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Student Financial Aid Rights and Responsibilities

Student Rights
As a student receiving financial aid at Walters State Community College

You have the right to know:

  • That the information you give to the Student Financial Aid Office will be treated confidentially as mandated by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
  • What financial assistance is available, including all federal, state, and institutional aid programs.
  • The procedures and deadlines for submitting applications for each financial aid program (including federal, state, and institutional aid programs).
  • How your financial aid awards were calculated, the criteria to receive each award, and how the funds will be distributed or disbursed.
  • The terms of any employment program you participate in.
  • Walters State's refund policy and the federal Return to Title IV policy.

You have the right to accept or decline:

  • Any of your financial aid award(s).

You have the right to submit an Academic Progress Appeal:

  • If you do not meet the Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress.

Student Responsibilities
As a student receiving financial aid at Walters State Community College

You are responsible for:

  • Providing accurate information to the Student Financial Aid Office.
  • Reapplying for financial aid each and every year.
  • Completing applications correctly and on time.
  • Meeting appropriate deadlines.
  • Reading and understanding all materials sent to you from the Student Financial Aid Office and all forms you are asked to submit or sign.
  • Requesting personal assistance if you have questions or don't understand the information provided to you.
  • Submitting documentation and information requested by the Student Financial Aid Office in a timely manner and keeping copies for your own records.
  • Checking your StarNET account regularly.
  • Notifying the College of any name or address changes.
  • Knowing and complying with the rules governing your financial aid awards.
  • Attending classes and completing the requirements for each course in which you enroll.
  • Compliance with Walter States' refund policy and Federal Return to Title IV Aid policy, should you withdraw from the College (either officially or unofficially).
  • Notifying the Student Financial Aid Office of any financial awards you receive from outside resources (including scholarships, grants, Veteran's Benefits, tuition waivers, or other educational/tuition assistance) not already listed on your Financial Aid Award information available via your StarNET account.
  • The repayment of all loans in accordance with the terms of your promissory note. You are responsible for notifying your lender if any of the following occurs before your loan is repaid: change of address, graduation, withdrawal from or less than half-time attendance, name change, or transfer to another institution.
  • Maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress.
  • Using financial aid for educational expenses incurred while attending.
  • The repayment of any overaward of financial aid.