Student Rights and Responsibilities

Current federal law requires each eligible institution participating in Title IV federal and state financial aid programs to provide consumer product information about student financial assistance and other institutional information.

The Student Has The Right:

  • To know all the federal, state, and University student financial assistance programs available, including both need-based and non-need-based programs.
  • To know the policies, procedures, forms, deadlines, and eligibility requirements for financial aid, and the criteria for selecting recipients and determining the amount of financial assistance to be awarded to a student.
  • To know the policies, procedures, forms, deadlines, and eligibility requirements for a program of study-abroad.
  • To know the costs of attending the University, how those costs are determined, and how your student budget is developed.
  • To know how to apply for financial aid, what resources were considered in calculating your financial need, how your FAFSA’s Expected Family Contribution was determined and how much of your financial need has been met.
  • To know the standards required for maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress for financial aid eligibility, and how to petition for reinstatement of eligibility for Title IV federal and state financial aid.
  • To know how and when disbursement of financial aid is made the University’s refund policy, and any refund due to Title IV federal/state and other student assistance programs.
  • To know the institution’s procedures for officially withdrawing from the University.
  • To know the terms and conditions of loans, employment, scholarships, grants, or benefit programs you receive.
  • To know the policies and procedures to maintain confidentiality of financial aid records. Ave Maria University complies with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974.
  • To know who and how to contact the financial aid staff regarding information on financial aid assistance programs.
  • To expect fair treatment: Ave Maria University’s Financial Aid Office does not discriminate on bases of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status.
  • To know the names of the agencies that accredit, approve, or license the University and its programs, and how these documents of accreditation may be reviewed.
  • To know the terms and conditions of available loan deferments.
  • To know campus security policies and crime statistics.
  • To know what facilities and services are available to the university students with disabilities.

It is the Student’s Responsibility:

  • To read and consider all information about the University before you enroll.
  • To completely accurately and honestly your Free Application for Federal Student Aid ( FAFSA or Renewal FAFSA), and all academic and financial aid eligibility information you submit to the University. Providing false or misleading information is a criminal offense, subjecting individuals to a $10,000 fine, imprisonment, or both.
  • To use any federal, state, University, or private scholarship/financial aid received solely for expenses related to attendance at Ave Maria University or an approved study abroad program.
  • To comply with aid verification requirements by providing verification or additional information as requested by the Financial Aid Office, and submit FAFSA corrections or new information, as appropriate.
  • To read, understand and accept responsibility for all forms or agreements you sign. We recommend you keep copies for your records.
  • To report to the Financial Aid Office if you are in default on a student loan or if you owe a refund or repayment on any educational grant received from any school.
  • To notify your student loan lender(s) of changes in your name, address, and school status.
  • To know and comply with the University policies, practices, and procedures as they relate to financial aid: withdrawal, class attendance, refund/repayment, satisfactory academic progress, debt management, and enrollment status for aid disbursement.
  • To keep your address and phone number current with the Registrar Office. The Ave Maria University Student email is the official form of communication used by the Financial Aid Office in terms of Award and documentation requests, Students should keep their email boxes under the maximum size in order to receive Correspondence without interruption.