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.
AppealsStudents 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.
- General Appeals
- 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 scholarship: you must submit the Scholarship Appeal Form, letter, and supporting documents to the Office of Scholarships. As part of the appeal, you must clearly document the reasons beyond your control that contributed to not meeting the renewal requirements of your scholarship(s).
**University Scholarship Appeals are reviewed during the fall semester each academic year. The Scholarship Appeal Form and supporting documents must be submitted by the last day to register or add a class.
- 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 does not have the authority to make exceptions to state legislation and/or regulations. More information can be found at the Commission’s website.
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:
email@example.com — our general email account with two-way communication
If you have issues with your email account, visit the accessClemson page for more information.
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