Financial Aid Rights & Responsibilities of Aid Recipient

As a consumer of a commodity (financial aid for a higher education), you have certain rights to which you are entitled, and certain obligations for which you are responsible. 

You have the right to know:

  • The names of accrediting or licensing organizations
  • Information about its programs; its instructional, laboratory and other physical facilities and its faculty.
  • Special facilities and services available to persons with disabilities.
  • What financial assistance is available, including information on federal, state and institutional financial aid programs?
  • The deadlines for submitting applications for the federal aid programs available.
  • The cost of attending the University and its refund policy.
  • The criteria used by the University to select financial aid recipients.
  • How the University determines your financial need.
  • What resources (such as parental contribution, other financial aid, your assets, etc.) are considered in the calculation of your need?
  • How much of your financial need, as determined by the University, has been met.
  • What portion of the financial aid you received is loan aid and what portion is grant aid. If the aid is a loan, you have the right to know what the interest rate is, the total amount that must be repaid, the repayment procedures, and the length of time you have to repay the loan and when the repayment is to begin.
  • How the University determines whether you are making satisfactory academic progress and what happens if you are not.
It is your responsibility to:
  • Review and consider all information about the University before you enroll.
  • Complete all application forms accurately and submit them on time to the right place.
  • Pay special attention to and accurately complete your application for financial aid. Errors can result in long delays in receiving financial aid. International misreporting on application forms for federal financial aid is a violation of the law and is considered a criminal offense, subject to penalties under the U.S. Criminal Code.
  • Submit all additional documentation, verification, corrections and/or new information requested by the Financial Aid Office.
  • Read all forms that you are asked to sign and keep copies of them.
  • Accept responsibility for all agreements that you sign.
  • Notify the Financial Aid Office of changes in your name, address, housing or enrollment status. (This also applies to loan recipients after they leave the University.)
  • Perform the work agreed upon in accepting a work study award.
  • Know and comply with the University's deadlines for application or reapplication for aid.
  • Know and comply with the University refund procedures.
  • Notify the Financial Aid Office in advance when your course load at the University may be less than full-time. Failure to do so will cause delay in the receipt of your funds.
  • Notify the Financial Aid Office of any changes in financial status. Failure to do so can result in termination of financial assistance.
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress. Withdrawal from the University or never attending classes will result in partial or full repayment of aid disbursed for the semester involved.