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Financial Aid Appeal|Student Financial Aid

Financial Aid Appeal

Occasionally students and/or parents will feel that the information required on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) does not realistically reflect their circumstances or their ability to provide the Expected Family Contribution (EFC). When this happens, a student may choose to submit an appeal to the UW Office of Student Financial Aid requesting that his or her situation be reviewed.

The Financial Aid Appeal requests a reconsideration of the amount of aid that has been offered by providing additional information that will assist the office in determining the student's eligibility for financial aid. This additional information is typically related to:

  • Divorce
  • Retirement
  • Death of a family member
  • Loss of employment or significant reduction in income or benefits
  • Unusually high medical expenses NOT covered by insurance
  • Other unusual expenses or circumstances


The method for submitting this type of appeal is the Financial Aid Appeal Form, after you have received your first Award Notice. The information submitted will be evaluated to determine if an adjustment can be made to present a more realistic picture of the family's ability to contribute to the cost of education. As always, adjustments to financial aid awards are subject to the availability of funds. Explanation of circumstances should be thorough, and when applicable, supporting documentation should be provided. Depending on the time of year and volume of appeals to be reviewed, a student may usually expect a decision to be made on his/her appeal within 2-4 weeks. Please note that expenses such as high credit card debt, home mortgage or repairs, or high costs of living are NOT appealable items. Also, appealing merely to ask for additional funds will not result in any changes. Appeals should be submitted only if your situation has changed dramatically or is not accurately reflected on the FAFSA. Appeals may be made only after an Award Notice has been received.

Our mission is to provide funds to students who truly need financial aid. Often we cannot do that unless we are fully aware of unusual circumstances that may exist. If you have any questions about whether a particular situation might qualify, you should discuss it with a financial aid adviser. All your data and documentation are kept scrupulously confidential.


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