Required Disclosures

The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) of 2008 requires disclosure of policies that can affect students in colleges and universities. The following information about Financial Aid is disclosed to you as a student at Olin College in compliance with federal law.

It is also intended to help you understand your Rights and Responsibilities as a student receiving financial aid. 

Please visit our Consumer Information page for a complete listing of required disclosures.

Verification Process

The U.S. Department of Education requires that certain financial aid applications be verified. Olin College verifies all applications selected by the U.S. Department of Education, as well as institutionally selected applications. In addition, the College is required to clarify any unclear or conflicting information in a financial aid application. If additional documentation is necessary, the College will notify the student directly. Please respond to the request for documentation within the deadlines indicated.

NOTE: For incoming students, your financial aid offer is tentative until verification documents are received and reviewed. If you are aware of discrepancies in income or assets, please make necessary corrections to your FAFSA at Students will be advised of any changes to aid due to verification.

Appeal Process / Special or Unusual Circumstance

There are times where family circumstances have changed which have an impact on financial aid eligibility. Students may submit a request for the financial aid office to consider these circumstances. These requests will require supporting documentation. Students should expect a response to their request within approximately 2 weeks of the financial aid office receiving complete documentation. Students can find more information and the form to submit on their Olin student portal.

Students are required by the federal government to update the Financial Aid Office regarding certain changes that occur during the academic year. The following changes MUST be reported:

  • Number of family members in the household
  • Student’s enrollment status
  • Student’s housing status

* A change to any of the above factors could result in an adjustment to financial aid.

Disbursement of Aid

Aid is disbursed and posted by the Student Accounts Office at the beginning of each semester for which it is intended. All eligibility criteria are reviewed prior to disbursement. Student accounts will issue a refund due to any student with a credit balance. Federal Pell Grant recipients may be eligible for an earlier refund to help pay for books and supplies. Contact the student accounts office with questions. 

Outside Scholarships

Students are required to inform the College of any grants, scholarships, or benefits received from outside sources.  Please provide a copy of the notification as soon as possible. Outside resources that are restricted to tuition will reduce your Olin Tuition Scholarship only if they exceed the remaining tuition.

Outside resources will initially reduce your self-help aid, this is often the amount you can borrow through the subsidized loan program. Because Olin meets full demonstrated need, we will be required to reduce Olin Need-Based Grant if the value of outside assistance exceeds any federal self-help aid you were awarded.

Funds are divided equally between the fall and the spring semesters. Please provide notification of renewal annually.

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

Federal regulations require that students receiving financial assistance meet certain standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). This means that the student is making progress toward completing their degree in a manner determined by the school. Financial Aid follows the same academic criteria as the Committee on Student Academic Performance (COSAP) and the standard applies to both Federal and Institutional funding received by the student (including merit aid).

In addition to this COSAP review, pace of progression will also be reviewed in cooperation with the Registrar. The quantitative calculation of pace of progression differs from the College quantitative measure in both its cumulative nature and the treatment of transfer credits. Both college and federal standards must be met for continued financial aid eligibility.  Specific criteria may also exist for particular awards. Students who are not in Good Academic Standing will be placed on Financial Aid Warning. During this warning period students continue to receive financial assistance. If at the end of the warning period the student is not meeting required standards, they may be placed on Financial Aid Suspension until such time as they are meeting the required standard.  During Financial Aid Suspension, students are not eligible for financial assistance –this includes all federal and institutional aid, and private loan funding.  Appeals to these decisions may be made to the Director of Financial Aid. The SAP Policy contains specifics regarding the review and appeal process.

Direct Loan Borrowers

The Department of Education has developed a comprehensive resource at to provide consumer information to students and parent borrowers.

Students who borrow through the Federal Direct Loan program are required to complete Entrance Counseling to advise them of their Rights and Responsibilities with regard to borrowing a student loan. Entrance Counseling must be completed prior to the first disbursement of your student loan.

Exit Counseling is required and completed upon graduation and/or less than half-time enrollment. Borrowers who withdraw from the College must complete this requirement as part of the withdrawal process.

Students and parents with an executed Master Promissory Note (MPN) should note that the loan will be submitted to the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS), and will be accessible to guaranty agencies lenders, and institutions determined to be authorized users of the data system.

Requirements for Return of Title IV, HEA Grant or Loan

Students who withdraw from Olin College must file a College Withdrawal Form with the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs for Advising.  Students who withdraw from all classes before the 60% point in a semester may be required to repay all or a portion of the Title IV financial aid they received for that semester. The exact amount to be returned will vary depending on the amount of aid received and at what point during the semester the student withdraws from the college.

If a recipient of Title IV grant or loan funds withdraws after beginning attendance in a term, the amount of Title IV grant or loan assistance earned by the student must be determined.  The amount earned is calculated by taking into consideration the percentage of the semester completed and the amount of aid the student was eligible to receive.  This is known as the Return to Title IV calculation. If the amount disbursed to the student is greater than the amount the student earned, the unearned funds must be returned. If the amount disbursed to the student is less than the amount the student earned, and for which the student is otherwise eligible, he or she is eligible to receive a post-withdrawal disbursement of the earned aid that was not received.

Students who withdraw after the 60% point of the semester will have fully earned their Title IV aid and no funds will be returned.  

Note that this refund policy applies to Title IV HEA funds, both Institutional charges and Institutional financial aid will be subject to the refund schedule provided by Student Accounts.  Students owing a balance to the college due to the return of funds will receive a revised statement of account.

Study Away  

Financial aid is available for students who plan to study away.  Olin is committed to continuing to meet financial need for an away semester.  Students who are planning to study away should meet with the financial aid staff to discuss options and eligibility. A Consortium/Contractual Agreement is required of all students receiving need based aid or student loans. See the Study Away guidelines for additional information.

Statement of Ethical Principles and Code of Conduct for Institutional Financial Aid Professionals

Department of Education regulation requires a school that participates in an FSA loan program to establish and enforce a code of conduct that includes bans on:

  • Revenue-sharing arrangements with any lender,
  • Steering borrowers to particular lenders or delaying loan certifications, and
  • Offers of funds for private loans to students in exchange for providing concessions or promises to the lender for a specific number of FSA loans, a specified loan volume, or a preferred lender arrangement.

This code of conduct applies to the officers, employees, and agents of the school and must also prohibit employees of the financial aid office from receiving gifts from a lender, guaranty agency or loan servicer.

This code also prohibits financial aid office staff (or other employees or agents with responsibilities with respect to education loans) from accepting compensations for:

  • Any type of consulting arrangement or contract to provide services to or on behalf of a lender relating to education loans; and
  • Service on an advisory board, commission, or group established by lenders or guarantors, except for reimbursement for reasonable expenses.

As an Institutional member of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA), Olin College supports and adheres to the Statement of Ethical Principles and Code of Conduct established by NASFAA in November 2017 and November 2020 respectively.