If a college or university denies a student’s financial aid application, the student may be able to appeal the decision. Here is a brief overview of the college perspective on financial aid appeals:
- Colleges and universities want to help students afford their education: Most colleges and universities want to help their students afford their education and will do what they can to provide financial assistance. If a student’s financial aid application is denied, it may be because the college does not have enough funding to meet the student’s need or because the student did not meet the eligibility criteria.
- Colleges and universities have a process in place for financial aid appeals: If a student’s financial aid application is denied, the college or university will usually have a process in place for appealing the decision. This process may involve filling out additional forms, providing additional documentation, or writing a letter explaining the circumstances that led to the student’s financial need.
- Colleges and universities consider all appeals on a case-by-case basis: When reviewing a financial aid appeal, colleges and universities consider the individual circumstances of each student. They will take into account any extenuating circumstances, such as a significant change in the student’s financial situation or a natural disaster, that may have impacted the student’s ability to pay for college.
- Colleges and universities may not be able to fully meet a student’s financial need: It’s important to keep in mind that colleges and universities may not be able to fully meet a student’s financial need, even if the appeal is granted. In these cases, students may need to explore other options, such as scholarships or private loans, to help pay for their education.
- Colleges and universities may be able to provide additional resources and support: If a student’s financial aid appeal is denied or the college or university is unable to fully meet the student’s financial need, the school may be able to provide additional resources and support to help the student afford their education. This may include information about financial aid options at other schools or assistance with finding a part-time job.