University description (as per official university website)
The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, a co-educational private college, is located in California and is also known as FIDM. Apart from the San Diego campus, it has three other campuses in Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Francisco in California. It offers associateís and bachelorís degrees in business management, graphic design, apparel manufacturing management, beauty industry merchandising and marketing, fashion design, and interior design.
FIDM has many student organizations including the American Society of Interior Designers, the Alumni Association, the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, The Cosmopolitan Student Alliance, Student Council, and the Set Decorators Society of America. The institute offers financial aid to students. Students can pursue the FIDMís Annual National Scholarship, but there are several other scholarships offered by the DECA/ DEX Distributive Education Clubs of America, FHA - HERO/ Future Homemakers of America, and the FBLA/ Future Business Leaders of America.
Important notices for students needing financial aid:
* It is the student's responsibility to ensure that processing of the financial aid package is complete before clearance for registration. Clearance is the initial step in the process leading to registration for classes. Any student seeking to register for classes must go to the FIDM Student Financial Services Office to be "financially cleared" (i.e., by meeting the tuition payments as specified on the "Tuition Schedule").
* To be considered for financial aid, a student must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and return it to the college.
* If additional information or documentation is requested by the FIDM Student Financial Services Office, it is the student's responsibility to comply with the request. Students participating in one or more government aid programs as a means of meeting tuition/fee expenses must supply all information/documentation requested by their FIDM Student Financial Services Counselor. The documentation requested is to ensure that students with financial need are the recipients of government assistance.
* Applicants should check the status of their application to insure proper processing.
* Federal aid programs are awarded on a fiscal year basis, beginning July 1 and ending June 30. Thus, an applicant may need to apply for aid more than once during an academic or calendar year. Important: Federal Aid applications for State Grant programs are available in January of each year. The filing deadline is March 2.
* Students receiving any type of aid must make satisfactory academic progress toward the completion of a specific educational program. Failure to do so may result in the termination or reduction of financial aid.
* Proof of attendance, on a quarterly basis, is required before any aid may be disbursed. Student eligibility for a maximum award requires full-time (12 units per quarter) attendance at the college.
* Aid is given on a first- come, first-served basis.
* All financial aid must be awarded before the student may register for classes.
* The college, as a trustee of federal and state funds, must administer assistance programs in such a manner as to ensure strict compliance with regulations governing financial aid.