Students who feel that they have received an unsatisfactory response to a financial aid request can request an 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.
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.
Special Note Regarding COVID-19
We know that most families were impacted emotionally and financially by COVID-19. According to a study by Discover, 47% of respondents reported that their income decreased during the pandemic. We understand that your income in 2020 and 2021 may be significantly less than in 2019, which is the year on which the 2021-22 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is based.
To help you determine if submitting an appeal may increase your financial aid offer, please consider the following:
- There is no exact income cutoff for the Federal Pell Grant, but in general, eligibility begins to decrease at a family income around $40,000 and is usually eliminated at approximately $70,000.
- Therefore, if your income was significantly impacted by COVID-19 or other circumstances, but remained above $70,000 in 2020 or 2021, an adjustment to the amount of financial aid offered is unlikely.
- In comparing your current income to the FAFSA, consider severance pay, state unemployment, federal supplemental unemployment, the Payroll Protection Program, and projected future employment.
If you feel that you may qualify for an adjustment, please use the Need-Based Appeal Form below, explaining your special circumstances. A counselor will review your appeal, perform a rough calculation, and request a formal appeal if appropriate. Please note that appeal decisions are typically not final until after the start of school in the fall, as summer processing is devoted to finalizing initial aid packages for all students.