Rights and Responsibilities of Financial Aid Recipients

As consumers, students have a right to:

  • Be informed of the correct procedures for applying for aid, cost of attendance, types of aid available, how financial need is determined, criteria for awarding aid, how academic progress is determined, and what must be done to continue receiving aid;
  • Be informed of the type and amount of assistance the student will receive, and how and when the student will receive the aid;
  • View the contents of the student's financial aid file, in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act;
  • Know the conditions of any loan.

It is the student's responsibility to:

  • Complete application materials correctly and submit them on time;
  • Read all materials sent from the Financial Aid Services Office and all agencies awarding aid; read, understand and keep copies of all forms the student signs;
  • Know and comply with the rules governing the aid received;
  • Provide additional documentation, verification, corrections, and/or any new information the Financial Aid Services Office requests;
  • Comply with the provisions of any promissory note and all other agreements signed;
  • Use financial aid only for expenses related to attending the College;
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress;
  • Notify the Financial Aid Services Office of any resources not considered during the original need analysis and aid not listed on the award letter;
  • Keep local and permanent addresses current at the Records Office.