Loss of Income Appeal

The Financial Aid & Scholarships Office provides a Loss of Income Appeal process that allows students/families to address income changes in the current tax year in comparison to the tax year reported on the financial aid application.  The income change may result in a revision to the Expected Family Contribution (EFC), which may affect the student's financial aid eligibility. Loss of Income Appeals are processed starting in the Fall semester.

2018 - 2019 Dates & Deadlines

  • Form Available: September 7, 2018
  • If attending Fall 2018 only deadline to submit appeal: October 19, 2018
  • If attending the Academic Year / Spring 2019 deadline to submit appeal: March 15, 2019
  • A complete financial aid file
  • Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards
  • Hardship must be verified with official documents (third-party)
  • An adjustment will improve the student’s financial aid eligibility (i.e., eligibility for grants or other need based aid)

Documentation is required for each hardship event considered

  • Job Layoff / Termination, work hour reduction
    • Example: Letter of Separation from employer (on company letterhead); last paystub received
  • Military discharge
    • Example: Copy of DD214
  • Divorce or marital separation after financial aid application has been filed
    • Example: Copy of dissolution of marriage / separation
  • Death of Spouse after financial aid file has been reviewed
    • Example: Copy of death certificate
  • Ending of taxable or untaxed income/benefit
    • Example: Copy of document indicating when income/benefit ended (i.e., EDD Claim Letter)
  • One-time lump sum payment or cash distribution in 2016 due to one of the hardship events listed above
    • Example: Copy of financial statement indicating cash pay out; remaining balance and signed statement of future withdrawals (include dates and amounts)

Use the information below to assist you in determining what income documentation maybe be requested in consideration of your Loss of Income.

If loss of income in 2017

  • Independent students: 2017 tax transcripts for you and/or your spouse (if married)
  • Dependent students:  2017 tax transcripts for each family member who experienced a loss of income

If loss of income in 2018

  • Independent students: All income /untaxed income earned in 2018 for you and/or your spouse (if married)
  • Dependent students:  All income/untaxed income earned in 2018 for each family member who experienced a loss of income

 Note: Additional income documentation maybe requested to verify or clarify income changes.

  • Due to the high workload, allow for processing time as Loss of Income appeals will be reviewed in order received
  • You will be notified by the Financial Aid & Scholarships Office when your appeal has been processed or if any additional information is required

Note: If selected for verification, your appeal will be reviewed after verification has been completed