Financial Aid Office
Student Rights and Responsibilities
You have the right to know:
- the available financial aid
programs. They are listed in
the Financial Aid section of
the Course Catalog and on the Web at
- deadlines for submitting applications
for each available
financial aid program.
- how financial aid will be distributed,
how decisions on that
distribution are made and the
basis for these decisions. (Contact the Financial Aid Office.)
- how your financial need was
determined. This includes how
costs for tuition and fees, room
and board, travel, books and
supplies, personal and miscellaneous
expenses, etc., are
considered in your budget. (See
Official Offer of Award letter.)
- what resources (such as parental
contribution, other financial
aid, your assets, etc.) were
considered in the calculation of
your need. (Contact the Financial
- how much of your financial
need has been met, as determined
by the institution. (See
Official Offer of Award letter.)
- request an explanation of the
various programs in your student
aid package. If you believe
you have been treated unfairly,
you may request reconsideration
of your award. (Contact the Financial Aid Office.)
- the school’s refund policy. (See
Costs section of this Catalog.)
- what portion of the financial
aid received must be repaid
and what portion is grant aid.
If the aid is a loan, you have
the right to know the interest
rate, the total amount that
must be repaid, the payback
procedure, the length of time
you have to repay the loan,
when repayment begins, the
terms, and schedules for the repayment of student loans. (Contact the Financial Aid Office or see Promissory Note.)
- how the school determines
satisfactory progress, what
happens if you are not meeting
the requirements, and how
to re-establish eligibility for
financial aid. (See Satisfactory
Academic Progress Policy.)
- that LSSU programs are accessible
to the handicapped.
Further information is available
from the Ability Center for Exceptional Students (ACES), Lake Superior State
University, 650 W. Easterday
Ave., Sault Ste. Marie, MI
49783. The ACES is located in
room 149 of the Library.
- how and when financial aid will
- that you are entitled by law to
examine records maintained
in the Financial Aid Office that
relate to your financial aid file.
- the school’s completion and
graduation rates and crime statistics.
(See LSSU Public Safety Web site for report.)
- the names of associations, agencies
or governmental bodies that
approve, accredit or license the University programs. Copies
of the accreditation documents
are available upon request. (See Accreditation.)
- You are responsible for obtaining
all the forms required to
apply for the type of assistance
you wish to receive. You must
complete all application forms accurately and submit them on time to the right place.
- You must provide correct information.
In most instances,
on financial aid application
forms is a violation of law and
may be considered a criminal
offense that could result in indictment under the United States criminal code.
- You must return all additional
corrections, and/or new information
requested by either
the Financial Aid Office or the
agency to which you submitted your application on a timely basis.
- You are responsible for reading and understanding all forms you are asked to sign and for
keeping copies of them.
- You must accept responsibility for all agreements you sign.
- You must do the work agreed upon in accepting a work study award.
- You must be aware of and
comply with deadlines for application or reapplication for aid.
- You are responsible for reporting
changes that might affect your eligibility for financial aid including:
- change in address or type of residency (e.g., dorm to commuter)
- changes in enrollment status (e.g., dropping classes or withdrawing)
- changes in marital status
- all non-LSSU aid received.
- If you have a loan, you are
required to repay it and notify
your lender of changes in name or address. You should also know the name and address of your lender.
- Be aware of your school’s refund procedures.
- All schools must provide
information to prospective
students about the school’s
programs and performance.
You should consider this information carefully before deciding to attend.