Rights and Responsibilities
As a student, you have the right to:
- Have complete information regarding fees, payment and refund policies available to you.
- Have all personal and family financial information treated with sensitivity and confidentiality.
- Know how financial aid is distributed and the basis for eligibility decisions.
- Know what portion of your financial aid package must be repaid and what portion does not require repayment.
- Choose any lender for your student loan(s), and expect that Rider will process the loan(s) with your requested lender.
- Request an explanation of the funds in your financial aid package and decline any portion of your award.
- Submit an appeal or request a re-evaluation if circumstances change.
When accepting any financial aid, you are expected to:
- Monitor your account using MyRider Student Portal (myrider.rider.edu) and meet your financial obligations to the University.
- Know and comply with the rules governing all financial aid you receive.
- Know that all financial aid resources are subject to change, based on federal, state and institutional requirements for student eligibility and reconciliation of budgeted funds; and that Rider reserves the right to adjust awards at any time.
- Read and understand all materials sent to you from the Office of Financial Aid.
- Accept responsibility for all agreements you sign. We recommend you keep copies for your reference.
- Respond promptly to any information requests from external organizations.
- Complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year prior to the University’s March 1 priority date.
- Advise the Office of Financial Aid if you change your housing status from the original application and/or change your enrollment status from full-time to less than full-time.
- Provide address changes. All changes are to be submitted in writing to the Dean of Students Office.
- Advise Rider’s Office of Financial Aid of any additional aid (outside source) received that is not indicated on your Financial Aid Award Notice.
- Inform the Dean of Students Office and the Office of Financial Aid if you expect to withdraw or take a leave of absence from the University.
- If requested, submit all verification documents.
- Give permission to relay pertinent financial, academic and other information to donors of aid as requested.
- Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress for financial aid.
- Comply with federal IRS taxation and income reporting requirements for grants and scholarships in excess of tuition, books and fees.