assistance to those who wish to pursue postsecondary learning and will make every effort to assist students in their college fiscal planning. Compass College does not require the use of particular private loan lenders or in any way limit the choice of lenders. Furthermore, Compass College will process loan applications through any lender a student or parent chooses.
Compass College of Film and Media
Title IX Non-Discrimination Policy
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, Compass College has adopted a
Title IX Non-Discrimination Policy.
Compass College of Film and Media is committed to equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, genetic information, age, veteran status, height, weight or disability.
As set forth in its policy, Compass College of Film and Media:
Compass College is committed to preventing discrimination prohibited under Title IX and to providing a prompt, fair, and impartial process to address complaints of alleged discrimination based on sex. Inquiries about Compass’ policy or the application of Title IX may be referred to Compass’ Title IX Coordinator, the Assistant Secretary of the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, or both.
Compass College of Film and Media
Title IX Coordinator: Ken Boersma, Director of Student Affairs
Address: 41 Sheldon Ave. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
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
In compliance with the requirements of the Title IX regulations released by the Department of Education on May 6, 2020, Compass College is providing the training materials the college is utilizing to train the Title IX Coordinator, investigator(s), and hearing officer/decision makers.
The training includes the following:
Title IX Training Part 1 – Title IX Coordinator, Personnel, and Record Keeping
Title IX Training Part 2 – Definition of Sexual Harassment and Responding to Report or Complaint
Title IX Training Part 3 – Investigation, Hearing and Appeal
Title IX Training Part 4 – Investigator Training
Title IX Training Part 5 – Decision-Maker Training
CCFM supports the American with Disabilities Act and wishes to offer all students the assistance they need to be successful. The college will make reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities in compliance with section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. The purpose of accommodations is to provide equal access to educational opportunities to students with disabilities, and the school does not intend that academic standards be altered, or that essential elements of programs or courses be changed. Accommodations are granted on the basis of determined needs and documentation of disabilities.
Further details regarding this policy and how the college will work with students to document a disability and develop reasonable and appropriate accommodations can be found in the CCFM College Catalog.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 helps protect the privacy of student records. It provides for the right of students to inspect and review information contained in their educational records, request an amendment to those records, and to limit disclosure of information from the records.
A complete description of the student’s FERPA rights and protections can be found in the college’s Student Handbook.
The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1990 is a federal statute requiring colleges and universities participating in federal financial aid programs to maintain and disclose campus crime statistics and security information. Compass College of Film & Media therefore produces and distributes an Annual Security Report to all enrolled students and current employees each year by October 1. Upon request, the college will provide its annual security report to any prospective student or prospective employee. An electronic or paper copy of this report is available by calling (616) 988-1000.
Compass College of Film & Media crime statistics, as reported to the U.S. Department of Education: Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis office can be viewed here.
The Federal Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act of 2000 requires institutions of higher education to issue a statement advising the campus community where law enforcement agency information provided by a State concerning registered sex offenders may be obtained.
It also requires sex offenders already required to register in a State to provide notice, as required under State law, of each institution of higher education in that State at which the person is employed, carries on a vocation, volunteers services or is a student.
CCFM is a non-profit college granting a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Cinematic and Media Arts and an Associates of Applied Science Degree in Film and Media Production. Information regarding CCFM’s national accrediting organization and state licensing agency, authorizing CCFM to operate a non-profit institution of higher education, can be found here.
CCFM recognizes that, from time to time, differences may occur between students and instructors or other staff members and encourages students to first attempt to resolve the situation informally with staff.
Further details regarding how students can seek resolution if their first attempt is not successful can be found in the CCFM College Catalog.
Student Complaint and Grievance Procedure
Schools accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) must have a procedure and operational plan for handling student complaints. If a student does not feel that the college has adequately addressed a complaint or concern, the student may consider contacting the Accrediting Commission. All complaints reviewed by the Commission must be in written form and should grant permission for the Commission to forward a copy of the complaint to the school for a response. This can be accomplished by filing the ACCSC Complaint Form. The complainant will be informed as to the status of the complaint, as well as the final resolution by the Commission.
Please direct all inquiries to:
Accrediting Commission of Career Schools & Colleges
2101 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 302
Arlington, VA 22201
A copy of the ACCSC Complaint Form is available at the school and may be obtained by contacting the Director of the Center for Excellence or online at www.accsc.org.
Student complaints can also be addressed to the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, which has authorized CCFM to operate a non-profit institution of higher education in the state of Michigan. Complaints should be directed to:
State of Michigan
Dept. of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
Corporations, Securities & Commercial Licensing
Schools and Licensing
PO Box 30018
Lansing, MI 48909
(517) 241-7000 – phone
(517) 373-2162 – fax
For DISTANCE EDUCATION Students
Distance Education Student complaints can also be addressed to NC-SARA. The National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) is a nonprofit organization that helps expand students’ access to educational opportunities and ensure more efficient, consistent, and effective regulation of distance education programs.
NC-SARA has a directory to locate the right State Portal Entity for Compass College of Film and Media. Click on this LINK, and when it opens up, the SPE contact will be on the right side of the page.
Congress, in its 1998 reauthorization of the Higher Education Act required colleges and universities to make a good faith effort to distribute voter registration forms to students enrolled in a degree or certificate program and physically in attendance at the institution in years when there are elections for federal office or for the state’s governor.
Compass students may register to vote using a college address, or a hometown or parent’s address. If you register at your hometown address and want to vote while attending college, you must remember to request an absentee ballot before the election. Check with your state’s election board for the exact deadline.
Students may also visit the Center for Excellence office to obtain a printed version of State of Michigan Voter Registration Application.
Annual and Hourly Rate Statistics for Jobs in the Film Industry 2022
This is a list of job categories from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics ordered from highest to lowest Mean Annual Wage. The below categories are ones that either directly reference or are peripheral to classes that we offer at Compass. It shows the mean hourly wage and what is likely to be an entry level salary within that position. Some of these jobs do not have “entry level” positions so it is more an indication of an early career salary range for those positions.
All of the below selected categories
Mean Hourly Wage: $33.75
Mean Annual Wage: $70,115
Entry Level Hourly Rate Range: $14.59 – $21.05
Producers and Directors
Mean Hourly Wage: $49.01
Mean Annual Wage: $101, 950
Entry Level Hourly Rate Range: $18.37 - $24.45
Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes272012.htm
Special Effects Artists and Animators
Mean Hourly Wage: $41.45
Mean Annual Wage: $86,220
Entry Level Hourly Rate Range: $22.12 - $29.47
Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes271014.htm
Writers and Authors
Mean Hourly Wage: $39.00
Mean Annual Wage $81,120
Entry Level Hourly Rate Range: $18.51 - $23.74
Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes273043.htm
Film and Video Editors
Mean Hourly Wage: $36.54
Mean Annual Wage: $76,000
Entry Level Hourly Rate Range: $17.82 - $22.76
Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes274032.htm
Media and Communication Equipment Workers, All Other
Mean Hourly Wage: $33.31
Mean Annual Wage: $69,290
Entry Level Hourly Rate Range: $14.00 - $22.09
Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes274099.htm
Sound Engineering Technicians
Mean Hourly Wage: $32.38
Mean Annual Wage: $67,360
Entry Level Hourly Rate Range: $14.00 - $20.24
Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes274014.htm
Set and Exhibit Designers
Mean Hourly Wage: $30.27
Mean Annual Wage: $62,960
Entry Level Hourly Rate Range: $14.81 - $18.84
Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes271027.htm
Camera Operators, Television, Video and Film
Mean Hourly Wage: $29.69
Mean Annual Wage: $61,740
Entry Level Hourly Rate Range: $14.50 - $18.48
Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes274031.htm
Media and Communication Workers, All Other
Mean Hourly Wage: $28.56
Mean Annual Wage: $59,400
Entry Level Hourly Rage Range: $13.98 - $18.54
Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes273099.htm
Mean Hourly Wage: $27.89
Mean Annual Wage: $57,020
Entry Level Hourly Rate Range: $14.54 - $18.50
Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes274015.htm
Mean Hourly Wage: $23.18
Mean Annual Wage: $48,210
Entry Level Hourly Rate Range: $11.80 - $14.47
Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes274021.htm
Prepared by Phil Worfel
Career Services Specialist
October 4, 2022