The Federal methodology assumes that the primary responsibility of paying for college rests with the family.
Federal regulations permit the Office of Student Financial Aid to exercise professional judgment to determine if a student has exceptional circumstances. The intent is to enable a response to situations that cannot be fully anticipated in legislation or regulation. Exercising a professional judgment is at the discretion of the school and is a matter of the school’s policy. This is done on a case-by-case basis and no two student’s circumstances can be construed the same. All cases must be appropriately documented. Reviews of appeals are conducted based on federal regulations.
The decision of the Office of Student Financial Aid regarding appeals is final and cannot be appealed to the Department of Education.
Before completing an appeal form please contact our office for valuable advisement. Visit your campus financial aid office or call 404-413-2600.