Rights & Responsibilities


As a student financial aid consumer, you have the right to:


  • Be informed about financial aid application procedures, cost of attendance, aid available and renewal requirements. Additional consumer information is available from the Office of Financial Aid upon request.
  • Confidential protection of your financial aid records. The contents of your financial aid file are maintained in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.
  • Appeal decisions made by the financial aid staff at Columbia State. A written appeal must be submitted to the Director of Financial Aid

As a student financial aid consumer, you have the responsibility to:

  • Complete applications correctly and on time.
  • Read and understand all materials sent to you from the Office of Financial Aid and other financial aid agencies; keep copies of all forms and materials submitted.
  • Know and comply with the rules governing your aid programs.
  • Comply with the provisions of any promissory note and all other agreements you sign.
  • Register for the number of credit hours required and maintain satisfactory academic progress.
  • Request personal assistance if you have questions or don’t understand the information provided to you.

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