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Rights and Responsibilities of Financial Aid Recipients

As a student receiving financial aid at CSU Long Beach, it is your responsibility to know and comply with the rules governing the aid you receive. Below is a listing of certain rights to which you are entitled, and certain obligations for which you are responsible as an aid recipient at CSU Long Beach.

Rights of All Aid Recipients

As a student receiving financial aid at CSU Long Beach, you have the right to:

  • Know that the information pertaining to your financial aid application and awards is kept confidential as mandated by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) .
  • Know the cost to attend CSU, Long Beach (including fees, books, room/board, personal expenses, and transportation).
  • Seek financial aid counseling.
  • Know what financial aid programs are available at CSU, Long Beach – including all federal, state, and institutional aid programs.
  • Know the application procedures and deadlines for each of the available programs.
  • Know how your financial aid was determined , including what resources (such as assets, earnings, parental contribution, etc.) were considered in the calculation of your expected family contribution (EFC).
  • Know how much of your financial aid is loan and how much is grant. If the award is a loan, you have the right to know the amount which must be repaid, the interest rate, the amount of each payment, the length of time you have to repay, and when repayment will begin.
  • Know your application will be evaluated using the same system of need analysis applied to all students.
  • Know what portion of your calculated financial need will be met.
  • Know how your financial aid will be disbursed.
  • Accept or decline any of your financial aid awards.
  • Know the financial aid repayment and refund policy.
  • How the Office of Financial Aid determines whether you are making satisfactory academic progress, and what happens if you are not.
  • You have the right to receive a full and clear explanation of financial aid decisions. You may appeal decisions if you disagree with them.

Responsibilities of All Aid Recipients

As a student receiving financial aid at CSU Long Beach, you have a responsibility to:

  • Complete all applications and forms accurately.
  • Comply with all financial aid application deadlines.
  • Reapply for financial aid each year you are enrolled at CSU Long Beach, and wish to be considered for financial aid.
  • Provide correct information. Misrepresented information on financial aid applications and forms is a violation of federal law and may be considered a criminal offense.
  • Read and understand all documents you are asked to sign and keep copies for your records.
  • Return any additional documentation and new information requested by the Office of Financial Aid.
  • Request assistance if you have questions or don’t understand the information provided to you.
  • Check MyCSULB on a regular basis to ensure there are no outstanding items on your To-Do List.
  • Notify the University of any name or address changes.
  • Update your email address on MyCSULB to ensure receipt of notifications.
  • Know and comply with the rules governing your financial aid awards.
  • Notify the Office of Financial Aid if you drop below full-time enrollment during any semester. Full-time enrollment is 12 units for undergraduates and nine units for graduates.
  • Notify the Office of Financial Aid of any financial aid awards you receive from outside resources (including scholarships, grants, Veteran’s Benefits, tuition waivers, or other educational/tuition assistance) not already listed on your Financial Aid Award Summary.
  • Seek advice from a tax professional to determine if any portion of grants, fellowships, or scholarships are considered taxable income.
  • Complete Loan Entrance Counseling and an electronic Master Promissory Note if you are a first-time borrower of Stafford loans.
  • Complete Stafford Loan Exit Counseling or Perkins Loan exit counseling before you graduate, transfer, or withdraw from CSU, Long Beach (if you have borrowed a Federal Perkins Loan or a Federal Direct Stafford Loan).
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress.
  • Use financial aid for educational expenses incurred while attending CSU Long Beach.
  • Repay any over-award of financial aid.

Additional Responsibilities of Federal Work-Study (FWS) Recipients

If you have been offered – and accepted – Federal Work Study as part of your financial aid awards, you have the following responsibilities:

  • Find a Work-Study job using CareerLINK.
  • Complete all necessary employee hiring forms.
  • Maintain the work schedule you and your supervisor agree to.
  • Complete all work assignments to the best of your ability.
  • Conduct yourself in a professional manner at all times.
  • Notify your supervisor if you cannot report to work.
  • Not working during your scheduled class times.
  • Carefully monitor your earnings so you donít exceed your award for the academic year.
  • Maintain enrollment in at least 6 units each semester while participating in the FWS program.