Student Financial Services SFS

Change in Circumstances Appeal

A student’s financial aid is based upon income from two years prior to the start of the academic year. Student Financial Services recognizes that family circumstances can change unexpectedly that can affect a family’s ability to contribute toward educational expenses. Change in circumstances include instances such as involuntary loss of employment, reduction in income, reduction in benefits, death of a parent or spouse, or other involuntary changes in income or assets. If your family’s circumstances have changed, you may request a reevaluation of your financial aid by completing the Change in Circumstances Appeal form and provide all documentation listed under Section IV.

It is the University’s expectation that families will use all financial assistance offered, including federal direct loans, before requesting a reevaluation for additional aid. Families should plan to use all resources available to them, including current salary, savings, investments, payment plans, and student/parent loans, if necessary. Submit this form only in those instances where the loss of earnings, income and/or benefits, etc. were significant and would greatly affect the family’s ability to contribute to the student’s education.

Additional financial assistance is determined on a case-by-case basis and may be in the form of gift aid or self-help aid (loan). Submission of this form does not guarantee an adjustment or increase in financial aid.

Please follow all instructions completely as missing information will delay the review of your appeal. You will be notified by email of the decision. Also, if additional information is needed, you will be contacted by email. Appeals can take up to 30 working days to complete.

The 2024-2025 Change in Circumstance Appeal form will be available by June 1st