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Student’s Rights and Responsibilities

  1. It is the responsibility of each prospective aid applicant to become familiar with the policies, procedures, and deadlines for financial aid.
  2. It is the right of each student to request and receive an explanation of how his or her financial aid award was determined.
  3. It is the responsibility of each aid recipient to notify the Financial Aid Office of any additional awards received that were not included in the original financial aid package and any other change in status.
  4. It is the right of the student to review his/her financial aid folder. Students do not, however, have access to parents’ financial information except with written permission.
  5. It is the student’s responsibility to notify the Registrar’s Office of an address change.
  6. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the College receives all required forms on time.

Please remember that full-time financial-aid eligibility for any given semester is based upon enrollment in at least 12 credits (semester hours) that are degree-applicable. Degree-applicable credit is any credit that, according to College Catalog requirements at matriculation, fulfills the student’s primary major requirements, related course work requirements, and general education requirements, as well as sufficient elective courses to complete the minimum number of semester hours required for graduation (122 s.h. for most undergraduate programs). Students cannot receive financial aid for coursework that is not required for degree completion, and the college must comply with federal and state financial aid regulations.

With careful planning, many students can complete a second major, minors or concentrations. Students who bring college credit earned while in high school may be expected to complete their degree in less than 8 semesters according to the rules of financial aid eligibility.

When a student changes a major, it may affect the student’s financial aid eligibility.  Therefore, students contemplating changing their majors should seek advice from their financial aid counselors.

It is also recommended that students meet periodically with their financial aid counselors to review their academic plans and the effect on financial aid eligibility. Additional information about these requirements is available on our website: Ultimately, it is the student’s responsibility to be aware of the regulations affecting financial aid eligibility, and it is the Financial Aid Office's responsibility to apply the rules that determine aid eligibility.

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