How to appeal a decision that affects your financial aid
There are several reasons you might want to file an appeal:
- If you’ve had a big change in income since you filed your FAFSA
- If you can document expenses greater than your estimated cost of attendance
- If you’re classified as a dependent on your FAFSA but you feel you should be classified as independent
- If we determine you are not making satisfactory academic progress
- If you are seeking financial aid while taking preparatory coursework to gain admission to a program
If you choose to file an appeal for any of these reasons, please do so at least 30 days before the end of the term. You should receive a decision within 15 business days after you submit your appeal, though it may take longer during busy times of the year.
Each type of appeal requires a different form. Read the form carefully and be sure to submit all signatures, explanations, and documentation required.
Learn more about each type of appeal below.
Satisfactory academic progress (SAP) appeal
Fill out an satisfactory academic progress (SAP) appeal form if you want to appeal our decision that you aren’t making satisfactory academic progress. Contact email@example.com to request the SAP appeal form.
Special circumstance appeal
The Special Circumstance Appeal allows you to request an appeal that may qualify you for an adjustment to your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) or Cost of Attendance (COA). Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request the special circumstance appeal form.
A Special Circumstance Appeal may be used when your family’s financial status has changed since filing the FAFSA or you have an expense that was not considered as part of the FAFSA. Contact email@example.com to determine whether your special circumstance may have an impact on the type or amount of financial aid that is available.
Generally adjustments can be made for the following situations: