Paying For School

Rights and Responsibilities

 HACC, as permitted by federal regulation, now uses electronic means to disseminate required student consumer and 'Right-To-Know' Act information. Listed below are the rights and responsibilities for financial aid recipients. La información está también disponible en español.  Read HACC's Code of Conduct here (pdf). HACC has also created a web page devoted to consumer information.

As a student financial aid recipient, it is your responsibility to:
  • Complete and submit all required documents required for financial aid eligibility within the required time frames.
  • Provide accurate information. Misrepresentation of information on financial aid applications is a violation of the law which could result in indictment under the U.S. Criminal Code.
  • Read all materials sent to you from HACC and other agencies. Read, understand and retain copies of forms requiring a signature.
  • Use financial aid solely for direct and indirect educational expenses.
  • Know and understand the financial aid implications of withdrawing and/or dropping courses or ceasing attendance.
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress (pdf).
  • Enroll in courses that apply directly to your academic program.
  • Report private sources of aid (scholarships and loans) to the Office of Financial Aid Services.
As a student financial aid recipient, you have the right to know:
  • What financial aid programs are available.
  • How financial need is determined.
  • What criteria are used in awarding aid.
  • The type and amount of the assistance that you will receive, how much of your need has been met and when you will receive the funds.
  • What is needed to continue to receive financial aid.
  • That all documents submitted are kept confidential and in compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.
  • The terms and conditions of any loan you accept and notification of exit counseling.
  • The terms and conditions of any student employment job.
  • HACC's refund policy with regard to withdrawing or not attending.
  • The appeal process for any decision made by the Office of Financial Aid Services.

Per federal regulations, HACC must provide current and prospective students with contact information for filing complaints with state agencies (pdf).