Policies and Procedures

Rights and Responsibilities of Students

You have the right to:

  • Seek financial aid counseling.
  • Information about how your aid award was calculated.
  • Have your financial need reviewed through an appeal process if you or your family's financial circumstances change.
  • Know how much aid you will receive each semester and when it will be disbursed or applied to your account.
  • Know the terms of any work study award offered.
  • Know the interest rate, as well as the amount, method, and starting dates of repayment, for any loan offered.
  • Access your financial aid file.
  • Know that the information you give to the Financial Aid Office will be treated confidentially. Information from a student's file will not be released to anyone without a signed release from the student, except to University staff and financial aid donors.

You have the responsibility to:

  • Provide accurate and factual information on all financial aid forms.
  • Provide any additional information requested during the application process, which may include copies of income tax returns, verification worksheets, or other required information.
  • Be aware of financial aid deadlines.
  • Notify the Financial Aid Office of any change in name, address, marital status, or credit load (including withdrawing from all registered courses, please review the Unofficial Withdrawal Policy).
  • Use financial aid for educational expenses only.
  • Make Satisfactory Academic Progress to maintain eligibility for aid.
  • Report any additional financial aid you receive, such as scholarships, outside grants, or other tuition assistance.
  • Repay all loans or prior over-award of financial aid according to your truth-in-lending and promissory notes. If you are in default on a loan, you are not eligible for additional financial aid. For information on repaying your student loans, visit Student Aid on the Web.
  • Notify the Financial Aid Office if you are in default on an education loan or owe financial aid repayments.