Student Rights & Responsibilities

Student Rights

As a student, you have the right to:

  • Have complete information regarding fees, payment and refund policies available to you.
  • Have all personal and family financial information treated with sensitivity and confidentiality.
  • Know how financial aid is distributed and the basis for eligibility decisions.
  • Know what portion of your financial aid package must be repaid and what portion does not require repayment.
  • Choose any lender for your student loan(s), and expect that Beacon will process the loan(s) with your requested lender.
  • Request an explanation of the funds in your financial aid package and decline any portion of your award.
  • Submit an appeal or request a re-evaluation if circumstances change.

Student Responsibilities

When accepting any financial aid, you are expected to:

  • Monitor your account and meet your financial obligations to the College.
  • Know and comply with the rules governing all financial aid you receive.
  • Know that all financial aid resources are subject to change, based on federal, state and institutional requirements for student eligibility and reconciliation of budgeted funds. Beacon reserves the right to adjust awards at any time.
  • Read and understand all materials sent to you from the Office of Financial Aid.
  • Accept responsibility for all agreements you sign. We recommend you keep copies for your reference.
  • Respond promptly to any information requests from external organizations.
  • Complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year prior to the College’s March 1 priority date.
  • Advise the Office of Financial Aid if you change your housing status from the original application and/or change your enrollment status from full-time to less than full-time.
  • Provide address changes. All changes are to be submitted in writing to the Dean of Students Office.
    Advise Beacon’s Office of Financial Aid of any additional aid (Beacon or outside source) received that is not indicated on your Financial Aid Award Notice within the current fiscal year.
  • Inform the Office of Financial Aid if you expect to withdraw or take a leave of absence from the College.