The Financial Aid and Scholarships Office is aware that your parents’ financial circumstances may change, and those changes may affect their ability to contribute to your education. Our office can help address this issue and assist families who have experienced a significant change in income and/or resources.
Your financial aid offer is based on the income and asset information that you provided on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application. If your parents' current income is substantially less than what you reported on the FAFSA or California Dream Act Application, or their income is substantially reduced by expenses due to certain extenuating circumstances, you can consider requesting a Parent Contribution Appeal. We will review your appeal and make adjustments, as appropriate, based on their current financial situation.
The following circumstances can be considered:
Loss of employment
Reduction in earnings
Medical costs not covered by insurance
Death of a parent
Legal separation or divorce
The Parent Contribution Appeal Form details what type of supporting documentation you are required to submit with the form, in order to verify the change in circumstance.
Each family's situation is unique and is reviewed on a case by case basis. Submission of an appeal does not guarantee approval, and to be safe, families should make alternative payment arrangements while waiting for the outcome of an appeal. If an appeal is approved, in most cases, it is retroactive back to the start of the school year.
Please Note: Parent Contribution Appeals apply to dependent students only. Any changes to your financial aid awards will be contingent on the type of funds available, eligibility policies, and regulations.
If you have questions about this process, please visit Cal Student Central, 120 Sproul Hall.