Financial Aid
Rights & Responsibilities

You have the right to:

  • Know that Colorado Northwestern Community College will provide you with information about cost of attendance, available financial assistance (including information on all federal, state, and institutional financial aid programs), program policies, application deadlines, etc. through various publications and correspondence.
  • Expect confidentiality. All financial aid information submitted to the Office of Financial Aid will remain confidential according to the college policy regarding the release of information from student records pursuant to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1976.
  • Accept all or part of the financial aid assistance offered.
  • Have your financial aid application reviewed upon request if there has been a significant change in your family situation. However, this does not always result in an increase of awards.
  • Examine your financial aid records. You may request a review with the Financial Aid Office.
  • Expect fair treatment. Colorado Northwestern Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, veteran status or age.
  • Know statistics on student completion, transfer and graduation rates, athletic related information, crime statistics and campus safety reports.
  • The portion of financial aid received that must be repaid, and the portion that is grant aid. If the aid is a loan, students have the right to know the interest rate, the total amount that must be repaid, the repayment procedures, the length of repayment time, and when repayment is to begin.
  • The method the school uses to determine whether students are making satisfactory progress and what happens if they are not. Detailed information is available in the Satisfactory Academic/Incremental Progress Standards Policy.
You are responsible for:
  • Supplying accurate information on all forms submitted. Funds obtained on the basis of false or misleading information must be repaid and could result in criminal prosecution, prison sentence, and/or a $10,000 fine pursuant to U.S. Criminal Code and Colorado Criminal Code.
  • Reporting any assistance received from sources outside the CNCC Financial Aid Office.
  • Responding to all requests from the Financial Aid Office in a timely manner.
  • Reporting any change in your circumstances that may affect your eligibility for financial aid. These changes include residency, enrollment status (dropping and/or withdrawing from courses), and increase or decrease in financial resources.
  • Using financial aid funds for educational expenses related to your education at CNCC.
  • Repaying all types of loan assistance. You must inform lenders of any change in name, address, or enrollment status while you are attending school and also after you graduate or leave school.
  • Monitoring your academic progress to meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy.
  • Meeting your educational costs. Financial aid may be available to assist when you and/or your family efforts leave a gap in meeting these costs.
If you have any questions, please contact the Financial Aid Office.