In certain situations, students and/or their families may appeal for a re-evaluation of their eligibility for financial aid. In other situations, students may appeal if they are not meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP), but want to remain eligible for financial aid.

Including but not limited to:

  • Loss of income due to layoff, involuntary loss of employment
  • Changes in a student’s marital status
  • Increased educational expenses above our standard cost of attendance
  • Dependency status re-evaluations due to adverse home situations
  • Unusual circumstances that prevented a student from meeting SAP standards


Fall Semester: November 15

Spring Semester: April 1

Summer Semester: July 15

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)


To be eligible for financial aid, all students are required to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). If a student is not making SAP, they have the option to complete an appeal to receive financial aid for a probationary period.

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Dependency Status


The dependency appeal process allows a student who has extenuating circumstances to appeal to be considered independent, even though they do not meet any of the independent student criteria on the FAFSA.


Change of Marital Status


When you complete the FAFSA, you report your marital status as of that day. If you will marry after completing your FAFSA, please visit with a Financial Aid and Scholarships Counselor to determine if a change of marital status will benefit you.

Special Circumstance


Completing a Special Circumstances Appeal is the process that allows students/families to address income changes.

Including but not limited to:

  • Layoff/Unemployment
  • Disability
  • Retirement
  • Death
  • Divorce/Separation
  • Child or spousal support
  • Out of pocket medical costs not covered by insurance

If you think you may be a candidate for a Special Circumstance Appeal, visit with a Financial Aid and Scholarships Counselor.

Cost of Attendance


The Cost of Attendance (COA) is an estimate of school-related expenses the student can expect to have for the academic year, or semester of enrollment at UVU. The COA is what determines how much financial aid a student may receive. The COA includes 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).

On a case-by-case basis, a student may complete a Cost of Attendance Appeal that may be able to include costs for dependent care, a computer purchase, disability costs, etc. A COA Appeal may also be completed for housing and utilities if the student has extenuating circumstances.