Student Rights and Responsibilities for Financial Aid
Rights and Responsibilities
Students who are completing a FASFA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) have certain rights and responsibilities. If you meet your responsibilities and receive Federal Student Aid, you also have certain rights.
• File an accurate FASFA
• Comply with requests for documentation from the Financial Aid Office.
• Report any additional financial resources you receive from other sources to avoid over awards of federal funds.
• Attend all courses you enroll in.
• Officially withdraw from courses rather than stop attending.
• Maintain Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress to continue receiving Federal Student Aid.
• Submit a FAFSA ever year to receive Federal Student Aid.
• Repay any federal funds received in excess of your eligibility.
• Do not default on a Federal Student loan.
• Pursue an eligible OCCC degree or certificate program.
• Abide by College policies regarding drug and alcohol use.
• Abide by College policies regarding unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material and peer-to-peer file sharing.
• Regularly check your student email, OCCC's main source of communication.
Right to Know
- The requirements to complete the Verification process if your FAFSA is selected for verification.
- Cost of Attending OCCC.
- About the awards you have been offered and how to access your award offer letter.
- How the Financial Aid Office disburses funds by specific program requirements.
- The schedule of disbursement for Federal Student Aid. Disbursement.
- How to cancel your student loan and return your loan funds returned to the Direct Loan Program
- Information about eligibility for Federal Student Aid to participate in a Study Abroad Program.
- How to accept and apply for Federal Work Study student employment.
- How and when you will be paid Federal Work Study.
- Satisfactory Academic Progress criteria and your right to appeal for a review of your circumstances if you do not meet criteria.
- How to properly withdraw from your courses.
- Requirements of the financial aid office to calculate a return of Federal Student Aid funds if you fail to begin attendance in a course or courses, totally withdraw from all your courses, or failure to successfully complete your courses in a semester.
- You may request the Financial Aid Office to review changes in your family circumstances impacting your ability to pay for college.
- You may request the Financial Aid Office review your dependency status.
- General information about the College, academic programs, your privacy rights, graduation rates, etc.
- A Consortium Agreement allows you to take courses that apply to your OCCC degree at another college and receive financial aid for the approved courses.