Rights and Responsibilities
last modified 2011-05-19 10:45 AM
Listed below are a students financial aid rights and responsibilities.
As a student financial aid recipient, it is your responsibility to:
- Apply for financial aid each year by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and submitting all required documents to the Office of Financial Aid. Financial Aid is not automatically renewed each year.
- Complete and submit application materials within required time frames.
- Provide additional documentation or information as requested by the MLC Financial Aid Office.
- Read and understand all materials sent to you from the MLC Financial Aid Office and keep copies of all forms you sign.
- Comply with the provision of any promissory note and all other agreements you sign.
- Know and comply with the federal, state, and institutional rules governing the financial aid you receive. This information is on the FAFSA, on the materials sent with your award notification, and on the MLC Financial Aid website. The rules include, but are not limited to, not being in default on any prior educational loan and not owing a refund on a federal grant due to repayment.
- Report other sources of student financial aid to the MLC Financial Aid Office.
- Use student financial aid proceeds solely for direct educational costs and related living expenses.
- Know the implications that dropping a course or withdrawing from MLC will have on your student financial aid.
- Maintain satisfactory academic progress.
- Check your MLC assigned email account and the MLC Portal often since important information is distributed via these media.
- Pay all outstanding balance charges appearing on your MLC student account.
As a student financial aid recipient, you have the right to:
- Know the correct procedures for applying for student financial aid, your cost of attendance, and the types of aid available.
- Know how financial need is determined, what the criteria are for awarding financial aid, how satisfactory academic progress is determined, and what you have to do to continue receiving aid.
- Know the type and amount of assistance you will receive, how much of your financial need has been met, and how and when you will receive your financial aid funds.
- View the contents of your student financial aid file, in accordance with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
- Know the conditions of any loan you accept.
- Appeal any decision with the MLC Financial Aid Office in regard to your financial aid application.
- Notify the MLC Financial Aid Office any any of the following:
- Outside resources, such as scholarships, congregation aid, district aid, etc. -- all of which must be counted as financial assistance and could possibly reduce/eliminate an existing federal award.
- Changes in your enrollment status, residency, academic program or classification.
- If you have defaulted, filed bankruptcy or filed for disability discharge on a federal student loan or you are in the process of filing bankruptcy on an educational loan.