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Financial Aid | 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:


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.  We do not make copies or print forms.
  • You must 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.
  • You must use student financial aid solely for direct educational costs and related living expenses.
  • You must notify the Financial Aid Office of any changes to the information used to determine your financial aid award.
  • You must be enrolled in an eligible program of study leading to an associate degree, transfer, or certificate at MSJC.
  • You must maintain enrollment in a minimum number of units at MSJC.
  • You must know the financial aid implications of dropping courses or withdrawing from MSJC.
  • You must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress. Students who do not meet SAP will be placed on financial aid warning for one semester.
  • You must keep your mailing address, email address, and telephone number up to date through the Enrollment Services Office and your Self-Serviceaccount.
  • You must report scholarships received to the Foundation and Scholarship Office.  Please submit a copy of your outside scholarship award letter and check to:
Mt. San Jacinto College
Attn:  Cashier, Business Services
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.
  • You may know how financial need is determined, what the criteria are for awarding aid, how academic progress is determined, and what you must do to continue receiving aid.
  • You may 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.
  • You may 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
  • You may review your financial aid records and the contents of your student financial aid file, in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
  • You may request a reevaluation of any decision concerning your financial aid award
  • You may request that the Financial Aid Office correct any records that you believe are inaccurate
  • You may be notified by the Financial Aid Office through MSJC student email about your eligibility for financial aid
  • You may be informed through MSJC student email of any changes made to your financial aid award
  • You may know the method by which financial aid disbursements will be made to students and the frequency of those disbursements.
  • You may know the method the school provides for Pell eligible students to obtain or purchase required books and supplies.
  • You may 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.