Rights and Responsibilities

Federal, state, and institutional student financial aid is a privilege, which creates both rights and responsibilities. Please review and understand your rights and responsibilities associated with being a financial aid applicant, recipient, and a student loan borrower.

You have the right to:

  • Know what Types of Financial Aid are available
  • Know and understand the authorized educational expenses involved in your Cost of Attendance
  • Be informed about the Financial Aid Application Process
  • Understand how financial need is determined and how outside resources may affect your aid eligibility
  • Understand your award and the guidelines of the aid programs involved; what portion of your aid that must be repaid and what portion may be gift aid
  • Know and understand the refund policies pertaining to dropping and the return of federal aid as a result of withdrawing from all your coursework
  • Understand the requirements of Satisfactory Academic Progress for continued receipt of financial aid and the appeal process if you have lost aid eligibility
  • Understand when and how financial aid disbursements and refunds will occur
  • Confidential protection of your financial aid record in accordance to the Federal Family Educational Right and Privacy Act (FERPA)

You have the responsibility to:

  • Meet the general Eligibility Requirements for federal student aid
  • Realize that you (and your family, if applicable) are primarily responsible for your educational costs
  • Respond promptly and return all required additional documentation, corrections, and/or new information to the Office of Financial Aid
  • Report all outside resources that may be received throughout the aid year
  • Keep copies of all forms and agreements you sign
  • Understand that your award is used only for educational costs incurred while enrolled at the UNH College of Professional Studies
  • Know and comply with the deadlines for application of student aid
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress to continue receipt of student aid
  • Know the implications on your financial aid when dropping and/or withdrawing from coursework
  • Notify the Office of Financial Aid of any changes in your anticipated enrollment since it may affect your eligibility
  • Complete Entrance and Exit Counseling if you receive a federal student loan
  • Read all disclosure statements provided to you by the Department of Education
  • Perform and complete satisfactory work assignments accepted through the Federal Work Study program (if applicable)