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Students Rights and Responsibilities

1. Complete and submit application materials to the appropriate agencies within required or recommended time frames.
  •  Complete your FAFSA each year at least 3 months prior to the semester that you will be attending.
  •  New Jersey residents must meet all deadlines set by the new Jersey Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA). Deadlines can be found at www.hesaa.org.
  •  Read all materials sent to you from the Financial Aid Office and other agencies awarding you aid. Read, understand, and keep copies of all forms you sign.
2. Know and comply with the rules governing the aid you receive. These rules include but are not limited to:
  •  You must not be in default on any prior educational loan.
  • You must not owe a refund on any Federal Aid.
3. Provide additional documentation, federal tax returns, W-2's, and any additional information if requested by the Financial Aid Office or HESAA. Be sure to provide the information to the office that requested it.

4. Comply with the provisions of any promissory note and all other agreements you sign.

5. Complete the registration process each semester by the end of the drop/add period in order to ensure availability of all student aid funds you have been awarded.
Note: Some aid programs are limited and may be subject to cancellation if your registration process is not completed by the end of the drop/add period.
6. Use student financial aid proceeds solely for direct educational costs and related living expenses.
7. Know the implications that dropping a course or withdrawing from Union County College will have on your student financial aid.
8. Students who are receiving federal financial aid funds must make satisfactory academic progress towards completing their degree program in a timely manner. You must meet these minimum requirements in order to participate in the federal aid programs. Union County College offers a number of resources to help you succeed academically and we expect that you will fully utilize them. These resources include:
9. Student financial aid recipients who complete a semester receiving all F-grades (or any combination of F, UF and W grades) as a result of non-attendance will have their aid adjusted according to federal regulations and will be required to repay part or all of the federal/state student aid funds received.
10. Report private sources of student financial aid to the Financial Aid Office. Please submit a copy of your outside scholarship award letter to the Office of Student Loans and Scholarships.
11. Keep your local and permanent addresses current with the Admissions Office :
1.  Know the correct procedures for applying for student financial aid, your cost of attendance , and the types of aid available.

2. Know how financial need is determined, what the criteria are for awarding aid, how academic progress is determined, and what you have to do to continue receiving aid.

3. Know the type and amount of assistance you will receive, how much of your need has been met, and how and when you will receive your aid funds.

4. View the contents of your student financial aid file, in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.

5. Know the conditions of any loan you accept.

6. Know the terms, conditions, and pay rate for any student job you accept under the Federal Work Study Program.

7. Appeal any decision with Financial Aid Office in regard to your application. Appeals should be filed no later than 30 days after the original notification that you have been denied aid.
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