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Student Rights and Responsibilities

Make sure you are familiar with all of your student rights and responsibilities.

Each year, more than 63,000 Penn State students request student financial assistance to help with the cost of education. Federal, state, and institutional resources partner with you and your family to help meet your educational costs.

You, as a student financial aid recipient, have a number of responsibilities and rights

Your responsibilities

  • Read all materials sent to you from the Office of Student Aid and other awarding agencies. Read, understand, and keep copies of all forms you sign.
  • Complete and submit application materials to the appropriate agencies within required or recommended time frames.
  • Know and comply with the rules governing the aid you receive. These rules include but are not limited to: one, you must not be in default on any prior educational loan and two, you must not owe a refund on a Federal Pell Grant or a Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) due to repayment or adjustment.
  • Provide documentation, federal tax returns, W-2s, and any additional information requested by our office.
  • Comply with the provisions of any promissory note and all other agreements you sign.
  • Complete the registration process each semester by the end of the drop/add period in order to ensure availability of all financial aid funds that you have been awarded. Some aid programs are limited and may be subject to cancellation if your registration process is not completed by the end of the drop/add period.
  • Use student financial aid solely for direct educational costs and related living expenses.
  • Know the financial aid implications of dropping a course or withdrawing from Penn State.
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress.
  • Keep your local and permanent addresses current with the Office of the University Registrar.
  • Report private sources of student financial aid to the Student Financial Services at the address below. Please submit a copy of your outside scholarship award letter to:

Student Financial Services
Outside Scholarships
The Pennsylvania State University
108 Shields Building
University Park, PA 16802

F-Grades

Student financial aid recipients who receive one or more F-grades in a semester may have their aid adjusted according to federal regulations and may be required to repay part or all of the federal or state funds received in that semester.

  • If you receive all F-Grades, you will be required to complete the Loan Exit Interview on eLion in order to fulfill University policy and federal regulations.
  • If you do not complete the Loan Exit Interview, your registration and transcript may be placed on hold.

Your rights

  • 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 have to do to continue receiving aid.
  • Understand 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.
  • Appeal any decision with our office in regard to your application.