Appeals & Special Circumstances

At the UC Berkeley Financial Aid and Scholarships Office, we understand that you may have special or unusual circumstances may arise throughout the year that affect your financial aid eligibility.

What to Know About Appeals

If you believe you have special or unusual circumstances that warrant consideration from our office, we will review the following types of appeals:

Please visit the corresponding web pages above for more information about how to submit an appeal and what deadlines to meet.


NEWLY ADMITTED STUDENTS, you will be able to access the website that allows you to submit an appeal after you accept your offer of admission and create a CalNet ID. If you need immediate assistance, contact Cal Student Central.


If you are in need of immediate financial assistance, you may be eligible for a short-term emergency loan. Also, please see our food assistance program page if you need access to nutritious food.

Additional Resources

Please visit the following pages to get more information for specific types of students:

Additional questions? Please contact Cal Student Central for more information.


ATTENTION: The ASUC Student Advocate’s Office is a student-run office that provides free and confidential advice and representation to students who experience issues or conflicts with the university. If you would like additional support completing an appeal process, please contact them at