Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon Portland Community College

Your rights as a financial aid recipient

As a financial aid student you have the right:

  • To understand how your eligibility for aid has been calculated.
  • To know the college’s process for determining the type and amount of assistance in your financial aid package.
  • For your application to be reviewed for eligibility for available funds.
  • To receive equity in applications of need analysis formulas with consistency across the college’s full population of student financial aid applicants.
  • To have access to quality consumer information.
  • To have access to information about the types of financial assistance available.
  • To know the deadlines for submitting applications for each financial aid fund.
  • To know the location and hours of the financial aid office.
  • To know the college’s criteria for selecting financial aid recipients and the process for determining your financial need.
  • To know the rules and regulations of the federal work-study program.
  • To know the method and timing of payments to you.
  • To view your financial aid application and other documents.
  • To know the college’s basis for determining whether you are making satisfactory academic progress and what happens if you are not.
  • To appeal decisions made regarding your eligibility.
  • To the privacy of your information (FERPA). Privacy Policies.
  • To have policies and rules applied that do not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, age, or economic status.
  • To deny aid offered if you will not be enrolled.
  • To decline proceeds of a loan prior to its disbursement.
  • To reduce or cancel disbursed loan funds, acknowledging this could result in funds you owe the college.
  • To know how any refund or repayment of aid is calculated.

If you are a student loan borrower, you have also have rights as a student loan borrower.