Rights and Responsibilities

Student Rights

Students have a right to know the following:

  • The degree programs, training and other education offered by the school.
     
  • Special facilities and services available to disabled students.
     
  • The cost of attendance (tuition and fees, books and supplies, room and board, applicable transportation costs) and any other additional costs involved in attending the school.
     
  • Need-based and non-need based federal aid that is available to students.
     
  • Need-based and non-need based local aid programs, institutional scholarships and other private aid programs that are available to students.
     
  • How to apply for aid and how the school determines eligibility.
     
  • How and when financial aid is disbursed.
     
  • The responsibilities and rights of students receiving financial aid.
     
  • The school's fair and equitable refund policy and the prescribed order of the Student Financial Aid (SFA) refund distribution.
     
  • Information on preventing drug and alcohol abuse.
     
  • The criteria for measuring satisfactory academic progress (SAP) and how a student who has failed to maintain SAP may reestablish eligibility for financial aid.
     
  • Who to contact for financial aid information and general institutional issues.

Student Responsibilities

Student responsibilities include the following:

  • Review and consider all information about Tougaloo College programs and degrees before enrolling.
     
  • Pay special attention to the applications for student financial aid (FAFSA, institutional), prepare and submit the applications to the correct location. International misreporting of information on applications for federal aid is a violation of law and considered a criminal offense, subject to penalties under the U.S. Criminal Code.
     
  • Have knowledge of and comply with all deadlines for the application and reapplication of financial aid.
     
  • Have knowledge of and comply with the schools student aid policies.
     
  • Return all additional documentation, verification, corrections and/or new information requested either by the Financial Aid Office or the agency to which the student submitted his/her application.
     
  • Read and understand all forms/agreements that the student is asked to sign and retain copies.
     
  • If the student has a loan, he/she must notify the lender of changes in name, address, or school status.