Student Rights & Responsibilities

New York Institute of Technology is required to provide rights and responsibilities of students receiving financial assistance and, specifically, assistance under the Title IV, HEA programs, to include the provisions of 34 CFR 668.42(c). Many of the students' rights and responsibilities can be found on this webpage, as well as throughout the website.

Responsibilities of Federal Student Aid Recipients

As a student financial aid recipient, it is your responsibility to:

  1. Complete and submit application materials to the appropriate agencies within required or recommended time frames.
    All incoming undergraduates should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Families can use "estimated" tax information to complete the FAFSA. However, you should return and update the FAFSA once you submit your tax return(s).
    Currently enrolled students should complete the FAFSA no later than February 14, 2019 to receive priority consideration for need-based aid programs for the upcoming year. New York residents must meet all deadlines set by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) for the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP).
  2. Read all materials sent to you from the NYIT Office of Financial Aid and other agencies awarding you aid. Make sure you understand everything and keep copies of all forms you sign.
  3. Know and comply with rules governing the aid you receive. These rules include but are not limited to:
    • You must not be in default on any prior educational loan.
    • You must not owe a refund on a Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Federal Academic Competitiveness Grant, Federal SMART Grant or Federal TEACH Grant due to repayment.
  4. Provide federal tax return transcripts, W-2's, and any additional information if requested by the Office of Financial Aid.
  5. Comply with the provisions of any promissory note or other agreements you sign.
  6. Complete the academic registration process each semester by the end of the drop/add period in order to ensure availability of all student aid funds you have been awarded. Some aid programs are limited and may be subject to cancellation if your registration process is not completed by the end of the drop/add period.
  7. Use student financial aid solely for direct educational costs and related living expenses.
  8. Know the implications that dropping a course or withdrawing from New York Tech will have on your student financial aid.
  9. Students who are receiving federal financial aid funds must make Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) (undergraduate students and graduate students) toward completing their degree program in a timely manner. You must meet these minimum requirements in order to participate in the federal aid programs. We expect you to fully utilize the resources we offer to help you succeed academically, including:
    • Learning Center
    • Disability Services
    • Counseling Center
  10. Report private sources of financial aid to Office of Financial Aid. Please include a copy of your outside scholarship award letter:
    NYIT Office of Financial Aid
    Northern Boulevard
    P.O. Box 8000
    Old Westbury, NY 11568-8000
  11. Keep your local and permanent addresses current with the Office of the Registrar and on the Student Service HUB—Your Home for University Business.

Rights of Student Aid Recipients

As a student financial aid recipient, you have the right to:

  1. Know the correct procedures for applying for student financial aid, your cost of attendance, and the types of aid available.
  2. Know how financial need is determined, what the criteria are for awarding aid, how academic progress is determined, and what you have to do to continue receiving aid.
  3. Know the type and amount of assistance you will receive, how much of your need has been met, and how and when you will receive your aid funds.
  4. View the contents of your student financial aid file, in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
  5. Know the conditions of any loan you accept.
  6. Know the terms, conditions, and pay rate for any student job you accept under the Federal Work Study Program.
  7. Appeal any decision with the Office of Financial Aid in regard to your application. Appeals must be filed no later than 30 days after the original notification that you have been denied aid.