Financial Aid: Student Rights and Responsibilities
As a student you have the right to:
- Know what financial assistance is available to you, including all federal, state, and institutional financial aid
programs as well as the frequency and timing of financial aid disbursements.
- Know the deadlines for submitting applications for applicable financial aid programs and the process required.
- Know how your financial need is determined, including how cost of attendance budgets are developed.
- Know what resources are considered in the calculation of your financial need, and how much of your need as
determined by Durham Tech has been met.
- An explanation of the types of aid contained in your financial aid award as well as how to retain eligibility for
those funds (if applicable).
- Request a review of your current financial situation if you meet certain criteria based on changes since filing the
current aid year FAFSA application.
- Know what portion of your aid package is grant or gift aid, and what portion must be repaid. In addition, you have
the right to know interest rates, procedures for repayment, when repayment begins, and how long you have to
repay the loan.
- Know the criteria for continued financial aid eligibility, including guidelines for the determination of Satisfactory
Academic Progress as defined by the Department of Education.
- Know the method and frequency of academic progress evaluations as well as financial aid disbursements.
As a student you have the responsibility to:
- Know and comply with all policies and procedures of Durham Technical Community College.
- Be aware of your ability to pay any institutional charges based on your available financial aid and personal
- Review and understand the terms and conditions of your financial aid award.
- Complete all requirements accurately, in a timely manner, and by the appropriate deadlines.
- Inform us of any outside scholarships or additional resources that you receive.
- Fill out the FAFSA application completely and accurately. If selected for verification you will provide all
requested documents in a timely manner, and ensure that all submitted materials are complete and accurate.
Falsification of information on application forms for federal financial assistance is considered a criminal offense,
and you may be subject to penalties under the U.S. Criminal Code.
- Read and understand all forms that you are asked to submit or sign, realizing that you are legally responsible for
all agreements that you sign.
- Manage your financial aid experience.
Loan Rights and Responsibilities
Please also review information about Federal Student loan process at http://www.direct.ed.gov/applying.html or read the rights and responsibilities pdf document at http://www.direct.ed.gov/pubs/dlrights.pdf.