Students Rights & Responsibilities


  • You have the right to know what financial aid is available to you, including all federal, state, and institutional assistance. In addition, you have the right to know the deadlines, selection criteria, terms, policies, procedures, and regulations that apply to each of the programs.
  • You have the right to know how your financial need was determined and how much of it, as determined by the university, was met. This includes how costs for tuition and fees, room and board, transportation, books and supplies, and miscellaneous personal expenses are included in your student budget.
  • You have the right to know what portion of the financial aid you receive is gift assistance (grants and scholarships) and what portion is self-help (loans and employment).
  • If you have a student loan, you have the right to know the terms of the loan. This includes the interest rate, the total amount that must be repaid, the length of time you have to repay when you must start repayment, cancellation provisions, deferment and forbearance possibilities, and any special consolidation or refinancing options.
  • You have the right to know how the university determines whether you are making Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) and what happens if you are not.
  • You have the right to appeal your financial aid award if there are special circumstances that you believe were not taken into consideration.
  • You have the right to know how and when your financial aid will be disbursed.
  • You have the right to know the university’s Refund and Repayment policy. You also have the right to know how a change in enrollment will affect your financial aid and your student account.
  • You have the right to examine, with a financial aid counselor, records in our office that relate to your financial aid file.
  • You have the right to expect equitable treatment under the university’s financial aid policy prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or veteran’s status.


  • You are responsible for reapplying for financial aid each and every year.
  • You are responsible for completing applications correctly and on time.
  • You are responsible for requesting personal assistance if you have questions or do not understand the information provided to you.
  • You are responsible for submitting documentation and information requested by the Financial Aid Office in a timely manner and keeping copies for your own records.
  • You are responsible for checking your Bison web portal regularly 
  • You are responsible for notifying the University of any name or address changes.
  • You are responsible for knowing and complying with the rules governing your financial aid awards.
  • You are responsible for attending classes and completing the requirements for each course in which you enroll.
  • You are responsible for compliance with Gallaudet University’s refund policy and Federal Return to Title IV Aid policy, should you withdraw from the University (either officially or unofficially).
  • You are responsible for notifying the Financial Aid Office of any financial awards you receive from outside resources (including scholarships, grants, Veteran’s Benefits, tuition waivers, or other educational/tuition assistance) not already listed on your Financial Aid Award Letter or Bison web portal
  • If you borrow a student loan, you are responsible for completing loan entrance and exit counseling.
  • You are responsible for the repayment of all loans in accordance with the terms of your promissory note. You are responsible for notifying your lender if any of the following occurs before your loan is repaid: change of address, graduation, withdrawal from Gallaudet University or less than half-time attendance, name change, or transfer to another institution.
  • You are responsible for maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).
  • You are responsible for using financial aid for educational expenses incurred while attending Gallaudet University
  • You are responsible for the repayment of any over-award of financial aid.