University description (as per official university website)
We are Universal Technical Institute, Inc., a nationwide provider of technical education training for students seeking careers as professional automotive, diesel, collision repair, motorcycle and marine technicians.
Through our campus-based school system, Universal Technical Institute, Inc. offers specialized technical education programs under the banner of several well-known brands, including Universal Technical Institute (UTI), Motorcycle Mechanics Institute and Marine Mechanics Institute (MMI) and NASCAR Technical Institute (NTI).
Our Vision Statement
We are industry’s choice for providing professional technicians for the customers we serve in the automotive, diesel, collision repair, motorcycle and marine industries, and related aftermarkets. We set the standard in professional and technical education, lifelong learning and employment services.
Our purpose is to change the world one life at a time by helping people achieve their dreams. This is the underlying inspirational reason for our existence and the reason we come to work everyday.
Our values drive our reputation. Our reputation is the basis of our growing brand. Making our brand more powerful is essential to achieving our vision.
We strive to make a positive difference in the lives of the people we touch – students, customers, employees, shareholders and the communities in which we live and work.
* Wisdom – We make decisions based on the organization’s purpose, the legitimate needs of our people, and the necessity of profit.
* Fun – We create a playful place to work that consistently demonstrates an enthusiasm for life, ideas and satisfying work.
* Caring – We value open and honest communication, in an environment that unleashes the potential of the people we interact with – students, industry customers, employees and the community.
* Innovation – We are committed to continuous improvement and breakthrough achievements by collaborating with each other to create value to our business.
* Courage – We take bold, wise risks and empower others to do the same.
* Trustworthiness – We demonstrate integrity in all interactions while earning the trust and respect of others.
Each UTI school is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology (ACCSCT). The Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency.
To receive student financial aid, there are various eligibility requirements that must be met. These requirements are as follows:
* have financial need
* have a High School Diploma, General Education Development (GED) Certificate, or equivalent
* be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a regular student
* be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
* have a valid Social Security Number
* maintain satisfactory academic progress
* sign the statements of educational purpose and non-default on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
* register with the Selective Service, if required
* not be in default on a federal student loan or owe an overpayment on a federal student grant
*For more detailed information related to the above eligibility requirements click here.
Most student financial aid funds are awarded based on a financial need. The exceptions to this include unsubsidized Stafford and all PLUS Loans.
Students are classified as dependent or independent because federal student aid programs are based on the idea that students, and their families, if applicable, have the primary responsibility for paying for their post-secondary education.
For the 2009-2010 aid year, a student is considered an independent student if at least one of the following applies:
* was born before January 1, 1986
* is married as of the date completing the FAFSA
* is enrolled in a graduate or professional educational program (beyond a bachelor's degree)
* has legal dependents other than a spouse
* both parents are deceased, were in foster care of was an orphan or ward of the court (since turning 13)
* is a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces ("veteran" includes students who are a National Guard or Reserve enlistee who was called to active duty for purposes other than training, or were a cadet or midshipman at one of the service academies, and were released under a condition other than dishonorable.)
* is currently serving on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces for purposes other than training
* is or was an emancipated minor or in legal guardianship as deterimined by a court in the students state of legal residence
* was at any time after July 1, 2008 deteremined by their high school or school district liasion, or the director of an emergency shelter or transitional housting program funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to be an unaccompanied youth who was homeless
* was at any time after July 1, 2008 determined by the director of a runaway or homelss youth basic center or transitional living program to be an unaccompanied youth who was homeless or was self-supporting and at risk of being homeless