Student Rights and Responsibilities
As a financial aid recipient, you have certain rights and responsibilities and should be well informed of how the financial aid process works.
You Have the Right to Know:
- What financial assistance is available for Cal Poly Students.
- The deadlines for submitting applications for financial aid programs.
- The cost of attending Cal Poly.
- How your financial aid application was analyzed and your award was determined using the standard need analysis.
- If your financial aid will sufficiently cover your costs.
- The portion of the financial aid you receive that must be repaid and what portion is considered a gift.
- That grants and scholarships are considered taxable income.
- Your loan repayment terms, including the interest rate, total amount to be repaid and procedure for repayment.
- How you will receive your aid each quarter.
- Financial Aid’s Satisfactory Academic Progress policy and the consequences of failing to maintain satisfactory progress.
- That your financial aid information is kept confidential.
- That you may request a review of your financial aid application.
You Are Responsible for and Required To:
- Complete all application forms accurately. Misrepresented information on financial aid applications is a violation of federal law and is considered a criminal offense.
- Be aware of and meet all financial aid application deadlines.
- Assume responsibility for repayment of all loans accepted.
- Complete mandatory loan entrance and exit counseling if you have accepted any loans.
- Maintain Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).
- Know the changes that might affect your financial aid including the repayment policy if you withdraw.
- Return any additional documentation, verification, or corrections requested.
- Submit all required documents no later than the last day of your enrollment during the academic year.
- Notify the Financial Aid Office if you will not attend a quarter, if you change your name, address, marital status, or number of dependents, if you receive an outside scholarship, and if there are changes in resources available to you.