Appeals

How to appeal a decision that affects your financial aid

There are several reasons you might want to file an appeal:

  • You’re classified as a dependent on your FAFSA but you feel you should be classified as independent
  • You’re a nondegree student seeking financial aid while taking preparatory coursework to gain admission to an IUPUI or IUPUC degree-granting program
  • Special circumstances have significantly affected your financial situation since you filed your FAFSA or you can document expenses greater than your estimated cost of attendance
  • We’ve determined you are not making satisfactory academic progress
  • You’re a degree-seeking student at IUPUI who would like to receive aid while enrolled at another IU campus
  • You’re taking classes at both IUPUI and Ivy Tech Central Indiana or IUPUC and Ivy Tech Columbus

Each type of appeal requires a different form and may require supporting documentation. Read the form carefully and be sure to submit all signatures, explanations, and documentation required.

If you don’t meet the federal criteria for independent status on your FAFSA but feel you have unusual circumstances that would qualify you, you can request a dependency override. If you were approved for an override during a previous aid year, request a renewal instead.

Unusual circumstances that may qualify you include an abusive family environment or being abandoned by your parents.

The following do not count as circumstances that will qualify you for a dependency override:

  • Your parents refuse to contribute to your education
  • Your parents are unwilling to provide information on the FAFSA or for verification
  • Your parents don’t claim you as a dependent for income tax purposes
  • You demonstrate total self-sufficiency

Dependency override forms

Please contact the Office of Student Financial Services at 317-274-4162 or finaid@iupui.edu with questions or to request these forms in an accessible format.

 

2019–20 aid year (fall 2019–summer 2020)
2018–19 aid year (fall 2018–summer 2019)

If you haven’t been admitted into a degree-seeking or eligible certificate program but have a valid FAFSA on file and are taking the coursework required to enter such a program, you must fulfill certain requirements and complete a verification form to be eligible to receive federal financial aid.

Submit a nondegree prerequisite coursework verification form if all of the following are true:

  • You are taking courses at IUPUI or IUPUC with the goal of being admitted to a degree-seeking or eligible certificate program at either school
  • Your coursework is required to qualify for admission to the program (must be verified by an advisor in the department or school for each semester you request aid)
  • You haven’t exceeded the maximum period of eligibility for federal student loans as a nondegree prerequisite student (one consecutive 12-month time period)
  • Your enrollment during the verified semester matches the coursework listed on your verification form
  • Your prerequisite courses for each semester are equal to or greater than half time

Note that graduate students are not eligible for Grad PLUS loans while working on prerequisite courses.

Nondegree coursework verification forms

Please contact the Office of Student Financial Services at 317-274-4162 or finaid@iupui.edu with questions or to request these forms in an accessible format.

 

2019–20 aid year (fall 2019–summer 2020)

 

2018–19 aid year (fall 2018–summer 2019)

If your family’s financial status has changed since you filed your FAFSA or if you had an expense that was not considered as part of the FAFSA, you may be able to file a special circumstance appeal.

Expected Family Contribution (EFC) change

If your family will be contributing less to your education than expected when you filed your FAFSA, you may be able to reduce your EFC. The following items may be taken into consideration:

  • Your parent’s enrollment in a postsecondary education program
  • An involuntary decrease in income
  • Loss of one-time or nonrecurring income
  • You (or your parent, if you’re a dependent student) were separated, divorced, or widowed since filing the FAFSA

If you already have an EFC of zero, you shouldn’t submit an appeal for an EFC change since it cannot be decreased further.

Cost of attendance (COA) change

Certain types of expenses can increase your COA. If you had any of the following expenses not accounted for when you filed your FAFSA, you may be able to have your COA increased:

  • Vehicle repair or mileage expenses
  • Computer purchase
  • Dependent care allowance
  • Professional licensure exams (graduate students only)
  • Other reasonable education-related expenses

Be aware that an increase in your COA won’t necessarily allow for an increase in the amount of financial aid you’re awarded. For example, if you’ve already been awarded the annual maximum in Federal Direct Loan funding, you won’t be eligible for an increase in this funding due to federal annual loan limits. However, you may be able to get a private loan or a Federal Direct Parent/Grad PLUS loan up to your new COA.

Other situations

If you feel you have a special circumstance that isn’t covered by the EFC or COA change, contact the Office of Student Financial Services for assistance.

Special circumstance appeal forms

Please contact the Office of Student Financial Services at 317-274-4162 or finaid@iupui.edu with questions or to request these forms in an accessible format.

 

2019-20 aid year (fall 2019–summer 2020)

 

2018–19 aid year (fall 2018–summer 2019)

 

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