Rights and Responsibilities
You have a right to know:
- What financial aid programs are available at EPCC
- The deadline for submitting applications for each program
- How financial aid will be distributed, how decisions on distributions are made and the basis for those decisions
- How your cost of attendance or financial aid budget was determined
- What resources (your current assets, parental contribution, other financial aid, etc.) were considered in calculating your need
- How much of your financial need, as determined by the college, has been met
- The details of the various programs in your student aid package
- What portion of the financial aid you received must be repaid and what portion is grant aid
- For any aid that is a loan: the interest rate, the total amount that must be repaid, the payback procedures, the length of time you have to repay the loan and when the repayment is to begin
- How EPCC determines if you are making satisfactory progress and what happens if you are not
Financial-Aid Code of Conduct
An institutional financial aid professional is expected to always maintain exemplary standards of professional conduct in all aspects of carrying out his or her responsibilities, specifically including all dealings with any entities involved in any manner in student financial aid, regardless of whether such entities are involved in a government sponsored, subsidized, or regulated activity. In doing so, a financial aid professional should:
- Refrain from taking any action for his or her personal benefit.
- Refrain from taking any action he or she believes is contrary to law, regulation, or the best interests of the students and parents he or she serves.
- Ensure that the information he or she provides is accurate, unbiased, and does not reflect any preference arising from actual or potential personal gain.
- Be objective in making decisions and advising his or her institution regarding relationships with any involved in any aspect of student financial aid.
- Refrain from soliciting or accepting anything of other than nominal value from any entity (other than an institution of higher education or a governmental entity such as the U.S. Department of Education) involved in the making, holding, consolidating or processing of any student loans, including anything of value (including reimbursement of expenses) for serving on an advisory body or as part of a training activity of or sponsored by any such entity.
- Disclose to his or her institution, in such manner as his or her institution may prescribe, any involvement with or interest in any entity involved in any aspect of student financial aid.
Code of Conduct adopted from the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators Statement of Ethical Principles and Code of Conduct for Institutional Financial Aid Professionals.
As a financial aid recipient, you must:
- Complete all required forms accurately and submit them on time to the proper place
- Be responsible for reading, understanding and complying with the information that appears on all forms that you sign
- Read and understand the published EPCC eligibility requirements for federal financial aid recipients
- Read and understand the
Return of Title IV Funds (PDF) regulations
- Report changes in name and postal mailing address to your college Registrar's Office