Financial Aid Rights and Responsibilities

In applying for financial aid, you accept certain rights and responsibilities. Failure to comply with your responsibilities may result in the cancellation or reduction of your financial aid.

 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.
  • 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 CCC 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, total amount to be repaid, 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 financial aid disbursements.
  • Know the terms, conditions, and pay rate for any student job you accept
  • Appeal any decision with the CCC Financial Aid Office in regard to your financial aid application.
  • CCC’s refund policy.
  • The satisfactory academic progress requirements and procedures for aid recipients.

As a student you have the responsibility to:

  • Be aware of your ability to pay any institutional charges based on your available financial aid and personal resources.
  • 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, assistantships, 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.
  • Know and comply with all CCC policies and procedures
  • Reapply for financial aid each year by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and submitting all required documents to the UI OSFA. Financial aid is not automatically renewed each year.
  • Comply with the provisions of any promissory note and all other agreements you sign.
  • Check your student email account often since some information and requests are sent via email.
  • Keep your permanent addresses current with the CCC Registrar's Office
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress (SAP).
  • Know the implications that dropping a course or withdrawing from the CCC will have on your student financial aid.
  • Use student financial aid proceeds solely for direct educational costs and related living expenses.
  • Use financial aid funds solely for educational purposes.
  • Declare a degree and only enroll in classes that are part of this associate degree or certificate offered by CCC. 
  • Financial aid cannot pay for classes that do not count toward that degree objective at CCC.