Student Rights and Responsibilities

As a current or prospective student at Miami University, you have many rights and responsibilities in relation to receiving financial assistance and specifically assistance under the Title IV Federal Aid programs.

Student Rights

  • You have a right to have your information protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). For the student’s protection, FERPA limits release of student record information without the student’s consent. For more information about FERPA, visit MiamiOH.edu/FERPA.
  • You have a right to know what financial aid programs are available to you including federal, state, and institutional aid. You have a right to know how to apply for aid and the eligibility requirements. For information about financial aid, visit MiamiOH.edu/GettingStarted.
  • You have a right to know the standards you must maintain in order to be making Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) in order to continue to be eligible for federal financial aid. Satisfactory Academic Progress is based on three standards: completion rate, GPA, and program completion timeframe. You also have the right to know how to reestablish your eligibility after failing to maintain SAP. For more information on SAP, visit MiamiOH.edu/SAP.
  • You have a right to know the University’s disbursement process and disbursement schedule. For more information on disbursements, visit MiamiOH.edu/Disbursements.
  • You have a right to know about the loans you may have been offered as part of your financial aid, including the loan terms, requirements such as entrance counseling, exit counseling, how to complete a Master Promissory Note, and information about repayment. For more information about loans, visit MiamiOH.edu/Loans.
  • You have a right to know the general terms and conditions applicable to employment related to Federal Work Study that you may have been offered as part of your financial aid. For more information on Federal Work Study, visit MiamiOH/WorkStudy.
  • You have a right to know your educational costs. For more information about the costs to attend Miami University, visit Miamioh.edu/TuitionandFees.
  • You have a right to know the requirements and impact on eligibility for withdrawal from the University. For more information about withdrawing from the University, visit MiamiOH.edu/Withdrawal.

Student Responsibilities

  • It is your responsibility to complete the FAFSA and submit any other forms requested by the Office of Student Financial Assistance in a timely manner.
  • It is your responsibility to provide complete and correct information. You (and your parent or spouse, if applicable) must confirm the accuracy of the information you provide. Information found to be incorrect may result in changes to aid and/or disciplinary action or referral to the U.S. Department of Education, Office of the Inspector General.
  • It is your responsibility to report any additional financial aid such as scholarships, grants, loans, educational or tuition assistance, etc.
  • It is your responsibility to pay any past due balances.
  • It is your responsibility to meet Satisfactory Academic Progress standards in order to maintain federal financial aid eligibility.
  • It is your responsibility to repay all loans according to your repayment schedule and terms of your promissory notes. You are not eligible for financial aid if you are in default on federal loans for attendance at any institution. Federal loans include National Direct or National Defense Student Loan, Federal Perkins Loan, Health Professions Student Loan, Nursing Student Loan, Federal Stafford Loan, Federal Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans, Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan, and Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan (PLUS).
  • It is your responsibility to begin attendance in all classes for which you receive financial aid.
  • It is your responsibility to notify the Office of Student Financial Assistance if you are convicted of possessing or selling drugs after you submit your FAFSA.
  • It is your responsibility to complete all requirements associated with the financial aid you have been offered such as entrance counseling, master promissory notes, etc.
  • It is your responsibility to regularly check your Miami University email account for information regarding your financial aid.