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Rights & Responsibilities


Your Rights

With regard to financial aid, students have the right to ask Mansfield:

  • For the cost of attendance, and the university's policy on refunds for students who withdraw.
  • What financial assistance is available, including information on all federal, state, local, private, and institutional financial aid programs.
  • What the procedures and deadlines are for submitting applications for each available financial aid program and how financial aid recipients are selected.
  • How financial need is determined.
  • The interest rates and other costs on any student loan the student has, the total amount to be repaid, the length of time for repayment, when repayment must start, and what cancellation or deferment (postponement) provisions apply.
  • For a sample loan repayment schedule.
  • If offered a federal work-study job, what kind of job it is, what hours the student must work, what the duties will be, what the rate of pay will be, and how and when payment will be made.
  • To reconsider the financial aid package if a mistake has been made or if enrollment or financial circumstances have changed.
  • How satisfactory progress is determined and what happens if the student is not making satisfactory academic progress.
  • How and when the student will receive financial assistance payments.

Your Responsibilities

By accepting the financial aid package offered through Mansfield, students accept that they must meet the following responsibilities:

  • Know and meet all the deadlines for applying or reapplying for financial aid.
  • Pay special attention to the financial aid application, complete it accurately, and submit it on time to the right place. Errors can delay or prevent the receiving of aid.
  • Provide all documentation, corrections, and new information requested by either the Office of Financial Aid or the agency to which the student applied for aid.
  • Attend an entrance interview prior to receiving the first disbursement of a Federal Perkins Loan or Federal Direct Loan at the university.
  • Satisfactorily perform the work agreed upon for a federal work-study job, if the student has one.
  • Understand the university's refund policy. If the student withdraws from school within a short time after starting classes, the student may be entitled to a partial reduction of educational charges. After a certain date, charges will not be reduced. The student must check with Mansfield’s Office of the Bursar to determine deadlines for withdrawal.
  • Read, understand, and keep copies of all forms the student is asked to sign.
  • Notify the university of any information that has changed since the student applied for financial aid.
  • Notify the university of a change in name, address, or attendance status (half-time, full-time, etc.). Students who have loans must also notify their lenders of these changes.
  • Attend an exit interview at the university if the student has a federal education loan.
  • Repay any student loans. When the student signs a promissory note, the student agrees to repay any loans.