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Office of the Bursar

 

Sustainable Agriculture Institute Promotes Sustainable Education through Permaculture Design

Sustainable Agriculture Institute

Sustainable Agriculture Institute's Office of the Bursar for Tuition and Aid

Responsibilities of the Office of the Bursar

 

The Office of the Bursar is responsible for the billing of student tuition accounts. This responsibility involves sending bills and making payment plans; the ultimate goal is to bring all student accounts to a “paid off” status.

 

1- Tuition

At the Sustainable Agriculture Institute, we strive to offer the Most Inexpensive and Competitive Tuition Rates. Learn more about our Vision, Mission, and Goals.

 

2- Billing

Billing is automatized through our Learning Management Systems payment gateway, allowing for ease of management and traceability of all financial transactions, facilitating the students’ enrollment in courses and higher studies programs, as per guidance laid out in  ISO 21001:2018(en) – Educational organizations — Management systems for educational organizations. Learn More about how the Institute Manages our Educational Organization Systems Here.

 

3- Payments

All payments, or financial transactions, are facilitated utilizing the PayPal payment gateway allowing students from all around the world to engage in sustainable studies at the most affordable price.

 

4 – Collection

Payments for the programs are as follow:

  • Stand-Alone Courses: full payment, with a 100% guarantee on the quality of services delivered, no questions asked.
  • Diploma: full payment or payment plan, with a 100% guarantee on the quality of services delivered, no questions asked.
  • Degrees: full payment or payment plan, with a 100% guarantee on the quality of services delivered, no questions asked.

Once the collection has been verified, and the course has been completed, the Office of the Bursar will notify the Office of the Register to issue certificates and/or higher studies degrees.

 

5 – Refunds

The Sustainable Agriculture Institute offers a full 100% money-back guarantee on quality of services delivered all of our courses. If you are not fully satisfied with the product or service received we will refund you.

Please follow the link to the Courses and Programs Refund Page.

If you have any questions, please contact us here:

Financial Aid Request (Grant Awards)

Sustainable Development Foundaiton and the Sustainable Agriculture Institute Grant Program for Online Permaculture Education

 

Thanks to the Sustainable Development Foundation (SDF) , one does no longer needs to worry about burdening oneself with student loans in order to receive a great education in Sustainability.

Endowed by the Wickboldt Family, The Sustainable Development Foundation means to assure the future of Sustainable Education – through the award of Grants for Sustainable Education.

SAI and the SDF are working to help make Education “Affordable for All”, thus making Education ” Accessible by All”!

 

Sustainable Development Foundation and the Sustainable Agriculture Institute Developing People, Prosperity, Peace Partnership and the Plant

The Sustainable Development Foundation’s Agenda

 

People: End Poverty and Hunger in all forms, and Ensure Dignity and Equality.

Prosperity: Ensure Prosperous and Fulfilling Lives in Harmony with Nature.

Peace: Foster Peaceful, Just, and Inclusive Societies.

Partnership: Implement the Agenda through a Solid Global Partnership.

Plant: Protect Our Planet’s Natural Resources and Climate for Future Generations.

The Sustainable Development Foundation’s Student Grants

Sustainable Development Foundation and the Sustainable Agriculture Institute Grant Program providing funding to Online Permaculture Education

The cost of getting a Top-Notch Education is becoming a setback to most of the middle to lower-income classes. Those are exactly the people that represent the future of Sustainability.

The Sustainable Development Foundation and the Sustainable Agriculture Institute both believe that the cost of an education should be tied more to the cost of the provision of such education, and not to the cost of fancy facilities.

One of the founders of S.A.I. has expressed his feelings, and that of the Institution, in a Manifesto entitled “The Future of Online Education“.

The Manifesto explores the realities of education, comparing the differences between online education and one in a brick and mortar physical education.

While it will take the rich and upper classes a while to come around to the realization that access to a good education is no longer tied to the ability to pay large sums of money, SAI is working to bring online access to the information of Sustainability to a wider audience and at affordable rates.

One no longer needs to worry about burdening oneself with student loans in order to receive a great education in Sustainability.

The Sustainable Development Foundation has been endowed by the Wickboldt Family to help assure the future of Sustainable Education through the award of grants. 

Right Livelihood Grants – 10% Reduction of Course or Program Costs

  • Service Profession Grants: These grants are offered to people working in a service profession supporting community development, such as NGO professions, agricultural professions, education, nursing, fire department, police department, public sanitation, military or national guard. Proof of active employment is needed to apply. In the case of ended military service, proof of honorable discharge is needed.
  • Special submissions: If you feel that your livelihood is worthy of a Right Livelihood Grant, please send a submission and it will be reviewed by the Office of the Chancellor.

Higher Needs Grants – 10% Reduction of Course or Program Costs

  • Developing Countries Financial Aid Grants: These grants are awarded to people residing in countries with lower Human Development Index. We support grants for people coming from the least favored 149 countries of the developing world. You can inquire about your country’s Human Development Index. Citizens of the first 40 most developed countries are NOT eligible for those grants.
  • Disability Grants: These grants are based on the needs of certain individuals with limiting conditions. This type of aid is a key part of the Sustainable Agriculture Institutes Educational Vision and Mission. Valid proof of Disability required for acceptance.
  • Senior Citizen Grants: These grants are available to senior citizens aged 60 years old or more. Proof of age is needed (passport or national ID card).

To apply for the Sustainable Development Foundation’s Grants, you will need to provide:

  • Complete – the Grant Application Form
  • Submit – One of the required supporting documents listed below corresponding to the grant you wish to apply for

Required Documents

  • Service Profession Grants: Proof of active employment. In the case of ended military service, proof of honorable discharge is needed.
  • Developing Countries Financial Aid Grants: A copy of the first page of your passport.
  • Disability Grants: Official Proof of Disability.
  • Senior Citizen Grants: Proof of age – passport or national ID card.
  • Special Submissions: Any official documentation that you feel could support your claim for a Sustainable Development Foundation’s Grant.

 

Once you have prepared the necessary documentation to support your grant application, fill the form in the following link to have your Application for Financial Aid review by SAI.

 

Sustainable Development Grant Application Form

Privacy and Safeguarding Policies of the Office of the Bursar

 

For purposes of administering the Institute must ensure that the Privacy of our Students Financial Records and Transactions is secure, confidential, and protected from unauthorized access and threats.

The following safeguarding policies and practices are administered at the Sustainable Agriculture Institute (SAI):

 

    1. SAI has established the Bursar’s Office as the administrative office responsible for ensuring that compliance to Privacy and Confidentiality as pertaining to financial records and transactions is followed by students, faculty, administrative, and entities affiliated with the Institute.
    2. SAI discloses information only as necessary to perform specific functions and responsibilities required to meet its academic and business mission. SAI will not be provided to individuals or organizations where such information is not required to achieve its contracted objective.
    3. SAI contracts with service providers who are capable of maintaining and safeguarding customer information as required by the Institute ISO Policies and Procedures.
    4. SAI utilizes appropriate safeguards to protect Personal Information such as but not limited to: network firewall, data encryption, user, password, and pin number protection, data back-up, and redundancy to prevent unauthorized use/theft or compromising of customer non-public personal information.
    5. Faculty, administrators, and staff with access to SAI computers containing Personal Financial Information are trained in policies and procedures to maintain strict confidentiality of customers. Questions regarding appropriate disclosure of Personal Financial Information will be directed to University Bursar.
    6. SAI publishes a clear and conspicuous safeguard policy electronically and policy is available for public review.
    7. SAI administers an information risk assessment program to evaluate the current effectiveness of safeguarding controls and procedures. Examples of areas that have significant non-public personal information are Human Resources, Information Technology, Admissions, Registrar, Bursar’s Office, Financial Aid, Public Safety, Student Services, and Institute Relations.

    Securing Information Employee Management and Training Procedures

    Shall include:

    Check references prior to hiring employees who will have access to customer information.
    Require employees to sign an agreement to follow SAI’s confidentiality and security standards for handling customer information.
    Employees are trained to take basic steps to maintain security, confidentiality, and integrity of customer information, such as:
    • locking rooms and cabinets containing paper records
    • properly shred documents with sensitive information
    • using password activated screen savers
    • using strong passwords
    • routinely require password prompted changes
    • encryption of sensitive customer information when it is transmitted electronically over networks or stored online
    • referring calls or other requests for customer information to designated individuals who have had safeguards training, and recognizing fraudulent attempts to obtain customer information, and reporting to appropriate law enforcement agencies
    • limits access to customer information to employees who have a business reason for seeing it.
    • consumers are cautioned against transmission of sensitive data via email
    • advise customers to utilize password protection in transmitting sensitive information.

    Information Systems

    Security is maintained throughout the life cycle of customer information from data entry to data disposal as follows:
    • Electronic information is stored in securely locked computer centers, protected against destruction and damage from potential physical hazards.
    • Electronic customer information is maintained on a physically secure dedicated server accessible by password.
    • Sensitive information is not stored on a machine with a non-secure internet connection.
    • Data is secured on backup media and archived for disaster recovery.
    • E-Commerce and other credit card data are collected utilizing servers that employ top-level SSL encryption software.
    • Customer information is disposed of in a secure manner; outdated information residing on hardware no longer in use is completely destroyed.

    Managing System Failures

    The following procedures are endorsed to prevent, detect, and respond to attacks, intrusions, or other system failures:
    • IT maintains a written contingency plan to address any breaches of physical, administrative, or technical safeguards.
    • Routinely applies vendor software patches that resolve vulnerabilities, and maintain automatic anti-virus software updates.
    • IT maintains up-to-date firewalls and provides central management of security tools for IT employees.
    • Routinely backs up all non-personal customer information.
    • Notifies customers promptly if their non-public personal information is subject to loss damage or unauthorized access.

    If you have any questions you can always contact the Office of the Bursar Directly.