Overpayment Policy

OVERPAYMENT  POLICY

Saddleback College Financial Aid Office continuously makes every effort to work with students and families to ensure information is accurate for financial aid eligibility determination. At times, information will come in from other sources that would change the financial aid eligibility for the student. In the cases where financial aid is already disbursed, the student can be in an overpayment situation. In an overpayment situation, the Financial Aid Office will determine the difference and notify the student. Saddleback College will repay the federal or state agency on behalf of the student. The student will then be obligated to repay the difference to the college.

The Financial Aid Office will place a hold in MySite which will prevent the student from registering in or dropping classes. This hold will not impact a student’s ability to obtain transcripts, transfer to another institution, or receive additional financial aid assuming the student meets all eligibility requirements. Outstanding debts with the college are not deducted from a student’s future financial aid disbursements. Students are required to repay the college via cash, cashier’s check, or money order.

To ensure compliance with Article XVI, Section 6 of the California Constitution, Saddleback College Financial Aid Office will request repayment of any funds disbursed to a student in error, which was repaid to the issuing agency using District liability funds. Every effort is made to avoid errors when disbursing financial aid to students. However, in cases where financial aid is disbursed to a student in error, when required to do so, Saddleback College will repay the issuing agency using District funds and will notify the student of their obligation to repay their outstanding debt with Saddleback College within 30 days of repaying the funds to the issuing agency. To view this policy please open the PDF.