CPA Exam Review Catalog

Becker CPA Exam Review Policies

Administrative office address:

Becker Professional Education
3005 Highland Parkway
Downers Grove, IL 60515
+1 (800) 868-3900

Vision

Empowering people around the world to advance their careers through a lifelong partnership of superior professional education.

Our Commitment to Lifelong Learning

For 60 years, Becker Professional Education has been helping professionals advance their careers in Accounting, Project Management and Healthcare. Our product and service offerings include: CPA Exam Review, ACCA® Exam preparation, PMP® Exam Review, USMLE® Exam Review and Continuing Professional Education courses. Becker Professional Education is part of Adtalem Global Education.

CPE Credit Policy

Becker Professional Education is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.learningmarket.org.

The four-parts of Becker's CPA Exam Review course are an overview to help individuals prepare for the state-administered CPA Examination. Students receive CPE credit for attending group live classes only; make-up work will not be accepted. No advanced preparation is required. Please refer to entrance requirements for additional information. CPE certificate will be issued to students with 100% attendance.

Eligibility to Sit for the CPA Exam

It is the CPA Exam candidate’s responsibility to determine whether the state mandated requirements to earn a CPA credential have been met. These requirements may vary by state and include, but are not limited to, educational course hour minimums, residency, work experience requirements, etc. Learn more about your state exam sitting requirements.

 

License Agreement

These goods and services for preparation for the CPA Exam, in connection with Becker Professional Education, are not for sale and are not being sold to you. You may only acquire a license to use such materials. This license and your course materials will expire at the end of 18 months from the date of first login or 24 months from the date of purchase, whichever occurs first. The terms and conditions of this license can be found in the materials that will be sent to you.

Any and all notes and lectures given to and any notes taken by an applicant in Becker’s CPA Exam Review are to be used by the applicant and no one else. The teaching methods and methodologies contained in the materials supplied are confidential and proprietary to Becker Professional Education and are not to be transferred or divulged to any other person by resale of the materials or otherwise. For license extension policies, see Course Policies.

Study Formats

Becker Professional Education offers students a choice of three study formats: Live, LiveOnline and Self-Study. Tuition includes lectures, textbooks and course software.

Calendar, Schedules and Instructors

Becker Professional Education posts class schedules to becker.com. Visit the website frequently because schedules may change.

Live Format Classroom Facilities

To enhance live instruction, the course is delivered via instructor-led, multimedia presentation using high-density projectors and computers. Students are provided with all necessary materials including textbooks and software. All instruction is provided in English.

Entrance Requirements

Students may enroll in courses at any time and there are no prerequisites. The word “student” shall be construed to mean the student himself, if the student is the party to the contract, or another person, if the other person is the party to the contract on behalf of the student.

Previous Credit

Becker does not grant credit for previous education, training, or experience. The training period may be shortened by the student selecting any one or a combination of the four-parts offered.

Academic Progress

The purpose of Becker’s CPA Exam Review is to prepare students for the CPA Exam. Therefore, Becker does not issue grades, track academic progress nor award degrees or diplomas at course completion. Refer to the section titled “CPE Credit Policy,” for information about continuing professional education credit for CPAs.

Becker Professional Education (BPE) Attendance Policy

CPA Exam Review Courses

Attendance is defined as a student physically attending a live classroom on the enrolled/registered dates and times.   BPE tracks attendance through attendance rosters at live classes for students who selected and enrolled in this format.  

The purpose of BPE’s various review courses is to prepare students for their specific exams. Becker Professional Education does not issue grades, degrees, licenses or diplomas at course completion.  Student’s may request a live course completion certificate by calling Becker’s customer service at 800-868-3900.  Attendance records will be checked and students must have attended 80% of the live course(s) in order to receive a completion certificate.  

All students are required to sign in for class.  Students who are tardy of lateness exceeding 15 minutes will be noted on the attendance sheet by the instructor.  Any student leaving early will note their early departure time on the attendance sheet and the instructor will confirm.  If students exceed 3 tardy or early departures, students will not be issued a course completion certificate upon request.

Attendance Policy for International Students and Graduates on a Becker Issued Form I-20:

A full course of study is defined as enrollment in a CPA Exam Review Course with attendance to all required sessions with at least eighteen clock hours of attendance a week if the dominant part of the course of study consists of classroom instruction, or to consist of at least twenty-two clock hours a week if the dominant part of the course of study consists of laboratory work. All students are required to sign in and out of class.  F-1 international students who are tardy, take longer breaks than the allotted time or depart class early, will be tracked accordingly by the Becker Center Representative. Failure to study the required hours per week will constitute:

  • Termination of F-1 status in SEVIS for student and dependents
  • Unlawful presence in the United States for student and dependents
  • Ineligibility to continue studies with Becker
  • Possible immediate departure from the United States for student and dependents

Students will be contacted by phone and/or email if they have fallen below the required weekly study hours. If the failure to study the required hours was due to events outside of the student’s control and his or her F-1 status was terminated, he or she may have the option to request a reinstatement.  This option should be discussed in detail with the student’s Designated School Official at the student’s location.”

Make-up Classes

Live Format and Cohort Program Students: In the event you miss a class, you may view the pre-recorded lectures that are provided to you with your course material. Make-up work is not accepted as CPE credit. See CPE Credit Policy.

Repeat Policy

The Becker Promise

Our Promise? To provide students with the utmost opportunity to pass the CPA Exam by using Becker's comprehensive materials and time tested learning approach. Students who utilize Becker but do not pass the CPA Exam may repeat the review course at no additional tuition cost if students satisfy Becker's requirements, paying only a material license fee ($195 per part, including applicable taxes).

To be eligible for the Becker Promise, students must:

  • 2017 Course: View 100% of the Skills Practice, and correctly complete 90% of all multiple-choice questions and simulations for each section.
  • 2016 Course: Attend or view 100% of lectures and complete all multiple-choice homework with 90% accuracy.

LIVE and LIVEONLINE FORMAT students meeting the criteria must print out their performance summary report from the course software and submit it to Becker within 45 days following the completion of the last scheduled class of each individual section.

SELF-STUDY FORMAT students meeting the criteria must print out their performance summary report from the course software and submit it to Becker before the expiration of the course license.

FASTPASS® and ATLANTA INTENSIVE students meeting the criteria must print out their performance summary report from the course software and submit it to Becker within 45 days following the completion of the last scheduled class of the last scheduled section.

SKILLMASTER WORKSHOPS:  A full refund will be issued to students who withdraw at least 10 business days before the scheduled workshop.  Thereafter, no refund will be issued.

COHORT PROGRAM students eligible for the Becker Promise tuition waiver will be submitted by Cohort instructors to the Becker administrative group shortly after the course deadline.

KELLER students please refer to your syllabus for your course/grade requirements and attendance requirements. Becker Promise certificates are only issued to Keller students who earn a Satisfactory in the course.

ALL FORMATS: Students who meet Becker Promise requirements may repeat the course without tuition charge, via any format that is offered by Becker at the time the student redeems the tuition waiver and begins the course. However, students must pay a material and license fee ($195 per part) for each section taken. The material license fees for the Becker Promise tuition waiver are non-refundable. This tuition waiver expires 365 days after the day that positive correspondence of earned Becker Promise status is e-mailed to the student. If students do not qualify for Becker Promise tuition waiver, each part of the course may be repeated once for 50% of the regular tuition (returning student savings). See returning student policy for additional details.

Returning Students

Returning Becker students who do not qualify for The Becker Promise receive a 50 percent tuition savings on the purchase of a new Becker course.

Student Records

All student records are retained for a minimum of five years. Retained information includes enrolled courses, dates of attendance and completion, payments and refunds, and any eligibility information provided by the student. For information about obtaining records, write or call the Becker Student Services Manager, 3005 Highland Parkway, Downers Grove, IL 60515. Telephone: +1 (800) 868-3900. Strictly limited access to student records ensures confidentiality.

Disability Accommodations

Accommodations for students with disabilities are available. Students with special requirements are encouraged to contact the Office of Student Disability Services at +1 (800) 868-3900 or email adaofficer@becker.com as far in advance of starting classes as possible to arrange a consultation.

Personal Conduct

Becker Professional Education expects all students to exhibit mature behavior and personal conduct consistent with the highest business standards. All students are expected to abide by Becker’s Student Code of Conduct.

 

Placement Assistance

Becker Professional Education does not offer placement assistance.

Student Feedback

Candidates may send comments or complaints regarding the Becker course, instructors or any other feedback on our Contact Us page or by calling Becker’s Customer Service team at +1 (800) 868-3900.

Arizona: If the student complaint cannot be resolved after exhausting the Institution’s grievance procedure, the student may file a complaint with the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education. The student must contact the State Board for further details. The State Board address is: 1400 W. Washington, Room 260 Phoenix, AZ 85007 Phone: +1 (602) 542-5709 Website: http://azppse.state.az.us

Arkansas: Write or call: Arkansas State Board of Private Career Education, 501 Woodlane, Suite 312, Little Rock, AR 72201, 501-683-8000. sbpce@arkansas.gov

Information contained in this catalog remains effective for the duration of the forthcoming licensing year. The Arkansas State Board of Private Career Education will be notified in the event of changes to this catalog.

California: Any questions a student may have regarding this catalog that have not been satisfactorily answered by the institution may be directed to the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education at: 2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400 Sacramento, CA 95833 Website Address: www.bppe.ca.gov Telephone: +1 (888) 370-7589 fax: +1 (916) 263-1897

Complaints - A student or any member of the public may file a complaint about this institution with the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education by calling +1 (888) 370-7589 or by completing a complaint form, which can be obtained on the bureau's website: www.bppe.ca.gov.

Georgia: Grievance policy - Student has the right to appeal all unresolved matters or the final institutional decision to: The State of Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission 2082 East Exchange Place, Suite 220, Tucker, GA 30084 770.414.3300 | gnpec.org

Kansas: For complaints contact Kansas Board of Regents, Private & Out-of-State Postsecondary Education, 1000 SW Jackson St., Ste. 520, Topeka, KS 66612

Kentucky: To file a complaint with the Kentucky Commission on Proprietary Education, each person filing must submit a completed “Form to File a Complaint” (PE-24) to the Kentucky Commission on Proprietary Education by mail to Capital Plaza Tower, Room 302, 500 Mero Street, Frankfort, KY 40601. This form can be found on the website at www.kcpe.ky.gov

Louisiana: Write or call with complaint: Louisiana Board of Regents, Proprietary Schools Section, PO Box 3677, Baton Rouge, LA 70821-3677, 225-342-7084.

Becker Professional Education classrooms are located in New Orleans and are licensed by the Louisiana Board of Regents and adhere to the rules and regulations of the Louisiana Proprietary Schools Advisory Commission.

If a student cancels enrollment within the three business day cancellation period, all monies paid by an applicant will be refunded if requested within three days after signing a registration form and making an initial payment.

Maryland: Grievances should first be addressed in accordance with the grievance procedure outlined in the academic catalog. Students have the right to voice a grievance by contacting: Attorney General of The Maryland Higher Education Commission 6 N. Liberty 10th Floor Baltimore, MD 21201, 410-767-3301

Nebraska: Write or call with complaint: Nebraska Department of Education, Private Postsecondary Career Schools and Veterans Education, 301 Centennial Mall South, Box 94987, Lincoln, NE 68509-4987, (402) 471-2295.

Nevada: Write or call with complaint: Nevada Commission on Post-Secondary Education, 3663 East Sunset Road, Suite 202, Las Vegas NV 89120, 702-486-7330.

New Hampshire: Candidates may send comments or complaints regarding the Becker course, instructors or any other feedback on our Contact Us page or by calling Becker’s Customer Service team at 800.868.3900. If a student complaint cannot be resolved after exhausting the Institution’s grievance procedure, the student may file a complaint with the New Hampshire Department of Education, 101 Pleasant Street, Concord, NH 03301, 603.271.6443.

South Carolina: Student complaints - Questions or concerns that are not satisfactorily resolved by the institution may be brought to the attention of the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education. http://www.che.sc.gov/, (803) 737-2260

Tennessee: Students must know of their rights in a grievance situation and realize that any grievances not resolved on the institutional level may be forwarded to the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, Nashville, TN 37243-0830, (615) 741-5293.

Other State Specific Information

Kentucky Candidates – Student Protection Fund

KRS 165A.450 requires each school licensed by the Kentucky Commission on Proprietary Education to contribute to a Student Protection Fund which will be used to pay off debt incurred due to the closing of a school, discontinuance of a program, loss of license, or loss of accreditation by a school or program. To file a claim against the Student Protection Fund, each person filing must submit a completed “Form for Claims Against the Student Protection Fund”. This form can be found on the website at www.kcpe.ky.gov .

 

Live and Cohort Course Registration Policies

  • Upon initial registration students must enroll in all four CPA Exam Review parts and complete all four-parts in a 12 month period.
  • Students enrolled in one or more parts starting past the 12-month period will be required to re-enroll as a returning student and will be charged 50% of the current tuition plus applicable fees for those parts.
  • Within the 12 month period from initial registration, students may change the course format, delivery method or sequence of the CPA Exam Review parts. No charge will apply for the first change; however, a $195 administrative fee will apply to all subsequent changes. Any sales tax charge resulting from a format switch to the Self-Study format after the original order is the responsibility of the student. The new class sequence or format must begin within the original 12-month period from the date of purchase (Self-Study) or the original start date (Live format or Cohort program).

NOTE: All software expires 18 months from the date of first login or 24 months from the date of purchase, whichever occurs first.

License Extension:

Current Becker students that require additional course access in order to prepare for an upcoming exam may purchase a three month license extension for $299. The three month extension will be added to the license expiration date for a total of 21 months of access.

  • One license extension available per CPA Exam Review Course order.
  • License extension are nontransferable and must be purchased before course access expires.
  • Should a student also have access to mobile Flashcards, Final Review and/or Supplemental MCQs, the purchase of a course license extension will also extend the expiration date of Extra Help products.
  • Refund Policy – A full refund (less any applicable savings and fees) will be issued within 10 days of initial purchase. After expiration of original 18-month course license, no refund will be issued.

Schedule Change Guidelines:

  • Live, LiveOnline and Cohort Program – Must contact Becker within 5 business days of the start of the scheduled class for format or schedule changes.
  • Self-Study – must contact Becker within one year of purchase for a format change.

Cancellations and Refunds

To cancel your enrollment and receive a refund, contact Becker Professional Education at 800-868-3900.

Textbooks should be returned within 10 days of notification of withdrawal. Students should contact Becker for a “Return Materials Authorization” number prior to shipping returns. Students should ship materials by certified mail or an alternative traceable method. Flashcards and the material license fees for the Becker Promise are non-refundable. The cost to return materials is the responsibility of the student. Refunds will be made within 30 days from the date of cancellation. Non-receipt of shipment disputes must be made with 90 days of original purchase date.

All returns must be sent to: Becker Professional Education.
Attn: Becker Returns, 200 Finn Ct., Farmingdale NY, 11735

For Online CPA Exam Review Course and CPA Final Review course students*, a full tuition refund (less any applicable savings and fees) will be issued within 10 days of initial purchase or first login, whichever comes first.

For Live Format and Cohort Program CPA Review students*, a full tuition refund (minus all applicable savings) will be issued to students who withdraw on or before the 5th business day or if students do not attend any part of the course (no-shows) after the start date of the  scheduled section and provided that electronic course materials are not accessed.. Thereafter, no refund will be issued as full access to course content has been granted.

Under certain circumstances, a live class may be cancelled up to 5 days in advance of the scheduled start date. Students will be provided with rescheduling options which could include access to self-study materials when live courses are not available. If rescheduling efforts are not successful, a refund for the cancelled course section may be issued and access suspended provided that the section content has not been accessed.

No Shows are students who never attend a live/live online class and do not access any portion of the course software/electronic materials.

For Atlanta Intensive and Final Review students*, a full tuition refund (minus all applicable savings) will be issued to students who withdraw on or before the 2nd class of the first scheduled part. Thereafter, no refund will be issued as full access to course content has been granted.

For SkillMaster Workshops: A full refund will be issued to students who withdraw at least 10 business days before the scheduled workshop. Thereafter, no refund will be issued.

(* Applicable in all states except those noted below.)

The following cancellation policy is applicable for students in Alabama, Arkansas, District of Columbia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Oklahoma, West Virginia:

If cancellation occurs within 3 business days of registration, all monies paid by the student will be refunded even if classes have already started.

A full tuition refund (minus all applicable savings and fees) will be issued to students who withdraw on or before the 5th business day after the start date of the first scheduled section; thereafter, students are entitled to a prorated refund (minus all applicable savings and fees) for the unused portion through 60% of the part taken (75% in Arkansas and DC).

For example, the refund for a candidate who withdraws after completing 12 hours (3 sessions) of Audit classes will be calculated as follows:

Amount Paid $1131.00
Amount to be Prorated $1131.00
8 Hours Canceled / 20 Hours Scheduled X $1131.00 = $452.00 (Amount Refunded)

Residents are not required to submit written notification of withdrawal.

New Hampshire Students:
Any buyer may cancel this transaction by submitting written notification of withdrawal any time prior to midnight of the third business day after the date of this transaction.

Oklahoma Students:
Becker Professional Education is licensed by Oklahoma Board of Private Vocational Schools, 700 N. Classen Blvd. #250, Oklahoma City, OK, 73118.

Classroom locations
University of Oklahoma, 307 West Brooks, Room 200, Norman, OK 73019, Oklahoma Christian University, 2501 E Memorial Rd., Edmund OK 73136, and Oklahoma State University, 108 Gunderson Hall, Stillwater, OK 74078.

Tennessee Students: At a minimum, refunds are calculated as follows:

Date of Withdrawal During: Percent Refund of Tuition
(Less Administrative Fee)
First day of scheduled classes 100%
Balance of week 1 90%
Week 2 75%
Weeks 3 and 4 25%
Weeks 5–8 0%

Refunds are to be prorated as of last day of actual attendance, notification is not required. All monies paid by an applicant will be refunded if requested within three days after signing an enrollment agreement and making an initial payment.

Holder in Due Course Rule: Any holder of this consumer credit contract is subject to all claims and defenses which the debtor could assert against the seller of goods and services obtained pursuant hereto or with the proceeds hereof. Recovery hereunder by the debtor shall not exceed that paid by the debtor. (This Federal TradeCom Regulation became in effect 5/14/75)

Becker Professional Education is licensed by Oklahoma Board of Private Vocational Schools, 700 N. Classen Blvd. #250, Oklahoma City, OK, 73118.

NON-REFUNDABLE ITEMS

Charges for Flashcards, Supplemental Multiple-Choice Questions, 0% APR* Financing Processing Fee and the Becker Promise material license fee are non-refundable.

*Annual Percentage Rating

SAVINGS VERIFICATION

(Applies to all CPA Exam Review formats) If applying for a savings, appropriate verification is required prior to conclusion of course; if not received by course end, full tuition will be charged without further notice.

DIRECT BILL STUDENTS FORMAT CHANGE POLICY

A $195 administrative change fee will be charged and billed to the student beginning with the 2nd change and will apply to all subsequent changes. Additionally, any sales tax charge resulting from a format switch to the Self-Study format after the original order becomes the responsibility of the student and will not be direct billed to the firm. This includes taxes incurred as a result of the one complimentary switch. (Sales tax is not charged on the Live format and the Cohort program, but must be charged on the Self-Study format). Direct Bill Format Change – Please note that some firms require students to attend Live classes.

Publicity Waiver and Release Disclosure

By enrolling in this course, the student: (1) grants to Becker Professional Education its parent, subsidiary and affiliated companies, agents, licensees and designees (collectively, “Becker”), including their successors and assigns, the absolute, royalty free, irrevocable, worldwide, right and permission, with respect to any testimonial (written or oral), photographs, film, video or other images, or sound recordings taken by Becker:

(a) To use, re-use, publish, re-publish, copy, modify, display and create derivative works in whole or in part, individually or in conjunction with other photographs, images, recordings or testimonials in any medium (including without limitation, in print and on the Internet) and for any purpose whatsoever, including, without limitation in advertising, marketing, publications, electronic distribution, and the Internet and for any other commercial purpose; and

(b) To use the student’s name in connection therewith if Becker so chooses; and

(c) To copyright the same in the name of Becker, or any other name that Becker may choose.

and (2) waives any and all rights to such photographs, film, video or other images, sound recordings, or testimonial and assigns all such rights to Becker. If the student is under the age of 18, the parent or legal guardian’s signature indicates that he/ she and the student have read, understand, and agree to be bound by the terms of this disclosure.

The student understands that there will be no compensation for the permitted use of any testimonial (written or oral), photographs, film, video or other images, or sound recordings taken by Becker or of the student’s name.

The student releases and discharges Becker, its successors, assigns and any designee (including any agency, client, broadcaster, periodical or other publication) from any and all claims and demands arising out of or in connection with the use of such photographs, film, video or other images, sound recordings, or testimonial, including but not limited to any claims for defamation, invasion of privacy, right of publicity, emotional distress or any similar right. Furthermore, the student represents and warrants that any testimonial given is original and does not infringe upon copyright or proprietary rights of another person or entity.

Becker Professional Development Corporation, operating as Becker Professional Education™, is owned and operated by Adtalem Global Education, Inc., 3005 Highland Parkway, Downers Grove, IL 60515. Governing Body: Lisa Wardell, President and Chief Executive Officer, Adtalem Global Education; F. Willis (“Bill”) Caruso, Jr., Interim General Counsel and Secretary, Adtalem Global Education; Patrick Unzicker, Senior Vice President, CFO and Treasurer, Adtalem Global Education; John P. Roselli, President, Becker Professional Education.

Last updated: 07/20/2017



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