Appealing your award letter

With this year’s FAFSA and financial aid delays, many students and families have found themselves scrambling to get the information they need to make decisions about paying for college. Once you’ve received your award letters from colleges, you may be wondering, “Can I ask for more money?” The answer is yes! While it is not a guarantee, you can submit a financial aid award appeal, especially if your family’s financial situation has changed, or if you feel a mistake has been made.

Who can submit a financial aid appeal?

Appeals are most often successful when a significant change affecting the student’s financial situation, such as the death of a parent, serious illness, job or income loss, or divorce, has occurred. However, any student who has received an insufficient offer of financial aid is eligible to appeal. If you have received a more generous offer from another college, for example, you can appeal for more aid also.


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