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 lost eligibility for the Jaguar Excellence Award and would like to appeal
Your parents refuse to complete the FAFSA
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 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. Appeals will be reviewed within 21 business days of receipt.
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:
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
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.
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. Submitted requests will be reviewed within 15 business days of receipt.
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
2023-24 aid year (Fall 2023, Spring 2024, Summer 2024)
Dependency override appeals for 2023-24 may be completed electronically or by submitting a copy of the appeal form and supporting documentation. See below for a link to the electronic form or to access PDF versions of the appeal forms.
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, IUPUC, or IUFW 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.
In order to renew your Jaguar Excellence award you must complete 24 credit hours each school year and mantain a minimum of 3.0 GPA. Students who do not meet the enrollment or GPA requirements may submit an appeal to the Office of Student Financial Services.
All IUPUI students are required to make satisfactory academic progress (SAP) in an eligible degree or certificate program to be eligible for financial aid. Federal regulations require that your entire Indiana University academic record be reviewed for SAP, including semesters in which you did not apply for or receive financial aid. Please visit our SAP website for more information. Submitted requests will be reviewed within 15 business days of receipt.
Federal regulation allows students who have parents that refuse to complete the FAFSA and refuse to provide support to the student to receive an unsubsidized Direct loan. These students will remain a dependent student for financial aid purposes. Submitted requests will be reviewed within 15 business days of receipt.