Appealing Your Financial Aid Package

Appealing Your Financial Aid Award Letter

Award letters are typically sent, by schools, to students and parents by April and include how much financial aid you may be eligible for. If your financial circumstances change, you have options to appeal your financial aid award.

What circumstances could change my eligibility for financial aid ?

There are many factors that can change a family's financial position that could impact how they pay for college. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Tuition expenses at an elementary or secondary school
  • Medical or dental expenses not covered by insurance
  • Unusually high child care costs
  • Reduction of wages or recent unemployment
  • Number of parents enrolled in college at least half-time
  • Changes in family income due to a parent death, divorce or separation
  • Affected by a natural disaster

Please check with your intended school's financial aid office for specific information.

When should an appeal be made?

Your intended school's financial aid office may have specific requirements but as a general rule, you should contact the school as soon as your circumstances change.

Who should appeal the financial aid award?

It is preferable to have a parent appeal with the student. If it is a feasible option, you may want to appeal in person with a key decision-maker within the financial aid office. In addition, you may want to have your appeal in writing with applicable documentation to support your appeal.

How long will an appeal decision take?

Some decisions may be immediate while some decisions can take weeks. Check with your intended school's financial aid office for specific timing.