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 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 about any recent change in circumstances.
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.
- Never pay for assistance with the financial aid appeals process. If you need help, stick with free resources.