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Financial Aid Appeals - 508.2

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University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Policy Name: Financial Aid Appeals
Policy Number: 508.2
Effective Date: April 1, 2010 (review date)
 

Policy:

The UALR Office of Admissions and Financial Aid follows federal, state and institutional regulations in administering financial aid.

  1. If you have unusual or extenuating circumstances that you feel are not addressed by the policies of this office, you may submit a written request for review to the Admissions and Financial Aid Appeals Committee.
  2. Students are responsible for writing their own appeal.
  3. All supporting documentation should be submitted with the appeal form. Failure to do so may result in denial of the appeal, a request for additional information, or a refusal to take action by the committee.
  4. All information will become a part of the student’s financial aid record. Items cannot be returned.
  5. You will receive a written response in two to four weeks. Appeals submitted at the beginning of a semester may take longer to receive a response.

Types of Financial Aid Appeals

  1. Academic Appeal: Failure to Make Satisfactory Academic Progress
    • Students who have a status of SAP Cancellation, and have extenuating circumstances, may file an appeal with the University Admissions and Financial Aid Appeals Committee.
    • A written appeal must be filed at the end of the semester in which you were cancelled:
      • If financial aid was cancelled after the spring term, the appeal must be submitted by June 1.
      • If financial aid was cancelled after the summer term, the appeal must be submitted by September 1.
      • If financial aid was cancelled after the fall term, the appeal must be submitted by January 10.
      • The appeal must include supporting documentation of the extenuating circumstances that caused the failure to make satisfactory academic progress.

      This is your only time to appeal. Your appeal will NOT be considered if you do not submit an appeal by the deadline date listed after the semester in which your financial aid was cancelled.

      NOTE: Students on SAP Probation or SAP Conditional Probation are eligible for financial aid. No appeal is necessary.

    • Financial Reconsideration: Loss of Income or Unusually High Expenses
      • The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is based on income from the previous tax year. In most cases, this income is a good predictor of the family’s current financial strength. However, if a loss of income has occurred, the student may appeal for reconsideration based on the family’s income for the current year.
      • A loss of income from employment due solely to the student’s decision to return to school is considered a choice, and does not support a request for financial reconsideration. The change in income will be reflected on the next year’s financial aid application.
      • UALR will consider a loss of income due to circumstances beyond the student’s or family member’s control: layoff, factory closing, termination, inability to work due to illness or disability, etc.
        • Required documentation of loss of income.
        • Letter from employer verifying last date of employment.
        • Documentation of year-to-date earnings for the student’s household.
        • Documentation of unemployment benefits.
        • Documentation of other expected income.
        • Required documentation of exceptional medical expenses paid medical or dental expenses in excess of 7.5% of adjusted gross income.
        • Documentation of prescription medication expenses not covered by insurance.
  2. Dependency Status Appeal: Request for Independent Status
    • Undergraduate students who are single, under the age of 24, and have no dependents, are considered to be dependent for purposes of federal financial aid.
    • Students who have extenuating circumstances may file an appeal to be considered exempt from the requirement to provide parent information on the FAFSA.
    • The family’s choice for the student to be self-supporting and/or the parent’s refusal to provide information does not support a request for a dependency status change.
    • Required documentation:
      • Statement explaining the unusual and extenuating circumstances that are the basis of your appeal.
      • Listing of all current income if you have not already provided a current year tax return.
      • Supporting letter(s) from a non-family member (high school counselor, clergy, attorney, caseworker or counselor).
  3. Scholarship Appeals
    • Academic
      • If you do not meet the renewal criteria for UALR Academic Scholarships, you may submit an appeal to the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid. Appeals must be in writing. Please include any supporting documentation of your circumstances. Your appeal will be reviewed by the Admissions and Financial Aid Appeals Committee. You will receive a written response in two to four weeks. Appeals submitted at the beginning of a semester may take longer to receive a response.
    • Private
      • You may submit a letter of appeal to the Office of Development explaining the extenuating circumstances that resulted in the loss of Private Scholarship funds. Appeals must be in writing and should include supporting documentation of the situation. The Private Scholarship Committee will review your case and you will be notified of the outcome in two to four weeks.
  4. Other Types of Appeals
    • Residency Appeals: Request for In-State Tuition Rate
      • Students who wish to file an appeal for Arkansas residency for tuition and fee purposes must submit the Reclassification for Arkansas Residency for Fee Purposes form and supporting documentation to the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid. Residency appeals will be processed in the date order they are received. Residency appeals will NOT be approved retroactively for previous semesters. Students must file the residency appeal for the current or a future term, please make a note of the application deadlines on the form. The student will be notified in writing.
      • Before completing the residency appeal form you should review the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees Policy.


Source: Financial Aid Website/Policies
Revised:
Approved By: Existing Policy
Custodian: Admissions and Financial Aid

Updated 1.28.2013