Responsibilities and Rights

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› As a student receiving financial aid at San Diego State University, you have
  responsibilities and rights.

› Your authorization to release information.

› Consequences of a drug law violation.

Your Responsibilities

You must—

  • report any changes to your financial situation like additional financial resources such as teaching assistantships, scholarships, stipends, and alternative loans;
  • report changes in your enrollment status;
  • be designated by the SDSU Office of Admissions as accepted into an SDSU course of study leading to a degree, credential, or certificate;
  • maintain enrollment in a minimum number of units at SDSU (see Enrollment Affects Aid);
  • maintain satisfactory academic progress as defined by SDSU (see Grades Affect Aid);
  • keep your mailing address, e-mail address and telephone number up to date through the Office of the Registrar and your Web Portal; and
  • tell us if you do not plan to attend SDSU during the fall and/or spring semesters.

Your Rights

You may—

  • request a reevaluation of any decision concerning your financial aid award;
  • notify the SDSU Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships in writing about unusual circumstances, not reported on the initial Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), that you feel might affect your eligibility;
  • review your financial aid records;
  • request that the SDSU Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships correct any records that you believe are inaccurate;
  • decline any part or all of the financial aid award including a Direct Loan;
  • cancel all or a portion of your Direct Loan disbursement;
  • have the Direct Loan proceeds returned to the holder of the loan;
  • be notified by the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships through AidLink about your eligibility for financial aid; and
  • be informed through AidLink of any changes made to your financial aid award.

Your Privacy

Federal privacy laws protecting your educational records prohibit the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships from disclosing your financial aid information without your authorization.

You are under no obligation to authorize release of your financial aid information and you may request at any time that your authorization be removed.

If you do not authorize release of your information to your parents or spouse, we may provide only general financial aid information such as the application process, general program eligibility, and deadline dates.

How to Authorize Release of Information

Logon to AidLink if you wish to authorize release of personal information to—

  • your parents if you were required to provide parental information of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA);
  • your spouse if you were required to provide spousal information on the FAFSA.

What Your Authorization Allows

Your authorization allows us to speak to your parents or spouse about information related to your financial aid such as—

  • details of your financial aid application and aid award;
  • grades and your academic status as it affects your eligibility to receive financial aid;
  • debts owed to the university for overpayment of financial aid.

What Your Authorization Does Not Allow

Your authorization will not allow your parents or spouse to make certain changes to your financial aid record, such as—

  • changes to your address,
  • correcting your income or household information,
  • canceling your financial aid.

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Drug Law Violations and Consequences

A federal or state drug conviction for possession, sale, or conspiring to sell illegal drugs can affect your eligibility to receive federal student financial aid (including loans, grants, and work study).

If the offense occurs while you are receiving federal student financial aid, you will lose eligibility for federal student aid for a certain time period, depending on the conviction and whether you have previous convictions.

Conviction for Possession of Illegal Drugs

For possession of illegal drugs, you are not eligible for financial aid—

  • for one year from the date of conviction for a first offense.
  • for two years from the date of conviction for a second offense,
  • for an indefinite period if convicted of two or more offenses.

Conviction for Sale of Illegal Drugs

For sale of illegal drugs, you are not eligible for financial aid—

  • for two years from the date of conviction for a first offense,
  • for an indefinite period of if convicted of two of more offenses.

Conviction for Possession and Sale of Illegal Drugs

If convicted of both possessing and selling drugs, you will be ineligible for the longer of the time periods previously indicated.

Convictions That Do Not Count

Unless tried as an adult, convictions received while a juvenile are not considered, nor are convictions that are reversed, set aside, or removed from your record.

How to Regain Eligibility

You may regain eligibility for federal student financial aid after the period of ineligibility ends or when you have completed a qualified drug rehabilitation program.

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