Appeal for Reconsideration

All need-based financial aid packages are determined based upon the federal and institutional calculation of financial need.

Using the information that you provided on the FAFSA, CSS Profile, student and parent tax returns, if applicable, and other supporting documentation, we have calculated your SAI (Student Aid Index, formerly EFC) and awarded financial aid to meet full calculated institutional financial need.

Financial aid professionals have flexibility in adjusting a student's eligibility for financial aid due to special or unusual circumstances using professional judgment. 

  • Special circumstances include a loss of income, change in family size or additional expenses due to a student's disability.
  • Unusual circumstances most often require an adjustment to a student's dependency status and the information they provide on their FAFSA form based on a unique situation, such as being homeless or foster youth.

We recognize that a family's income is not always consistent and that financial situations change throughout the academic year due to unforeseen circumstances. If you or your family have experienced a change in your financial circumstances since filing the FAFSA and Profile, you may request reconsideration of your need-based financial aid decision.

Early Decision students must submit appeals for institutional scholarship by March 1 and Regular Decision students by April 15. (Appeals received after these dates will still be considered for federal and state funding; consideration for institutional scholarship will depend upon the timing of the change in circumstances as well as funding availability.) There is no specific deadline for returning students. Requests for reconsideration are considered on a first come, first served basis. 

Please note that submission of an appeal does not grant an extension of the bill due date. All student accounts must be paid in full by the stated due dates even if an appeal is in process. If you have any questions regarding the appeal process, or would like to discuss payment plans, private loans or other bill payment options while waiting on an appeal response, please contact us at 781-736-3700.

Frequently Asked Questions