Student Rights & Responsibilities

Students have the right to ask questions:

  1. What financial assistance is available, including information on federal, state, and institutional financial aid programs.
  2. What the cost of attendance is and what the policies are for students who withdraw.
  3. What criteria are used to select financial aid recipients and what the deadlines are for submitting applications.
  4. How financial need is determined. The process includes how costs for tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, personal and miscellaneous expenses, etc. are considered in a budget.
  5. What resources (such as family contribution, other financial aid, assets, etc.) are considered in calculating financial need.
  6. For an explanation of the various funds in their financial package. What portion of the aid received must be repaid and what portion is grant aid.
  7. How academic progress is determined and what happens if they are not making progress.

Students are responsible for the following:

  1. Reviewing information about programs at GCC before enrolling.
  2. Completing a financial aid application accurately and on time. Intentional misreporting on the application forms for federal financial aid is a violation of law and is considered a criminal offense subject to penalties under U.S. Criminal Code. Students must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) every year.
  3. Submitting all additional documentation, verification, corrections and/or new information requested.
  4. Reading and understanding all forms they are asked to sign and keeping copies of them. Accepting responsibility for all agreements signed.
  5. Informing the loan holder of changes in their name, address, or enrollment status if the student has borrowed a FFELP or Direct loan.
  6. Performing work in a satisfactory manner during participation in the Federal College Work-Study Program.
  7. Knowing and complying with deadlines for application and renewal application.
  8. Knowing and complying with refund procedures.
  9. Attending classes.