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Financial Aid Appeal due to change in circumstances

 
The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships is committed to a thorough and personal review of each family's individual circumstances as the basis of determining a student's financial aid eligibility. However, we recognize that family circumstances can change unexpectedly, affecting a family's ability to contribute toward educational expenses.

Your financial aid is based upon income from two years prior to the start of the academic year as reported on the financial aid application. If your family's circumstances change after receiving your financial aid offer, you may request a review of your financial aid by completing the financial aid appeal form. The following may be considered a change in circumstances if not initially reported on your financial aid application:
  • Significant loss of income due to termination or change in employment - recommended to wait 3 months after losing income before completing an appeal 
  • Reduction of child support
  • One-time/non-recurring income
  • High unreimbursed medical/dental expenses not covered by insurance
  • Death, divorce, or separation
  • Elementary or secondary school tuition expenses
  • Parent unreimbursed tuition expenses
The following is not considered a change of circumstances and cannot be considered:
  • Matching financial aid eligibility from other universities or colleges
  • Student or parent(s) who does not wish to borrow to cover educational expenses
  • Parent(s) refusal to contribute to educational expenses or complete the FAFSA
  • Parent(s) payment of student loans for older sibling
  • Expenses associated with life-style choices such as credit card debt, monthly bills (i.e. mortgage, vehicle, cell phone or heating payments), wedding expenses, sports, enrichment activities, etc.
If you have experienced an unusual or change in circumstances as described, you may complete the below financial aid appeal form. Supporting documentation may be required. Additional financial assistance is determined on a case-by-case basis and may be in the form of a loan, employment, or grant. Submission of this form does not guarantee an adjustment or increase to your financial assistance. We will notify the student directly if eligibility for assistance can be improved.

Please note: Financial Aid Appeals are processed as quickly as we can, but delays in processing may occur during peak times. Students are encouraged to pay their university bill on time and should not wait for the financial aid appeal to be processed. The student is responsible for any fees or finance charges accrued due to not paying their bill by the due date. It is our expectation that families will use all resources available to them to finance their education, including current salary, savings, investments, payment plans, and student/parent loans if necessary. Our decision is final and cannot be appealed to the U.S. Department of Education.

When submitting electronically, your student identification information and email address will be considered as a signature certifying that the information reported is as true, accurate, and complete as possible. If you are a dependent student submitting parental information you must receive permission from your parent(s) before doing so. Submission represents that you have approval from your parents to submit data on their behalf. You will be asked to provide a parental telephone number which we may use to corroborate data submitted on behalf of your parents. Please be aware that the U.S. Inspector General requires us to report all cases of fraud (and submitting parental data without permission would be fraud) as well as purposely providing inaccurate information to receive more aid.

2021-2022 Financial Aid Appeal Form


Students must receive their initial financial aid offer before an appeal will be processed. Once reviewed, students will be contacted regarding any changes to their financial aid offer.

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