WHAT THE APP IS (AND ISN’T) AND HOW YOU SHOULD USE IT
The App is a research tool. The App is a reference tool that you can use to research Colleges. The App is not intended to serve as a substitute, and you should not use it as a substitute, for visiting individual College websites, contacting College admissions officers, arranging visits to College campuses, and consulting with your own guidance counselor, parents, and other advisors. This limitation on the scope of the App is especially important in light of the limitations on the data that the App provides, which are described in the next few paragraphs and in the Disclaimer of Warranties and Limitation of Liability below.
The App is designed for students attending U.S. high schools applying to be first-time college freshmen. Requirements, deadlines and other College Data that appear in the App may not apply to transfer students, home-schooled students, and other students who are not applying to college directly from U.S. high schools. Make sure to consult each College's website for information that corresponds specifically to your student status.
The App does not cover all Colleges The inclusion or exclusion of a College in the App does not constitute a value judgment regarding the merits of that particular institution. With certain exceptions, the App includes four-year, U.S. public and private colleges and universities offering bachelor-degree programs. However, it does not include all schools that fit these criteria. It also does not contain community colleges, primarily because sufficient data is not available to complete community college profiles. Although we may add additional colleges at any time, we do not intend to cover all colleges. Therefore, you should not limit your college search to those schools covered by the App.
Certain data may not be accurate. Although we have used commercially reasonable efforts to provide a comprehensive, accurate and relevant snapshot of each College using sources that we considered reliable, the factual and statistical information that the App provides with respect to a College’s admissions requirements, enrollment statistics, freshman/undergraduate profiles, and policies and deadlines (“Data”) may not be accurate. Here’s why:
Not all Colleges provide information on the same schedule, and individual Colleges may change certain Data between updates of the App, so it is possible that, at any point in time, Data for some Colleges may be outdated or inconsistent. For example, financial aid data may be inconsistent with tuition data since that data is released at a later date. In addition, policies, deadlines and award amounts associated with scholarships change regularly. Therefore, scholarship information described in the App may no longer be valid.
College Data may be different or inconsistent, depending on the data source. In some cases, Stipend may have tried to resolve inconsistencies and present the Data that it reasonably deemed to be accurate. In other cases, Stipend may have imputed certain statistics from other data. Also, some Colleges provide weighted or otherwise re-calculated GPA’s while others provide unweighted GPA’s. For this reason, this statistic and others like it are not directly comparable across all Colleges.
Some Colleges do not provide certain kinds of Data that prospective students are likely to expect to see. In such cases, to provide a snapshot of the Colleges that will induce students to include as many Colleges as possible in their research, Stipend may have interpolated, extrapolated, or otherwise imputed missing Data from other Data that a College makes publicly available or from other available Data sources that Stipend considers to be reliable.
Many Colleges have instituted test-optional policies, some of which are temporary and subject to change. In some cases, to be eligible for certain scholarships or programs, students must submit standardized test scores. In other cases, there may be additional requirements for students who do not submit test scores. Although we may provide certain details regarding test-optional policies, they may not be comprehensive or up to date.
For all these and other reasons, you are responsible for confirming all Data about each College that interests you through that College’s website or directly with the admissions office of the College.
Double-check all calendar data. Although we have tried to provide an accurate snapshot of each College's academic calendar, the dates and deadlines shown may not be up to date for the upcoming fall year. For Colleges with rolling admissions policies, which often have no fixed deadlines, we have endeavored to provide priority deadlines for applications, scholarships or financial aid so that you do not miss an opportunity to qualify. Colleges with Early Decision and/or Early Action policies have different deadlines. For such colleges, the header shows the first Early Decision and/or Early Action deadline, and Regular Decision or priority deadline. In addition, beneath the header, you will see deadlines for submission of test scores, recommendations, scholarships and financial consideration, and student replies that correspond to Regular Decision deadlines or priority deadlines. Please consult each College's website or contact the College’s admissions office for up-to-date policies and deadlines before entering any date into your calendar or relying upon it in connection with your application to that College.
The “similar schools” list is just a starting point. When you are looking at a College through the App, the App will offer you a list of “Similar Schools.” A College might be listed under “Similar Schools” for many different reasons: because it is in the same geographic area as the College you are looking at, because it has a similar number of students, because it is considered to be equally academically challenging, or for some other reason. While a “Similar Schools” list may give you some ideas, you need to do your own research to find out which Colleges would really be viable alternatives for you.
Any opinions expressed are solely those of Stipend. Any opinions expressed or judgments offered by Stipend as part of commentary regarding use of the App, blogs, writings, or other Stipend information related to Colleges, represent solely those of Stipend and no other party. You should not rely upon them as fact and you should form your own conclusions based on your own research. The App is a research tool, and not the final word on any subject or issue.
The App may not always be available. The App is available to Mobile Devices running the three most recent versions of Apple’s iOS operating system. We use reasonable efforts to make the App available at all times. However, the App is provided over the Internet and cellular networks, and the quality and availability of the App may be affected by factors outside our reasonable control. We also may restrict, suspend, or block access to the App for maintenance, operational or technical reasons, without prior notice.
WHAT YOU MAY NOT DO WITH THE APP
HOW WE MAY COMMUNICATE WITH YOU THROUGH THE APP
We may contact you in different ways. Stipend may provide notifications to you via email notice, “push” or other notifications on your Mobile Device, or through posting of such notices in the App. Be sure to read notifications that appear in the App since they may contain notices of updates to our policies or other important information.
Make sure you can get our emails. Stipend is not responsible for any automatic filtering you or your network provider may apply to email notifications we send to the email address you provide us. We recommend that you add email@example.com to the approved correspondent list in your email address book to help ensure that you receive any notifications from us that we may send by email. If you register with a fake email address, you will not be able to receive such notifications. We are not responsible for your failure to receive important information from us, including changes to the Privacy Statement (see link below), if we choose to send out such information by email and you have provided a fake email address.
Copyright infringement claims. If you believe that content that you own has been reproduced in the App without your permission, you may write to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information: an electronic or physical signature of the person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright interest; a description of the copyrighted work that you claim has been infringed; a description of where the material that you claim is infringing is located in the App; your address, telephone number, and e-mail address; a written statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; and a statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that the above information in your notice is accurate and that you are the copyright owner or you are authorized to act on the copyright owner's behalf.
OTHER IMPORTANT LEGAL TERMS
Why these terms are important. The remaining paragraphs include or cover promises that you are making to us, limitations on our responsibility for the Data, limits on when and where you can assert a legal claim against us, releases of certain claims, our right to terminate your use of the App, your privacy rights, and other terms that govern your use of the App.
DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES. THE APP IS PROVIDED ON AN “AS IS, AS AVAILABLE” BASIS. USE OF THE APP IS AT YOUR OWN RISK. THE APP IS PROVIDED WITHOUT EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND. TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, WE AND OUR EMPLOYEES, DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, REPRESENTATIVES, PARTNERS, AGENTS, DEVELOPERS, AND SUPPLIERS (THE “STIPEND PARTIES”) EXPRESSLY DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES AND CONDITIONS, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO (1) ANY WARRANTY THAT THE DATA REGARDING ANY COLLEGE LISTED IN THE APP IS ACCURATE, TIMELY, COMPLETE, OR RELIABLE, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, ANY DATA RELATED TO ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS OR POLICIES, APPLICATION DEADLINES, ENROLLMENT STATISTICS, GPA AND TEST-SCORE STATISTICS, FINANCIAL AID QUALIFICATIONS AND DEADLINES, AVAILABILITY OF SCHOLARSHIPS, AND FRESHMAN/UNDERGRADUATE PROFILES, (2) ANY WARRANTY THAT THE APP IS FREE OF ERRORS OR BUGS, (3) ANY WARRANTY THAT YOUR USE OF THE APP WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR-FREE, AND (4) ANY WARRANTY THAT THE APP WILL BE FREE FROM LOSS, CORRUPTION, ATTACK, VIRUSES, INTERFERENCE, HACKING, DATA BREACHES, OR OTHER SECURITY INTRUSION. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE DISCLAIMER OF CERTAIN TYPES OF WARRANTIES, SO SOME OF THE FOREGOING DISCLAIMERS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.
LIMITATION OF LIABILITY. YOU ASSUME TOTAL RESPONSIBILITY AND RISK FOR YOUR USE OF THE APP. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL ANY STIPEND PARTY BE LIABLE TO YOU OR RESPONSIBLE IN ANY WAY FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, ECONOMIC, EXEMPLARY, SPECIAL, PUNITIVE, INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL LOSSES OR DAMAGES WHATSOEVER THAT ARISE DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY OUT OF YOUR USE OF THE APP, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, YOUR FAILURE TO SUBMIT APPLICATION DOCUMENTS FOR ADMISSION TO A PARTICULAR COLLEGE OR FOR FINANCIAL AID FROM A PARTICULAR COLLEGE BY THE CORRECT DEADLINE, WHETHER OR NOT SUCH DAMAGES ARISE (1) FROM YOUR USE OR MISUSE OF THE APP, (2) FROM YOUR INABILITY TO USE THE APP, (3) FROM THE INTERRUPTION, SUSPENSION, MODIFICATION, ALTERATION, OR TERMINATION OF THE APP OR ANY TELECOMMUNICATION FAILURES, (4) OUT OF ANY INFORMATION OR ADVICE RECEIVED THROUGH OR ADVERTISED IN CONNECTION WITH THE APP, OR (5) IN ANY OTHER WAY, EVEN IF SUCH DAMAGE WAS FORESEEABLE OR EVEN IF THE STIPEND PARTIES HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF OR SHOULD HAVE KNOWN OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES, IN ANY ACTION OF ANY KIND. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR OTHER TYPES OF DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE EXCLUSION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. IN NO EVENT WILL THE STIPEND PARTIES’ TOTAL LIABILITY TO YOU FOR ALL DAMAGES, LOSSES OR CAUSES OR ACTION EXCEED ONE HUNDRED UNITED STATES DOLLARS (USD $100.00).
RELEASE. YOU RELEASE THE STIPEND PARTIES FROM ANY CLAIMS AND DAMAGES, KNOWN AND UNKNOWN, ARISING OUT OF OR IN ANY WAY CONNECTED WITH ANY CLAIM YOU HAVE AGAINST ANY THIRD PARTY, ANY CLAIM THAT A THIRD PARTY HAS AGAINST YOU, OR ANY DISPUTE THAT MAY ARISE BETWEEN YOU AND ANY THIRD PARTY, THROUGH YOUR USE OF THE APP.
WAIVER. YOU UNDERSTAND THAT BY USING THE APP, YOU MAY BE WAIVING RIGHTS WITH RESPECT TO CLAIMS THAT ARE AT THIS TIME UNKNOWN OR UNSUSPECTED, AND IN ACCORDANCE WITH SUCH WAIVER, IF YOU ARE A CALIFORNIA RESIDENT, YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU HAVE READ AND UNDERSTAND, AND HEREBY EXPRESSLY WAIVE, THE BENEFITS OF SECTION 1542 OF THE CIVIL CODE OF CALIFORNIA, WHICH PROVIDES AS FOLLOWS: “A GENERAL RELEASE DOES NOT EXTEND TO CLAIMS THAT THE CREDITOR OR RELEASING PARTY DOES NOT KNOW OR SUSPECT TO EXIST IN HIS OR HER FAVOR AT THE TIME OF EXECUTING THE RELEASE AND THAT, IF KNOWN BY HIM OR HER, WOULD HAVE MATERIALLY AFFECTED HIS OR HER SETTLEMENT WITH THE DEBTOR OR RELEASED PARTY.” IF YOU ARE A RESIDENT OF ANOTHER STATE OR TERRITORY WITH A SIMILAR LAW, YOU EXPRESSLY WAIVE THE BENEFITS OF SUCH LAW.