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Appeals

Students have the right to appeal or request a review of various financial aid components. The information below describes the most typical types of requests. When submitting an appeal, please use one of the following appeal forms as a cover to your request. Please note that submitting a request does not guarantee approval.

Need-Based Appeal Form
Scholarship Appeal Form
Undergraduate Student Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal Form
Graduate Student Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal Form

  • General Appeals

    Students who feel that they have received an unsatisfactory response to a financial aid request can appeal. Along with the Need-Based Appeal Form, you can submit a letter to the Financial Aid Appeals Committee stating your situation and requested change.

  • Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeals

    If you have received notice that you are ineligible for financial aid because of a failure to maintain “Satisfactory Academic Progress”, you can submit either the Graduate Student Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal Form or the Undergraduate Student Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal Form to the Financial Aid Appeals Committee. To appeal, you must submit a detailed letter documenting the extenuating circumstances for why the deficiency has occurred, actions you have taken to resolve the issue and any supporting documentation.

  • University Scholarship Appeals

    To appeal the loss of a University-funded scholarship, you must submit the Scholarship Appeal Form along with a letter and supporting documentation to the University Scholarships and Awards Committee (in c/o Student Financial Aid Office). As part of the appeal, you must clearly document the extenuating circumstances that contributed to not meeting the minimum requirements for renewal of your scholarship(s). If the rationale for your extenuating circumstance is medical in nature, you must also provide documentation from someone with a level of expertise. Please note that failure to maintain the minimum GPA for renewal is not appealable unless there is a significant and extenuating circumstance that affected your ability to meet the required GPA.

    **University Scholarship Appeals are reviewed during the fall semester each academic year. The Scholarship Appeal Form and supporting documentation must be submitted by the last day to drop a class without a "W" for the fall semester.

  • Need-Based Eligibility Appeals

    If you have extenuating circumstances or a significant change in financial status since you filed the FAFSA, you can submit the Need-Based Appeal Form to the Financial Aid Office and request a review. If a comprehensive review is warranted, you will be requested to provide additional supporting documentation.

  • State of South Carolina Scholarship Appeals

    To appeal the loss of a state scholarship (Palmetto Fellows or LIFE), you must appeal directly to the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education (CHE) as Clemson University doesn’t have the authority to make exceptions to state legislation and/or regulations. More information can be found at the Commission’s website.

Notifications Policy

  • Email

    The official method of communication with the Clemson University Student Financial Aid Office is via the University issued email account. In order to stay informed and aware, students are required to set up and maintain their email accounts.  You should check your email frequently.

    We recommend that you add the following email addresses to your "safe" list within your email system's spam filters:

    finaid@clemson.edu — our general email account with two-way communication
    sfa@clemson.edu — an unmonitored distribution list that we use to send information to students.

    If you have issues with your email account, visit the accessClemson page for more information.State of South Carolina Scholarship Appeals.