Financial Aid Students Rights and Responsibilities

Students have the right to know:

  • procedures and deadlines for submitting applications for each available financial aid program;
  • procedures necessary for reapplying for financial aid each year and any priority filing dates;
  • cost of attending BRCC and BRCC’s refund policy;
  • criteria used to select financial aid recipients;
  • available financial aid programs and their exact requirements;
  • how various financial aid program eligibilities are determined;
  • procedures for reconsidering of a financial aid package if it is believed that a mistake has been made or if circumstances have changed;
  • type and amount of assistance in a student financial aid award package and an explanation of each award;
  • procedure of how satisfactory academic progress (SAP) is determined, information about the status of SAP being met, and the policy and process to follow if it is not being met;
  • what happens if they withdraw from courses, withdraw completely or drop out during a semester or year;
  • what portion of their financial aid is loan(s) and what portion is grant(s);
  • interest rate on loans, length of time in which the loans must be repaid, projected start date of repayment, and applicable deferment and cancellation provisions; and
  • where you can get further assistance.

Students have the responsibility to:

  • carefully review, consider, and understand all information provided regarding BRCC financial assistance programs, performance expectations, degree/program requirements and student responsibilities prior to enrolling;
  • complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) carefully;
  • complete all required forms accurately and submit them to the correct locations by the published deadlines;
  • meet all deadlines for applying or reapplying for aid;
  • provide all additional documentation, verification, corrections, and/or new information requested by the Office of Student Financial Aid and information required by the College;
  • report all requested information correctly to the best of your ability. Intentional misreporting of information on application forms for federal aid is a violation of the law, and is considered a criminal offense subject to penalties under the United States Criminal Code;
  • maintain good academic standing and make satisfactory academic progress;
  • inform the Office of Student Financial Aid of any and all outside scholarships or resources available to meet your cost of attendance at BRCC;
  • notify the College of any changes in: attendance (withdrawal from courses, withdrawal from school) name, address, marital status, housing situation, or expected graduation date;
  • understand the College policies regarding Satisfactory Academic Progress, refunds, and aid adjustments due to withdrawal; and
  • read, understand, and keep copies of all signed forms.