Financial Aid Appeals

Students may be experiencing unusual situations that do not necessarily coincide with the basic general financial aid application process. Such situations can be appealed with the appropriate appeal form for the unusual situation. The following list describes the appeals accepted through the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office.

Please read the specific instructions included on each form and follow the directions fully. The Financial Aid and Scholarships Office will not accept or review an appeal that is incomplete or lacks appropriate documentation. Appeal forms can be found on our Forms webpage. Appeals are processed on a case-by-case basis. For more information regarding the appeals process, or if you have questions specific to your situation, please see a Financial Aid and Scholarships Office Counselor.

Uploading Documents

Once your appeal is complete, upload all documentation to the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office by:

  • Log in to UVLink
  • Click on Student Tab
  • Financial Aid folder (under Banner Services)
  • Upload Financial Aid Forms
  • Select the appropriate Aid Year
  • Choose your document by clicking the Browse button in the “Select File for Import” field
  • Submit File

The Financial Aid and Scholarships Office cannot process incomplete documents. Citizenship documents, official transcripts, and the "Identity and Statement of Educational Purpose" form may not be uploaded. All documents must be in PDF format.

Your uploaded document will be reviewed by the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office in the order it was received. Check your UVLink requirements for additional or incomplete documents.

Cost of Attendance Appeal

The foundation of federal student aid begins with your Cost of Attendance, which is an estimate of what it will cost you to attend school. It sets the limit on the total aid you may receive. You may receive federal student aid, Utah Valley University scholarships, scholarships outside of Utah Valley University, and other Estimated Financial Assistance up to your Cost of Attendance. If you receive assistance beyond your Cost of Attendance, the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office must return federal student aid to the U.S. Department of Education, and return private education loan funds to the lender, until your assistance no longer exceeds your Cost of Attendance. The one exception is if you only receive a Federal Pell Grant and no other federal aid or private education loans.

Per federal regulations and U.S. Department of Education guidance, the Cost of Attendance can include tuition and fees, books and supplies, room and board, personal (miscellaneous) costs, and minimal transportation costs to and from school (the purchase of a car is excluded from this provision). On a case-by-case basis, the Cost of Attendance might also include: an educational loan fee, dependent care, computer purchase, disability costs, etc. If you are awarded a Direct Loan, your Cost of Attendance will include the educational loan fee. For more information about Cost of Attendance, visit our Cost of Attendance webpage http://www.uvu.edu/financialaid/consumer/cost.html.

Where to find the form: The Cost of Attendance Appeal is located on the Forms page of the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office website http://www.uvu.edu/financialaid/apply/forms.html.

Deadline to submit the form:  To have the appeal form reviewed, you must upload all completed documentation no later than two weeks before the last day of your enrollment for the semester you are requesting an increase to your Cost of Attendance.

Change of Marital Status Request

The U.S. Department of Education requires a student to report his or her current marital status as of the date the student signs and submits the FAFSA. If a student’s marital status changes, from single to married, after the FAFSA is completed, the student may submit the Change of Marital Status Request form to update their marital status on the FAFSA from single to married.

Where to find the form: The Change of Marital Status Request form is located on the Forms page of the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office website http://www.uvu.edu/financialaid/apply/forms.html.

Deadline to submit the form:  To have this request reviewed, you must upload all completed documentation no later than two weeks prior to the last day of your enrollment for the semester you are requesting aid.

Dependency Status Appeal

Students not meeting federal criteria for independent status (http://studentaid.ed.gov/fafsa/filling-out/dependency) may request a professional judgment adjustment to override the federal criteria. Dependency overrides will be considered on a case-by-case basis due to unusual circumstances. This may include inability to locate parents, an abusive family environment, or abandonment by parents.

Circumstances that do not merit a dependency override include, but are not limited to, parents refusing to contribute to the student’s education, parents’ unwillingness to provide information on the application or for verification, parents not claiming the student as a dependent for income tax purposes, or student demonstrating total self-sufficiency.

All requests must be documented and show that all financial and emotional contact with your parents has been severed as a result of an unusual circumstance. You must upload your documentation to the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office. Requests submitted without documentation will not be considered.

Where to find the form:  TheDependency Status Appeal is located on the Forms page of the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office website http://www.uvu.edu/financialaid/apply/forms.html.

Deadline to submit the form:  To have this request reviewed, you must upload all completed documentation no later than two weeks prior to the last day of your enrollment for the semester you are requesting aid.

 

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Appeal and Maximum Credit Hour Academic Plan

This information can be found on our Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeals page.

You may complete the Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal or Satisfactory Academic Progress Maximum Time Frame Academic Plan located on the Forms page of the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office website. http://www.uvu.edu/financialaid/apply/forms.html

Selective Service Appeal

Men aged 18 – 25 are required to register with Selective Service. This requirement covers men residing in the United States who are U.S. citizens or noncitizens, except that a man who is in the U.S. as a lawful nonimmigrant is not required to register as long as he maintains that status. The U.S. Department of Education requires male students, who would like to receive federal student aid, to be registered with the Selective Service.

You must register online at the Selective Service website (www.sss.gov) or by filling out a form available at a post office.  You can also make a correction to your FAFSA application and ask to be registered through your FAFSA. Please wait three to five business days for the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office to receive your updated FAFSA.

If you failed to register, are not required to register, or are exempt from the requirement to register; you must complete the Selective Service Requirement appeal form. 

A man must register with Selective Service within 30 days of his 18th birthday; however, males who are not yet 18 at the time they complete their FAFSA are not required to be registered for that aid year for financial aid purposes, but will be required to be registered for the following year. Males born before 1960 are not required to register. 

Undocumented males must register with Selective Service. You can register at any U.S. Post Office and do not need a social security number.

Only persons assigned the sex of male at birth are required to register. If a student’s gender identity is now female but she was assigned the sex of male at birth, the student must register with Selective Service, unless one of the exemptions listed on the Selective Service System website (www.sss.gov) applies, regardless of the subsequent sexual reassignment surgery or any other gender transition process. If a student’s gender identity is now male but he was assigned the sex of female at birth, the student is not required to register with Selective Service, regardless of the subsequent sexual reassignment surgery or any other gender transition process. 

If you are female, and incorrectly stated you are a male or left the gender question blank,  return to your FAFSA application and update the gender question to “Female”. Please wait three to five business days for the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office to receive your updated FAFSA.

Where to find the form: The Selective Service Requirement appeal form is located on the Forms page of the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office website. http://www.uvu.edu/financialaid/apply/forms.html

Deadline to submit the form:  To have this request reviewed, you must upload all completed documentation no later than two weeks prior to the last day of your enrollment for the semester you are requesting aid.

Special Circumstance Appeal

Federal student aid eligibility for the 2015-16 award year is generally based on income received in 2014. However, some families may be experiencing situations which will cause their 2015 income to be less than their 2014 income.

The U.S. Department of Education allows an institution to give such cases special consideration and the ability to use 2015 income (for the 2015-2016 award year) based on documented special circumstances.

Generally, a special circumstance is an unforeseen change that adversely affects a family’s income. Examples of special circumstances include recent unemployment, death, divorce, separation, unusual medical care expenses. If you or a family member has experienced a significant drop in income from from 2014 to 2015 (for the 2015-2016 award year) due to a special circumstance, you may complete the appropriate appeal form and provide documentation to support your claim.

Where to find the form: The Dependent Special Circumstance AppealandIndependent Special Circumstance Appealforms are located on the Forms page of the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office website. http://www.uvu.edu/financialaid/apply/forms.html.

Deadline to submit the form:  To have this request reviewed, you must upload all completed documentation no later than two weeks prior to the last day of your enrollment for the semester you are requesting aid.