Financial Aid

Student Rights and Responsibilities

      You have the right to ask a school…

  • The names of its accrediting or licensing organizations.

  • About its programs; its instructional, laboratory, faculty and physical facilities.

  • What the cost of attendance is, and what it's policy is on refunds for students who drop classes or withdraw.

  • What financial assistance is available, including information on all federal, state, local private and institutional financial aid programs.

  • What the procedures and deadlines are for submitting application for each available financial aid program.

  • What criteria it uses to select financial aid recipients.

  • How it determines your financial need. This process includes how costs for tuition and fees, books and supplies, transportation, personal and miscellaneous expenses are considered in your cost of education. It also includes how resources (such as parental and student contributions and other financial aid) are considered in calculating your financial need.

  • How much of your financial need, as determined by the institution, has been met by financial aid funds.

  • How and when you will be paid financial aid.

  • To explain each type and amount of assistance in your financial aid award offer.

  • What the interest rate is on any student loan you may borrow, the total amount you must repay, the length of time you have to repay, when you must start repayment, and what cancellation or deferment provisions apply.

  • If you are offered a Work Study job, what kind of job is it, what hours must you work, what your duties will be, what the rate of pay will be and how and when you will be paid.

  • To reconsider your aid award if you believe a mistake has been made, or if your enrollment or financial circumstances change.

  • How the school determines whether you are making satisfactory academic progress, and what happens when you aren't.

  • What special facilities and services are available to the handicapped.

  • Information on campus safety and crime statistics available through the Campus Safety and Security Department.

    It is your responsibility to...

  • Review all information about a school's program before you enroll.
  • Pay special attention to your application for financial aid. Complete it as completely and totally as possible.  Submit it on time and to the right place. Errors can delay or even prevent you from receiving financial aid.
  • Know and comply with all deadlines for applying or reapplying for aid.
  • Provide all additional documentation, verification, corrections and/or new information requested by the Office of Financial Aid or the agency to which you have submitted your information.
  • Read, understand and keep copies of all forms that you are required to sign.
  • Repay any student loans that you have.  When you sign a promissory note, you have made a contractual agreement to repay your loan.
  • Participate in the entrance and exit loan counseling processes at your school if you have any federal student loans.
  • Notify your school of a change in your name, address or attendance status.  If you have a loan, you must also notify all current and prior lenders of these changes.
  • Satisfactorily perform the work agreed upon in a Work-Study job.
  • Understand important school policies that effect you:  refund policy, satisfactory academic progress policy, and changes to financial aid if you drop classes or withdraw (officially or unofficially).