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Student Financial Services Financial Aid Rights and Responsibilities
Financial Aid Rights and Responsibilities


  1. If you are eligible for aid, you have the right to be considered for those programs for which you qualify, as long as funding is available.
  2. You have the right to receive complete information about how your financial aid eligibility was determined.
  3. You have the right to obtain full information about financial aid programs and pertinent regulations, policies and procedures.
  4. You have the right to receive information about your debt burden as a result of receiving loans.
  5. You have the right to receive information about monthly and total repayment options available as well as debt management strategies.
  6. You have the right to expect that your financial records, your parents’ financial records and your award information are kept confidential in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA).
  7. You have the right to expect notification of your financial aid offer and any adjustments to it.
  8. You have the right to expect your financial aid eligibility will be determined in an equitable manner consistent with federal and state regulations and institution policies.


When you accept your financial aid award, you agree to fulfill your obligations as a financial aid recipient.

  1. It is your responsibility to report additional resources (such as outside scholarships) and any changes to those resources to Washington State University’s Student Financial Services Office. If the receipt of additional resources results in an over award (financial aid and resources exceed your need or the cost of attendance), you may be required to pay back a portion of your financial aid received and financial aid for subsequent terms may be reduced.
  2. You are responsible for supplying complete and accurate information used to determine your eligibility for aid.
  3. You must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).
  4. You must be formally admitted to Washington State University and be admitted and enrolled in a degree or certificate program, or be taking required preparatory coursework for admittance into a degree or certificate program in order to be eligible for financial aid.
  5. You must not have borrowed in excess of any federal loan limit.