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Rights and Responsibilities

As a student receiving financial aid at Mt. San Jacinto College, you have certain rights and responsibilities. This section presents an overview of these rights and responsibilities, including:

  • Satisfactory academic progress: Learn about how your grades, units, and enrollment affect the financial aid you receive and how to file an appeal if you do not meet requirements.
  • Your privacy: In accordance with the Federal Education Right to Privacy Act your financial aid information cannot be disclosed without your authorization. Find out how to authorize release of information, and what authorization does and does not allow.
  • Drug law violations and consequences: A drug conviction can affect your eligibility to receive federal student financial aid. Learn how a drug conviction could impact you.

Your responsibilities
You must:

  • Read all materials sent to you from the Financial Aid Office. Read, understand, and submit all forms within the required or recommended timeframes.  Keep copies of all forms you sign.
  • Know and comply with the rules governing the aid you receive. These rules include but are not limited to: 1), you must not be in default on any prior educational loan and 2), you must not owe a refund on a Federal Pell Grant or a Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) due to repayment or adjustment.
  • Use student financial aid solely for direct educational costs and related living expenses.
  • Notify the Financial Aid Office of any changes to the information used to determine my financial aid award.
  • Be enrolled in an eligible program of study leading to an associate degree or certificate at MSJC.
  • Maintain enrollment in a minimum number of units at MSJC.
  • Know the financial aid implications of dropping courses or withdrawing from MSJC.
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress.
  • Keep your mailing address, email address and telephone number up to date through the Enrollment Services Office and your student EagleAdvisor account.
  • Report scholarships received to the Foundation and Scholarship Office at the address below. Please submit a copy of your outside scholarship award letter to:

Foundation and Scholarship Office
Mt. San Jacinto College
1499 N State Street
San Jacinto, CA  92583


Your rights
You may:

  • 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.
  • Notify the Financial Aid Office in writing about unusual circumstances, not reported on the initial Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), that you feel might affect your eligibility
  • Review your financial aid records and the contents of your student financial aid file, in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
  • Request a reevaluation of any decision concerning your financial aid award
  • Request that the Financial Aid Office correct any records that you believe are inaccurate
  • Be notified by the Financial Aid Office through MSJC student email about your eligibility for financial aid
  • Be informed through MSJC student email of any changes made to your financial aid award
  • Know the method by which financial aid disbursements will be made to the students and the frequency of those disbursements.
  • Know the method the school provides for Pell eligible students to obtain or purchase required books and supplies.
  • Know the general terms and conditions that are applicable to any federal work-study employment provided to a student as part of the student’s financial aid package.