Rights and Responsibilities of Federal Student Aid Recipients

As a student financial aid recipient, it is your responsibility to:

  • Complete and submit application materials to the appropriate agencies within required or recommended time frames.
  • 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.
  • Know and comply with the rules governing the aid you receive. These rules include but are not limited to:
  • Provide additional documentation, federal tax returns, W-2s, and other information if requested by the Financial Aid Office.
  • Comply with the provisions of any promissory note and all other agreements you sign.
  • Complete the registration process each quarter by the end of the drop/add period in order to ensure availability of all student aid funds you have been awarded.
  • Use student financial aid proceeds solely for direct educational costs and related living expense.
  • Know the implications that dropping a course or withdrawing from Walla Walla University will have on your student financial aid.
  • Students who are receiving federal financial aid funds must make satisfactory academic progress towards completing their degree in a timely manner. You must meet these minimum requirements in order to participate in the federal aid programs.
  • Report private sources of student financial aid to the Financial Aid Office and submit a copy of your outside scholarship award letter to the Financial Aid Office.
  • Reapply for financial aid on an annual basis.
  • Keep your local and permanent addresses current with the Records Office.
  • Complete Federal Loans Exit Counseling and/or Exit Counseling for Perkins, Nursing, and Institutional Loans.

As a student financial aid recipient, you have the right to:

  • Know the correct procedures for applying for student financial aid, your cost of attendance, and the types of aid available.
  • Know how financial need is determined, what the criteria are for awarding aid, how academic progress is determined, and what you will have to do to continue receiving aid.
  • 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.
  • View the contents of your student financial aid file, in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.
  • Know the conditions of any loan you accept.
  • Know the terms, conditions, and pay rate for any student job you accept under the Federal Work Study Program.
  • Request a review of your aid award if you believe a mistake has been made or if your enrollment status, or family and/or financial circumstances have changed.
Page maintained by Stephanie Onthank
Last update on October 8, 2013