You may wish to submit an appeal for a number of different circumstances, which include:
Students who fail to meet these standards and have mitigating circumstances may appeal to the Office of Student Financial Aid by completing the satisfactory academic progress appeal process.
The most common reasons resulting in approved appeals are:
Parents and/or students wishing to file a Special Circumstances, Budget, or Parent in School Appeal must have submitted a FAFSA for the year in question, and must complete the appropriate form, attach all required documentation and submit the form to the financial aid office no later than 30 days prior to the end of the semester. Incomplete or late submissions may not be able to be considered. For students who are receiving state aid, no adjustments will be made to their FAFSA until after the 4th week of classes. Forms are available by clicking on the individual forms linked below. Note: All forms are in PDF format.
(Student or Parent): This appeal should be used if circumstances beyond the student's control have affected their income or have added extraordinary expense during the academic year. Successful appeals may result in a reduced Expected Family Contribution.
Every student is given a budget calculation based on their living arrangements (from their FAFSA information), credit hours and weeks in school. This budget is used to determine the student's Cost of Attendance (COA) and establish the maximum amount of aid a student could be eligible for. Students with unusual or extraordinary living expenses may file an appeal to have their budget adjusted using actual expenses rather than estimated expenses. Appeals should include significant evidence of expenses.
Dependent students with one or both parents attending school at least 1/2 time in a degree-seeking program may appeal for special consideration. Parents must provide evidence of enrollment and degree status.
Students who do not meet the federal definition of an independent student but who have extraordinary circumstances beyond their control which have prevented their parent(s) from providing for them may be eligible to appeal their dependency status. Students must provide written documentation and 3rd party confirmation of the situation and must file a new appeal every year until they meet federal criteria for independence.
The Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendment of 1989, enacted by Congress as Public Law 101-226, requires an institution of higher education to adopt and implement a program designed to prevent the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees. In some cases, conviction of drug-related offenses could result in the student's ineligibility for federal funds or other forms of assistance.
All students are encouraged to read the Drug-Free Campus information published in the Schedule of Classes. Questions or comments should be addressed to the Vice-Chancellor for Student Affairs, Room US-155, at (812)941-2420.