Financial aid eligibility is calculated based on the information provided on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Income, assets and other information reported on the FAFSA is evaluated using a formula called Federal Methodology as set by Congress. The formula assumes that previous year’s income and assets as of the day of the filing of the FAFSA are good predictors of a family’s financial strength. Based on this assumption, financial aid eligibility is determined using previous year income information. However, the Department of Education gives Student Financial Services the authority to use Professional Judgment on a case by case basis to adjust elements in the federal need analysis to take into consideration a family’s special circumstances.
A family must submit an Appeal for Reconsideration along with all required supporting documents in order to initiate a review of their special circumstances. The Student Financial Services Appeal Committee cannot review appeals until after the semester begins. Therefore, it is important that you determine alternative methods of payment for the term until your appeal can be considered. The student and/or parent(s) have the primary responsible for any financial obligation that may exist prior to the completion of the review process.
PLEASE NOTE: Appeals for Reconsideration generally result in additional Direct Subsidized Loan eligibility only or a Federal Pell grant. Additional institutional grant funding is not awarded based on recent changes in financial circumstance.
For more detailed information about the conditions under which an appeal can be filed, please review the Appeal for Reconsideration form for the appropriate academic year.