You have specific rights and responsibilities in applying for aid.
You have the right to:
- Be informed of available financial aid programs and deadlines for submitting necessary applications and supporting documents.
- Expect that all information supplied by you and your family will remain confidential and will not be released without your consent.
- Know the cost of attendance.
- Know on what basis your financial need was determined, the data used in estimating your educational expenses, and resources expected to be available to you.
- Know what part of your financial aid must be repaid and what part is gift assistance. If a loan is awarded to you, you have the right to know the interest rate, the total amount you must repay, repayment procedures, length of time you have to repay, and when repayment begins.
- Know the following about any work-study job: a description of the job, the hours you must work, the rate of pay, and how and when you will be paid.
- Know how you will receive your financial aid and the basis of the disbursement policy.
- Be informed of the satisfactory academic progress guidelines for aid recipients.
- Know the refund policy for a student who withdraws.
- Know how to appeal a decision by the Office of Financial Aid about your award.
- Know your rights under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
You have the responsibility to:
- Students: pay your enrollment deposit to reserve your space and receive your financial plan.
- Provide correct information on your FAFSA. Misrepresenting information on the financial aid application is a violation of the law, subject to fines, imprisonment, or both.
- Submit all additional documentation, verification, corrections, and/or new information requested by either the Office of Financial Aid or the agency to which you submitted your application.
- Report changes in your circumstances to the Office of Financial Aid. These may include:
- Change in your home and/or permanent address.
- Change in your marital status.
- Notification if you plan to transfer to another school.
- Outside sources of assistance made available to you since you initially applied for aid.
- Read, understand, and keep copies of any forms you are required to sign.
- Repay any student loans you may receive.
- Notify the Office of Financial Aid if you decide to decline loans or work-study.
- Complete an online entrance and exit interview as instructed by the Office of Financial Aid when you borrow federal student loans.
- Know and follow all requirements for the continuation of financial aid, including satisfactory academic progress requirements.