Rights and Responsibilities

Rights and Responsibilities

As a student, you have the right to:

  • Know what financial assistance is available to you, including all federal, state, and institutional financial aid programs.
  • Know the deadlines for submitting applications for financial aid programs and the process required.
  • Know how your financial need is determined, including how your cost of attendance budgets are developed.
  • Know what resources are considered in the calculation of your financial need, and how much of your need as determined by WAU has been met.
  • An explanation of the types of aid contained in your financial aid award as well as how to retain eligibility for those funds (if applicable).
  • Request a review of your current financial situation if you meet specific criteria based on changes since filing the current aid year FAFSA® (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
  • Know what portion of your aid package is a grant or gift aid, and what part must be repaid. Also, you have the right to know interest rates, the total amount to be repaid, procedures for repayment, when repayment begins, and how long you have to repay the loan.
  • Know the criteria for continued financial aid eligibility, including guidelines for the determination of Satisfactory Academic Progress as defined by the Department of Education.
  • Know the method and frequency of financial aid disbursements.

As a student, you have the responsibility to:

  • Be aware of your ability to pay any institutional charges based on your available financial aid and personal resources.
  • Review and understand the terms and conditions of your financial aid award.
  • Complete all requirements accurately, promptly, and by the appropriate deadlines.
  • Inform Student Financial Services if you intend to enroll less than full time for any given term so that your aid can be appropriately adjusted properly and disbursed.
  • Inform Student Financial Services of any outside scholarships, subsidies, or additional resources that you receive.
  • Fill out the FAFSA® entirely and accurately. If you are selected for verification, you will provide all requested documents in a timely manner, and ensure that all submitted materials are complete and accurate. Falsification of information on application forms for federal financial assistance is considered a criminal offense, and you may be subject to penalties under the U.S. Criminal Code.
  • Read and understand all forms you are asked to submit or sign, realizing that you are legally responsible for all agreements that you sign.
  • Know and comply with all policies and procedures of Washington Adventist University.
  • Manage your financial aid experience.


For more information about financial aid at WAU, email finaid@wau.edu, or call 301.891.4005 or 1-800-835-4212 to speak to a Financial Aid Counselor.

Student Financial Services
Washington Adventist University
7600 Flower Avenue
Takoma Park, MD 20912
Email: finaid@wau.edu
Phone: 301-891-4005
Toll-Free: 800-835-4212
General Fax: 301-560-5364