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Students Rights and Responsibilities          

YOUR RIGHTS AS A FINANCIAL AID RECIPIENT

  • Any information regarding your application for aid is protected by the Student Privacy Act and is kept confidential.
  • If you have questions about how your aid eligibility was determined, contact the Office of Financial Aid.
  • If you have questions about If your family experiences financial difficulty which you feel would affect and perhaps increase your eligibility for aid (disability, death, unemployment, divorce, etc.) you may present documentation of these circumstances. At that time, your application for aid may be reconsidered, if funds permit.
  • Students who do not meet academic satisfactory progress standards, and are unable to document mitigating circumstances such as a change in a program of study, illness, death in the family, etc., may appeal the suspension of financial aid eligibility. Contact the Office of Financial Aid for further information.

YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES AS A FINANCIAL AID RECIPIENT

I understand that federal regulations permit Florida Gateway College to automatically apply financial aid funds (for example, Federal Pell Grant, SEOG Grant, FSAG Grant, Direct Loans, TEACH) that are awarded to me to my tuition and fees.  In addition, I understand that these financial aid funds may be applied to my other cost-of attendance charges, including charges that I incurred during previous semesters up to $200. Examples of these charges include but are not limited to bookstore charges, emergency short-term loans, NSF charges, prior years’ tuition and fees and other charges billed on my student account.

I understand that any outside resource such as stipends, service awards, or any other payment from an outside agency may affect my financial aid award. I am responsible for notifying the Financial Aid Office if I receive additional funds before or after receiving financial aid funds so that adjustments can be made to eliminate possible over awards.

I understand that awards are conditional pending meeting of Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements and that the Financial Aid Office reserves the right to review and cancel awards for failure to meet SAP criteria.

I understand that after registering for classes, if I decide not to attend, it is my responsibility to drop or withdraw within the published timeframes. If I fail to do so, the classes will remain on my student record.

I understand that is my responsibility as a student to immediately notify The Office of Financial Aid of any changes in status (course, program, drop/add, withdrawal, transcripts recieved or updated, etc.)

RETURN OF TITLE IV FUNDS

When a student awarded federal Title IV aid withdraws from, receives all F’s or I’s, or ceases attendance in ALL COURSES prior to completing more than 60 percent of a term, a portion of the student’s Title IV aid must be returned to the federal programs. Title IV aid includes Federal Pell Grant, Federal SEOG, TEACH & DIRECT Loans. The Federal Work-study aid and FSAG aid are not included. Florida Gateway College must determine the percentage of Title IV aid earned by the student. Up to the 60% point of the term, the percentage of earned aid is equal to the percentage of the term completed based on the day the student withdraws from or ceases attendance in ALL COURSES. After the 60% point of the term, the percentage of aid is earned is 100%. If the student receives more Title IV aid than the amount earned, the unearned amount is considered overpayment and must be returned to the Title IV programs. Florida Gateway College will be responsible for returning to the Title IV programs the lesser of the unearned amount of the Title IV aid or the institutional charges (tuition & fees) incurred for the term, multiplied by the percentage of unearned aid. The student will be responsible for returning to the Title IV programs the unearned amount of aid (overpayment) minus the amount Florida Gateway College returns, and the amount of any unpaid institutional charges to Florida Gateway College.

I understand that I accept responsibility for paying all debts owed to the College including, but not limited to, tuition, fees, books, collection costs, and attorney’s fees for which I may be liable.

Once awarded financial aid a student must meet the required SAP Standards:

  • Grade Point Average (GPA): Students must meet the following cumulative GPA of 2.0 overall.
  • Completion Rate: Financial aid students must also complete at least 67% of the credit hours they attempt each semester and overall.
  • Maximum Time Frame: Students lose their financial aid eligibility once they cannot complete their degree within 150% of the number of credit hours it takes to graduate.