Student Rights & Responsibilities

To be eligible for aid, a student must meet certain general criteria. As a recipient of federal student aid, a student has certain rights and responsibilities. Knowing what they are will put the student in a better position to make decisions about his/her educational goals and how to achieve them.

Student Rights:
  • To know what financial aid programs are available.
  • To know the deadlines for submitting applications for each of the financial aid programs available.
  • To know how financial aid will be distributed, how decisions on that distribution are made and the basis for these decisions.
  • To know how financial need was determined. This includes how costs for tuition and fees, room and board, travel, books and supplies, personal and miscellaneous expenses, etc., are considered in the student's budget.
  • To know what resources (such as parental contribution, other financial aid, assets, etc.) were considered in the calculation of financial need.
  • To know how much financial need as determined by the institution has been met.
  • To request an explanation of the various programs in students aid packages.
  • To know the school's refund policy.
  • To know what portion of the financial aid received must be repaid and what portion is grant aid. If the aid is a loan, the right to know what the interest rate is, the total amount that must be repaid, the payback procedures, the length of time to repay the loan and when repayment is to begin.
  • To know how the school determines satisfactory progress and what happens if satisfactory progress is not made.
  • To know if you are offered a College Work-Study position - what kind of job it is, what hours you must work, what your duties will be, what the rate of pay will be, and how and when you will be paid.
  • To know that you can request that your aid package can be reconsidered if you believe a mistake has been made, or if your enrollment or financial circumstances have changed.
Student Responsibilities:
  • To review and consider all information about the school's program before you enroll.
  • To complete all application forms accurately and submit them on time to the correct place.
  • To provide correct information. In most instances, misreporting information on financial aid application forms is a violation of law and my be considered a criminal offense which could result in indictment under the U.S. Criminal Code.
  • To return all additional documentation, verification, corrections and new information requested by either the financial aid office or the agency to which applications are submitted.
  • To read and understand all forms that the student is asked to sign and to keep copies of them.
  • To accept responsibility for all agreements signed.
  • To perform the work that is agreed upon when accepting a Work-Study Award.
  • To be aware of and comply with the deadlines for application or reapplication for aid.
  • To be aware of the school's refund procedures.
  • To complete an entrance and exit interview if you have a Perkins Loan, Nursing Loan, Federal Direct Subsidized Loan, or Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan.
  • To notify your school of a change in your name, address, or attendance status (half-time, three-quarter-time, or full-time). If you have a loan, you must also notify your loan servicer of these changes.
  • To repay immediately upon demand all financial aid over awards or mis-entitlements.
Transfer Students:
  • Check with the financial aid officer at the new school on financial aid availability.
  • Check with the loan servicer to cancel a Federal Direct Loan from the prior school and reapply at the new school.
  • Inform the new school's financial aid office of your DRN # and SAR transaction number from the Student Aid.
  • Report, as well as submit any other documentation requested by the financial aid office.