STUDENT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Information regarding student rights and responsibilities is outlined in the College Catalog and is included in this document for review.

Students have the right to know the following information regarding financial aid at Lawson State Community College:

Financial aid programs available.
Educational programs and services available.
Cost of attendance for programs.
Application process for all financial aid programs, including deadlines.
How financial aid recipients are selected.
Procedures for appealing decisions made by Financial Aid staff members.
How the College determines financial need.
How and when students will receive financial aid funds.
College refund policy.
Job description and rate of pay for any job assigned under the Federal Work-Study program.
How the College determines if students are making satisfactory academic progress and what happens if they are not.

Students have the following responsibilities:

Completing applications correctly and on time.
Reading and understanding all materials sent from the Office of Financial Aid and other agencies.
Keeping copies of all documents submitted to the Office of Financial Aid.
Knowing and complying with the rules governing financial aid received.
Providing all documentation and information requested by the Office of Financial Aid.
Registering for the number of hours required for financial aid disbursement.
Maintaining satisfactory academic progress.
Using financial aid only for expenses related to attending Lawson State Community College.
Checking College student email account for financial aid information.
Keeping email and mailing addresses up to date with the College and other financial aid agencies.
Informing the Office of Financial Aid of all colleges attending or previously attended.

Scholarship Fraud

On November 5, 2000, Congress passed the College Scholarship Fraud Prevention Act to enhance protection against fraud in student financial assistance. According to the Federal Trade Commission, perpetrators of financial aid fraud often use luring lines to sell their scholarship services. Students should avoid any scholarship service or website which asserts any of the following statements:

“This scholarship is guaranteed or your money back.”
“You can't get this information anywhere else.”
“I just need your credit card or bank account number to hold this scholarship.”
“We'll do all the work.”
“This scholarship will cost some money.”
“You've been selected by a ‘national foundation’ to receive a scholarship” or “You're a finalist” in a contest you never entered.

If you believe you have been the victim of scholarship fraud and wish to file a complaint, or want more information, call 1-877-FTC-HELP or visit the website at www.ftc.gov/scholarshipscams.