Financial Aid Appeals
Have your circumstances changed?
If someone in your family has lost a job or is working less, colleges may be able to provide more financial aid:
- If you’ve already filed a 2020-21 FAFSA or WASFA, talk to the financial aid office about your situation.
- If you haven’t applied for financial aid, it’s not too late. Submit your application, then follow up with the college.
What situations could change the amount of money I get?
Colleges typically consider the following circumstances when determining whether to adjust financial aid:
- You or your parent(s) lost a job and are now unemployed.
- Your household income has changed significantly, or you've experienced a loss of benefits, such as child support.
- Someone in your household has to pay unusual medical or dental bills not covered by insurance.
What kind of proof or documentation do I need to provide?
Requirements vary. You may be asked to complete a form, submit a formal letter, or otherwise verify how your financial aid eligibility has changed. Contact the financial aid office at your college for instructions.
What if I haven’t applied yet?
If you have not yet filed a FAFSA or WASFA financial aid application, there’s still time, and you will need to do so. Yes, the application is based on a previous year’s taxes. Submit your application—even if it doesn’t represent your current circumstances—then follow up with the financial aid office about changes.
Where can I get help?
- The financial aid office at the college you plan to attend is the best resource to answer questions based on your specific circumstances.
- SwiftStudent is a free digital tool for college students to learn about the financial aid appeals process.