Appeals and Special Circumstances

The Office of Student Financial Planning recognizes that the Financial Aid process does not always reflect the unique circumstances of each family. As a result, we offer you the ability to provide us with this information. Please read the explanation below to determine which form you should complete.

Special Circumstances

The Request for Financial Aid Award Review form should be completed under the following special circumstances:

  • Loss/reduction of work income (at least 4 weeks).
  • Loss of employment or some untaxed income or benefit
  • Household has unusually high unreimbursed medical and dental expenses
  • Legal separation or divorce
  • Death of parent
  • Any information or changes affecting the family's financial situation

Please complete this form to document those situations. A committee within the Office of Student Financial Planning will review your request. Decisions are based on the documentation provided and the guidelines established by Stetson University and federal/state regulations. All decisions of the committee are final and a CSS PROFILE may be required in order to be considered for a review.

Your request will not be reviewed until we receive all of the required documentation.

Please allow two to six weeks after receipt for review and evaluation. Hurricane-related requests will be expedited.

Award reviews for special circumstances may be requested at any time resulting from a change in family circumstances.

Financial Aid Appeal

The Financial Aid Appeal form should be completed for the following situations, including hurricane-related appeals:

University Scholarship Appeal

  • For a student whose university scholarship (merit) has been reduced, eliminated or is requesting an extension. Please note that failure to maintain the required GPA is not a reason to appeal unless there is a significant and extenuating circumstance that affected your ability to meet the required GPA.

Need-Based Eligibility Appeal

  • For students with extenuating circumstances or a significant change in financial status since filing the FAFSA. If a review is warranted, you will be requested to provide additional supporting documentation.