Appeal Process

The FAFSA doesn’t always tell the whole story, and for that reason, we evaluate special circumstances on a case-by-case basis.

If you believe you have a special circumstance due to your family’s financial situation, undue hardship, or other special circumstances, you may take the following steps to have the Financial Aid Office re-evaluate your situation:

  1. Contact the financial aid office via phone, email, or in person to request a phone or in person meeting with a Financial Aid Counselor.
  2. In this meeting please be prepared to describe your situation in detail and provide any supporting documentation.
  3. As each case is unique, the financial aid counselor will guide you through the process, including any additional documentation.


Examples of special circumstances:

A Change in the income reported on the FAFSA due to:

  • parent(s) or student now unemployed
  • parent(s) or student has new lower earning job or now working part-time
  • parent(s) or student are separated or have filed for divorce
  • Significant undue medical expenses
  • K-12 private school expenses for younger siblings of dependent students
  • Death of parent (or spouse if an independent student)

You will be required to submit documentation in support of these changes in financial circumstances. This can include parent (if applicable) and student tax returns and any additional forms or documentation to support your request.

Other Types of Appeals