Student Rights and Responsibilities

Student's Rights

You have the right to:

  • Know what financial assistance is available, including all federal, state and institutional financial assistance programs.
  • Know the application deadline for each of the financial assistance programs.
  • Know how your financial need is determined.
  • Know what resources are considered in the calculation of your financial need.
  • Know what awards have been offered to help meet your financial need.
  • Have copies of all policies with which you are expected to comply.
  • Know how to apply for additional aid if your financial circumstances change.

Student's Responsibilities

 You have the responsibility to:

  • Review the financial aid programs at Western State Colorado University.
  • Comply with all School and Student Financial Services' deadlines.
  • Register in the appropriate number of hours needed for the type of aid you are receiving.  Most aid requires the student to be at least half-time (Undergraduate - 6 hours, Graduate - 4.5).
  • Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the renewal application completely for each year you plan to attend Western.
  • Respond promptly to all requests for additional documentation, verification items, corrections and/or new information.
  • Read and understand all forms you are asked to submit or sign.
  • Keep copies of all forms that you sign or are required to submit (you are legally responsible for all agreements that you sign).
  • Notify Western of any changes in your name or address (you are responsible for keeping all lenders and loan agencies informed of permanent address changes).
  • Know what portions of your financial aid award must be repaid and what portions are grant aid (if the aid is a loan, you are responsible for knowing the terms of your loan).
  • Comply with Student Financial Service's Withdrawal Policy if you choose to withdrawal from Western.
  • Comply with  Student Financial Service's Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy.
  • Report the receipt of all resources not previously considered in evaluating your eligibility.
  • Perform in a satisfactory manner the work that is agreed upon in accepting a work-study award.
  • Understand that if you deliberately provide misleading or incorrect information in applying for Federal and State funds you may be prosecuted and subject to penalty under Federal and Colorado laws.