Rights & Responsibilities

Each year, more than 18,000 Northeastern University students request student financial assistance to help defray the cost of education. Federal, state, and institutional resources form a partnership with your (and your family's) own commitment to meet your educational costs. 

As a student financial aid recipient and partner in this partnership you have a number of responsibilities and rights:


  • Complete and submit application materials to the appropriate agencies within required or recommended timeframes. 

  • Read all materials sent to you from the Office of Student Financial Services and other agencies awarding you aid. Read, understand, and keep copies of all forms you sign. 

  • Know and comply with the 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 or a Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant due to repayment.

  • Provide additional documentation, federal tax returns, W-2's, and any additional information if requested by the Office of Student Financial Services. 

  • Comply with the provisions of any promissory note and all other agreements you sign including repaying your student loans.

  • Complete the registration process each term by the end of the drop/add period in order to ensure availability of all student aid funds you have been awarded. Note: Most aid programs are limited and may be subject to cancellation if your registration process is not completed.

  • Use student financial aid proceeds solely for direct educational costs and related living expenses. 

  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress. 

  • Report private sources of student financial aid to the Northeastern University Office of Student Financial Services.

  • Report any changes in your status: marital, academic, enrollment, residential, or name status.

  • Keep your local and permanent addresses current with the University Registrar.


  • Have all records and data submitted with your application for financial aid treated as confidential information, as prescribed by the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). 

  • Have an explanation of the award process.

  • Be notified of changes in your financial aid status and the reasons for those changes.

  • Know the conditions of any loan you accept. 

  • Know the terms, conditions, and pay rate for any student job you can accept.