Appeals for Financial Aid

The formula to determine financial aid eligibility is standard for all FAFSA applicants. When there are unusual situations or circumstances that impact your federal student aid eligibility, federal regulations give a financial aid administrator discretion to use professional judgment on a case-by-case basis and with adequate documentation to make adjustments to your federal aid eligibility.

Filing a Dependency Override, Family Contribution or Cost of Attendance Appeal gives you, the student, an opportunity to explain changes to income, life circumstances or additional expenses that are not reflected on the FAFSA.

If a Professional Judgment appeal is approved, your financial aid may be updated, which could mean an increase in federal need-based aid.

We want to do all we can to take your particular circumstances into consideration. View the links below to learn how to bring your situation to our attention.


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