Student Rights and Responsibilities

Student Rights

As a student consumer you have the right to know:

  • What financial aid is available to students from all federal, state, and institutional assistance programs;
  • The deadlines, selection criteria, eligibility requirements, terms, policies, procedures, and regulations that apply to each of the programs, starting with how to apply;
  • How your financial need is determined; this includes how costs for tuition, fees, room, board, transportation, books, supplies, and personal expenses are included in your cost of attendance;
  • Method and frequency of financial aid disbursements;
  • How to purchase your books and supplies; if your financial aid award exceeds your student account charges you can purchase books and supplies through a vendor of your choice using your financial aid refund or you can purchase your books and supplies at the Massasoit Book Store using your “Book Advance”;
  • How the College determines Satisfactory Academic Progress and the consequences if such progress is not met;
  • If awarded a student loan, the terms of the loan such as the interest rates, total amount to be repaid, the procedures for repaying, the length of time you have to repay it, when repayment begins, cancellation provisions, deferment and forbearance possibilities, and any special consolidation or refinancing options (see www.studentloans.gov for additional information regarding Direct Loans);
  • The terms and conditions applicable to Student Employment;
  • The Massasoit Community College Participation, Census and Withdrawal policies;
  • The amount of funds you can expect to receive under each financial aid program and how and when those funds will be disbursed. You will be notified of your initial award and disbursement amounts via a paper award letter.  You will also have access to your award and any subsequent changes to your award through your MyMassasoit portal.

Student Responsibilities

It is your responsibility to:

  • Understand and comply with the terms and conditions of aid that you receive;
  • Use financial aid funds only for education expenses (tuition, fees, room, board, books, supplies, and other living costs):
  • Respond promptly to all requests for supplemental information or documentation from the Financial Aid Office;
  • Know and meet the deadlines to apply and re-apply for financial aid;
  • Complete all financial aid applications and forms with thorough, accurate, and truthful information;
  • Read, understand, and keep copies of all forms that you are asked to submit or sign;
  • Notify the Financial Aid Office if there is any change to information reported on the FAFSA or verification documents;
  • Notify the Financial Aid Office if you change your degree program or if you enter into a concurrent curriculum;
  • Notify the Financial Aid Office if you receive any scholarships, grants, or other financial assistance from sources outside of the college;
  • Check your MyMassasoit portal and email regularly;
  • Attend your classes and participate in course activities;
  • Take only courses that are part of your degree or certificate program requirements;
  • Notify our office if you do not begin attending any or all of your classes at Massasoit;
  • Notify our office if you stop attending your classes at any time;
  • Know and comply with the college refund and withdrawal policies;
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress to continue to be eligible for financial aid;
  • Complete your Master Promissory Note, Entrance Interview, and Exit Interview if you receive a loan;
  • Notify your lender of any changes in your name, address, or school status while you are attending school and after you leave school;
  • Repay any student loans you receive regardless of if you successfully completed your program;
  • Perform in a satisfactory manner work agreed upon for Federal Work Study jobs;
  • Understand that by signing the FAFSA, you agree that the information provided is accurate and complete and that if you purposely give false or misleading information, you may be fined up to $20,000, sent to prison, or both.