Does submitting an appeal mean that I am guaranteed to receive funding?
The appeal team carefully reviews each application to determine if the student is eligible and has requested funding for educational costs and/or emergency expenses related to the pandemic. Expenses for non-educational costs such as home repair cannot be considered. That said, the team works to approve as many appeals as possible.
How long will it take for me to receive a response from the financial aid team?
The appeal team meets weekly or as needed. Generally, students should expect to receive a response or a request for additional information within 10 – 14 days of submitting their appeal.
Should I ask for a larger amount than I need?
Students should thoughtfully consider the amounts they will need to cover the costs they are unable to pay due to their financial hardship. For example, stating that you need help to pay your tuition and then asking for thousands of dollars more than you owe to the university is likely to result in an outright denial of any funds.
The appeal team reviews your FAFSA, student account, current financial aid amounts and educational expenses that are estimated in your COA. Requesting hundreds or thousands of dollars more than your shortfall is likely to result in an appeal that is denied.
Please be aware that by appealing you are applying to be considered for federal/state and or institutional financial aid funds and must answer all questions in the application truthfully and honestly. Significantly inflating the amount of your request is not truthful.
If I receive additional financial assistance for this year (2021-2022), will I receive the same amount for every year of my enrollment?
The amount of resources available to the university to meet student’s expenses varies from year to year. Any funding that is provided via the appeal process must be understood to be a single-year non-renewable award solely for the academic year for which you are applying. If your financial hardship persists you may be considered for funding for a subsequent year via the appeal process.
I am not sure which type of appeal to submit. Will I get more money if I submit multiple appeal applications?
Students should not submit more than one appeal simultaneously via multiple portals. If you are not sure which type of appeal to submit please contact the financial aid office for guidance. Submitting multiple simultaneous appeals delays the review of your circumstances and will not result in additional funding.
If a student’s financial hardship persists and they are in need of additional funding after receiving the response to their first application, they are permitted to submit a second appeal.
Am I required to submit documentation with my appeal application?
Please be aware that by appealing you are applying to be considered for federal/state and or institutional financial aid funds and must answer all questions in the application truthfully and honestly. While you are not required to include documentation when you submit your appeal, the information that you provide is subject to verification, which means that you may be required to submit supplemental documents that confirm and/or explain your answers and statements.
Am I required to accept my student loans before I can receive grant money?
Federal student loans are a valuable resource and personal investment for funding both undergraduate and graduate tuition and other educational expenses. While the appeal team does not primarily base approvals on whether the student has accepted their loans, it is a factor in the decision as to how much is awarded.
Depending upon their circumstances, (especially if their student account balance is fully covered) students may be able to accept their loans to provide a buffer against unexpected expenses during the year.
I heard that HEERF money is available. How do I apply?
The university is using its HEERF allocation to assist students who have financial hardships, especially those that were caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. If you have a financial hardship that is hampering your ability to pay your tuition and/or other educational expenses please submit an appeal.