Academic Progress Appeal
If we determine you are not making satisfactory academic progress, you can appeal our decision online or by visiting Student Central to get a paper copy of the appeal form.
You should read the form carefully. Do not submit your appeal without obtaining all the signatures, explanations, and documentation required. Please have any supporting documentation saved to your computer and ready for upload. You cannot save your work and return later to attach documents. The entire appeal must be submitted in one sitting. Documents may also be submitted at Student Central on Union.
Change in Income Appeal
If you feel that you have special conditions that are not accounted for on your FAFSA or special expenses that are not reflected in your Cost of Attendance, you may consider filing one of the following Special Conditions appeals Forms (SCF).
Filing a SCF may enable us to adjust your income information, which may result in a lowering of your Estimated Family Contribution (EFC).
The following awards are the only award types that may be affected by a lower EFC:
- Pell Grants
- IU Grants for Indiana residents in Pell range
- State Grants for Indiana residents; applicable for widowed parents only
- Federal Loans; you may become eligible for subsidized eligibility if your subsidized annual maximum has not been met
Because the appeal process is somewhat time intensive, please consider the following factors before you make a decision to file:
- If your EFC is already zero, filing an appeal will not make a difference in your aid eligibility
- In 2010–11, 58 percent of dependent Pell Grant recipients had family incomes of $30,000 or less. Only 5 percent of the recipients had family incomes greater than $60,000.
- If a lowered EFC were to make you eligible for additional Pell Grant funds, the typical award amount ranges from $400 to $5,500.
Special Conditions for Parents
Only a parent whose income information is included in a student FAFSA may file an appeal. Please do not submit an appeal until you have received your Financial Aid Notification for the academic year.
If you have experienced one of the following circumstances, you may be eligible to submit a Parent Loss of Income Special Conditions Form:
- Unemployment for at least 10 consecutive weeks in the current calendar year
- Employer-required income reduction for at least 10 consecutive weeks in the current calendar year, resulting in a pay decrease of at least 20 percent
Parents with these other circumstances may be eligible to submit a general Special Conditions Form:
- Parents who have recently become widowed, divorced or separated
- Loss or reduction of untaxed income and/or unemployment benefits
- Parent enrolled as a full-time, degree-seeking student
Special Conditions for Students
Either a Dependent Student Change in Income Appeal or an Independent Student Change in Income Appeal form accounts for the following student circumstances:
- A significant decrease in income from the time you filed your most recent FAFSA
- A loss of untaxed income originally reported on your FAFSA
- For independent students, a married student who is divorced, separated, or widowed since filing the FAFSA
Cost of Attendance Appeals
If you can document expenses in excess of the Estimated Cost of Attendance, you may be eligible for additional financial aid. In some cases, you might be able to borrow additional loans if you have not exhausted your annual maximum.
The following expenses may be considered:
- Additional direct educational expenses, including:
- Musical instruments
- Art supplies
- Tuition beyond the standard amount in the Cost of Attendance
- Purchase of a personal computer
For independent students, we will also consider:
- Uninsured medical costs
- Costs for dependent care
- Excessive transportation costs (graduate students only)
- Special Conditions Form Dependent Student 2013-14
- Special Conditions Form Independent Student 2013-14
If you are classified as a dependent on your FAFSA but feel there are circumstances that make you an independent student, you can file a Dependency Appeal.
Such a student may be reclassified as independent (and thus not required to include parental information on the FAFSA) if our office approves a dependency appeal for that student.
This is important: A parent’s inability or unwillingness to pay IU costs is not considered sufficient grounds to honor your appeal.
The student must demonstrate that an irretrievable breakdown in the student-parent relationship, or another extenuating circumstance, has occurred by providing the following documentation detailing their situation:
- A signed letter from the student. This letter must explain:
- If you received funds from either of your parents in the past year, and if so, how much money you received.
- The last date that you lived with either of your parents.
- Why you want to be considered independent (including dates and descriptions of specific incidents that led you to consider yourself independent).
- Specify what funds, other than financial aid, that you used to support yourself in the last year.
- A signed letter/letters from a professional that has direct knowledge of your situation (such as a high school counselor, therapist, minister, rabbi, social worker, or other professional). This letter must include:
- Confirmation of the breakdown or extenuating circumstances in your family.
- An explanation of their relationship to you and your parents.
- Their understanding of your family circumstance.
- A signed letter from a relative.
- An explanation of why they believe you should be considered independent (including dates and descriptions of specific incidents).
- A signed copy of your 2012 federal income tax return or a Statement of Non-Filing Form.
- Any other supporting documents, such as police reports or court orders.
Once all of the required documentation outlined above is collected, please send the Dependency Appeal to our office.
After the documentation is submitted, you will receive a decision in approximately 10-15 business days. The decision timeline may be longer during peak processing times. If a student’s dependency appeal is approved and the student is reclassified as independent, the parental information will be removed from consideration in the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) calculation, and the EFC will be recalculated.
Previous Dependency Appeals
Each year, students who have been reclassified as independent will need to confirm that they still meet the conditions for being an independent student. These students will be sent an email in December containing the link to the Previous Dependency Appeal Confirmation form. The form can also be obtained at the Office of Student Financial Assistance. Students should submit a FAFSA online by March 10, excluding parent information. If it is determined that the student is still independent the FAFSA will be properly coded to indicate the dependency override. This process can take 10-14 business days to complete after the Previous Dependency Appeal Confirmation form is submitted.