Student Rights and Responsibilities for Financial Aid

Student Rights and Responsibilities for Financial Aid


Rights and Responsibilities

Students who are completing a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) have certain rights and responsibilities. If you receive Federal Student Aid, you also have certain rights and responsibilities.

Your Responsibilities

  • Submit an accurate FAFSA every year.
  • Login to your MineOnline to review your financial aid status.
  • Regularly check your student email, OCCC's main source of communication.
  • Submit all requested documents to the Financial Aid Office.
  • Report any financial aid you receive from other sources to prevent over-awards.
  • Attend all courses you enroll in.
  • Officially withdraw from courses rather than stop attending.
  • Maintain Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress. 
  • 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 of drug and alcohol use.
  • Abide by College policies of unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material and peer-to-peer file sharing. 

Right to Know

  • 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.