My Rights and Responsibilities
Please read your rights and responsibilities regarding your financial aid to ensure you are well informed about investing in your college education and your future.
Students have the right to ask the Financial Aid Office:
- What are the types of financial assistance programs available?
- What are the deadlines for submitting applications for each of the financial aid programs?
- What is the cost of attendance?
- What are the policies on refunds to students who withdraw?
- What criteria are used to select financial aid recipients?
- How is financial need – including costs for tuition, room and board, books and supplies, transportation, and personal miscellaneous – determined?
- What resources (such as family contribution or other financial aid) are considered in calculating a student’s need?
- How much of a student’s financial need, as determined by the institution, has been met?
- How and when will funds be disbursed?
- Explain the various programs in a student’s financial aid package. If a student believes he or she has been treated unfairly, he or she may request reconsideration of the award which was made.
- What portion of the financial aid you receive must be repaid, and what portion is grant aid? If the assistance is a loan, a student has the right to know the interest rate, the total amount that must be repaid, the payback procedures, the length of time he or she has to repay the loan, and when repayment is to begin.
- How does MSOE determine whether satisfactory academic progress (SAP) is being made, and what happens if SAP is not made?
It is the student’s responsibility to:
- Review and consider all information about a university’s program before enrolling.
- Pay special attention to the FAFSA, complete it accurately and submit it in a timely manner to the correct place.
- Intentional misreporting of information on application forms for federal financial aid is a violation of law and is considered a criminal offense subject to penalties under the U.S. Criminal Code.
- Provide all documentation, corrections and/or new information requested by either the Financial Aid Office or the agency to which the application was submitted.
- Notify the Financial Aid Office of any changes in enrollment status, name, address and any aid obtained from private sources. A student must keep the office and any lender informed of withdrawal or graduation.
- Read, understand, and keep copies of all forms.
- Accept responsibility for all signed agreements.
- Know and comply with the deadlines for application or reapplication of aid. Students must reapply for aid each academic year.
- Know and comply with MSOE’s refund procedures.
- Know that any financial aid awarded should be used solely for expenses related to attendance at MSOE.
Drug Conviction Impact on Federal Student Aid
A federal or state drug conviction can disqualify a student for federal and state financial aid. MSOE will review all information that is submitted by students on the FAFSA application that confirm they have a drug conviction. Students will be notified at the time their FAFSA application is reviewed of their ineligibility and given the information on how to regain eligibility.
Convictions only count if they were for an offense that occurred during a period of enrollment for which the student was receiving federal student financial aid. If a MSOE student is convicted of a drug offense during an academic year they will be ineligible for future federal and state financial aid based on the guidelines outlined in the Federal Student Aid Handbook.
The chart below illustrates the period of ineligibility for federal and state financial aid, depending on whether the conviction was for sale or possession and whether the student had previous offenses. (A conviction for sale of drugs includes convictions for conspiring to sell drugs.)
|Possession of Illegal Drugs||Sale of Illegal Drugs|
|1st offense||One year from date of conviction||
Two years from date of conviction
|2nd offense||Two years from date of conviction||
A student regains eligibility the day after the period of ineligibility ends or when he successfully completes a qualified drug rehabilitation program or passes two unannounced drug tests given by such a program. Further drug convictions will make him ineligible again.
Students denied eligibility for an indefinite period can regain it after successfully completing rehabilitation program, passing two unannounced drug tests from such a program, or if a conviction is reversed, set aside, or removed from the student’s record so that fewer than two convictions for sale or three convictions for possession remain on the record. In such cases, the nature and dates of the remaining convictions will determine when the student regains eligibility.