Student Rights and Responsibilities

As a student, you have the right to know:

  • What financial aid programs are available and how to apply for them;
  • Procedures and deadlines for submitting the FAFSA and any additional forms for financial aid;
  • All records and information submitted with your application for financial aid are confidential, and is subject to legal requirements (FERPA) concerning disclosure of such information;
  • Cost of attendance and how financial need is determined;
  • The type and amount of assistance you will receive, and how and when you will be paid;
  • The eligibility criteria for awarding aid;
  • The terms and conditions of any loan you accept;
  • The job description and starting pay rate for any student job you accept;
  • How Satisfactory Academic Progress is determined;
  • That you can appeal your Satisfactory Academic Progress status;
  • Requirements in the case of withdrawal, refunds, and repayment of financial aid;
  • Your financial aid package can be reviewed upon your request if you or your family’s financial circumstances have changed or there is change in your family do to death or divorce;
  • Campus security, crime statistics and all other Student Right to Know information.

As a student, you have the responsibility to:

  • Establish plans to meet your educational and living expenses;
  • Obtain and complete any necessary financial aid application forms and submit them in a timely manner;
  • Read, understand, and retain copies of all information and/or forms that are sent to you and all other documents you sign;
  • To regularly check your MyDSU and Dmail student email account for correspondence from DSU and the Financial Aid & Scholarships Office;
  • To provide complete and correct information. Reporting false or misleading information may result in you being fined up to $20,000, sent to prison, or both;
  • To contact the Student Financial Aid Office if you want your loan reduced or canceled. Once you have completed the Federal Direct Loan Master Promissory Note, and completed Loan Entrance Counseling if you are a first-time borrower, the semester portion of the requested loan amount will disburse to your HigherOne account. You must contact our office in writing within 14 days of the disbursement if you want the loan reduced or canceled, unless a refund of loan funds has already been disbursed by the DSU Business Office;
  • To meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress policies and standards of DSU in order to maintain financial aid eligibility;
  • To report to the DSU Financial Aid & Scholarships Office any money you receive from sources outside of DSU (i.e. Rotary Scholarships, employee reimbursement. other scholarships, etc.);
  • Read, understand, and retain copies of all information and/or forms that are sent to you and all other documents you sign;
  • Comply with the provisions of any aid received, as well as any promissory note(s) and all other agreements you sign;
  • Keep DSU informed of any change of address, name or marital status while you are a student, and until all student loans have been repaid in full;
  • Use aid only for educational expenses related to attending DSU;
  • Register and attend classes for the number of hours required for your aid disbursement;
  • Perform satisfactorily in any work assignments accepted through student employment programs.