Student Consumer Rights and Responsibilities

Catalog Requirements Notice

The requirements listed on these pages may change by the year as programs and courses are added or altered. Archived Academic Catalogs for previous years can be viewed in pdf form here. These documents contains the specific academic requirements pertaining to those who entered the College before the current year.

Student Rights

You have the right to ask a school:

the names of its accrediting organizations;
about its programs, its instructional, laboratory, and other physical facilities, and its faculty;
what the cost of attending is, and what its policies are on refunds to students who drop out;
what financial assistance is available, including information on all federal, state, local, private, and institutional financial aid programs;
what the procedures and deadlines are for submitting applications for each available financial aid program;
what criteria it uses to select financial aid recipients;
how it determines your financial need (this process includes how costs for tuition and fees, room and board, travel, books and supplies, personal and miscellaneous expenses, etc. are considered in your budget, and 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 institution, has been met;
how and when you will be paid;
to explain each type and amount of assistance in your financial aid package;
to choose your own private alternative education loan lender;
if you have a federal loan, to know what the interest rate is, the total amount that must be paid, the length of time you have to repay your loan, when you must start paying it back, and any cancellation and deferment provisions that apply;
if you are offered a work-study job, to know what kind of job it is, what hours you must work, what your duties will be, what the rate of pay will be, and how and when you will be paid;
to reconsider your aid package, if you believe a mistake has been made;
how the school determines whether you are making satisfactory progress, and what happens if you are not;
what special facilities and services are available to the handicapped;
a description of the data compiled by Campus Security.

Student Responsibilities

It is your responsibility to:

review and consider all information about a school's program before you enroll;
pay special attention to your application for student financial aid, complete it accurately, and submit it on time to the right place (errors can delay your receiving financial aid);
provide all additional documentation, verification, corrections, and/or new information requested by either the financial aid office or the agency to which you submitted your application;
read and understand all forms that you are asked to sign and keep copies of them;
accept responsibility for the promissory note and all other agreements that you sign;
notify the loan service of changes in your name, address, or school status, if you have a loan;
perform in a satisfactory manner the work that is agreed upon in accepting a College work-study job;
know and comply with the deadlines for application or reapplication for aid;
know and comply with your school's refund procedures;
meet satisfactory academic progress requirements.

To receive full-time federal, state, and institutional financial assistance, you must be enrolled as a full-time student. Full-time status according to the regulations governing most financial aid programs is 12 credit hours. Intersession credits can be applied to the spring semester.


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