Oakland Community College
Resources & Scholarships

Students Rights and Responsibilities

You have the right to know:

  • The financial assistance that is available at OCC, including information on all federal, state, and institutional financial aid programs.
  • The application process and deadline for each of the available financial aid programs.
  • The cost of attendance and college  policies on refunds to students who withdraw.
  • How OCC determined your financial aid eligibility.
  • How much of your financial aid eligibility, as determined by the institution, has been met.
  • The various aid programs that have been offered in your student aid package.
  • What portion of the financial aid you received is loan and must be repaid, and what portion is grants or work-study aid.
  • How the university determined whether your are making satisfactory academic progress and what happens if you are not.
  • That all financial aid is subject to change or cancellation due to changes in federal or state regulations, changes in circumstances which affect student eligibility or availability of funds.

It is your responsibility to:

  • Complete your application for student financial aid accurately and submit it on time to the right place.
  • Intentional misreporting of information on the FAFSA is a violation of the law and considered a criminal offense subject to penalties under the U.S. Criminal Code.
  • Provide all additional documentation, information, verification and corrections requested by Student Financial Resources.
  • Read and understand all forms that you are asked to sign. Keep copies of submitted documentation.
  • Notify your lender of changes in your name, address or school enrollment status if you have an educational loan.
  • Perform in a satisfactory manner the work that is agreed upon in a college work-study job.
  • Know the deadlines for application or reapplication for aid.
  • Understand OCC’s refund and repayment for aid policies.
  • Understand and comply with OCC’s Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy.
  • Obtain a summer job to help with expenses for the upcoming school year.
  • Keep your address current with the Registrar’s Office at OCC.

Falsification of Information

Falsification of information submitted by the student or parents for the purpose of receiving financial assistance may result in cancellation of assistance, billing back for assistance received, and referral to the appropriate federal authorities. The OFAS may be required to verify information provided on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid by requiring income tax statements or other documentation of financial status.