Cost of Attendance (Budget) Increase
Appeal for Increased Cost of Attendance based on the following expenses will be considered:
Child care expenses, elder care expenses
- Attach a letter from childcare provider detailing agreement (include fee, hours, etc.)
Additional transportation expenses
- Attach a letter indicating mileage, frequency of travel and reason for travel.
Additional books & supplies
- Attach copies of course syllabus and bookstore price list or receipts to substantiate your expenses exceed the office’s standard allowance.
Additional expenses related to an internship
- Attach a letter indicating anticipated costs, such as transportation, clothing (clothing items must be needed to participate in the required internship and will have a one- time maximum of $500), etc. Additional documentation from the organization may be required.
Additional rental/mortgage expenses
- Attach a copy of lease, mortgage statement (Note: maximum allowance for rental or mortgage expense is $800 per month).
Computer Purchase (If not already included for the School of Business. This is a one-time approval).
- Attach a dated sales receipt outlining the specific item(s) purchased, or a written estimate for a potential purchase ($2000 maximum purchase allowance)
On Time Status
Circumstances our office will not consider include:
- Family or student waiting for actual tax/income figures
- Non-UConn publications stating incorrect deadlines
- Initiating the FAFSA web application process late and/or pending the receipt of a PIN.
If your financial situation has changed significantly from the information you provided on the FAFSA, and the situation falls into one of the following categories, you may be eligible to have your financial aid package reevaluated. All awards are based on funds availability.
- Changes in family structure (e.g., death, divorce or legal separation)
- Changes in untaxed income (e.g., social security, child support)
- Exceptional medical/dental expenses not covered by insurance
- IRA/Pension withdrawal or transfer
- Loss of income related to change in employment
If your situation falls into one of the above categories, please submit a letter outlining your circumstances to the OSFAS. The OSFAS will review your situation, and if it falls into one of the above categories, you will receive a request for documentation.
NOTE: The Departments of Education and Labor have established a web site to assist those who are unemployed. The web site provides information on financial aid, labor tools, and other key resources available for unemployed workers.
- Were you born before January 1, 1990 (question 46)?
- As of today, are you married? (Answer “Yes” if you are separated, but not divorced.) (question 47)
- At the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year, will you be working on a master’s or doctorate program (such as an MA, MBA, MD, JD, PhD, EdD, or graduate certificate, etc.) (question 48)?
- Are you currently serving on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces for purposes other than training (question 49)? *
- Are you a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces (question 50)?
- Do you have children who will receive more than half of their support from you between July 1, 2013, and June 30, 2014 (question 51)?
- Do you have dependents (other than your children or spouse) who live with you and who receive more than half of their support from you, now and through June 30, 2013 (question 52)?
- At anytime since you turned age 13, were both your parents deceased, were you in foster care or were you a dependent or ward of the court (question 53)?
- Are you, or were you an emancipated minor as determined by a court in your state of legal residence at the time you received the determination (question 54)?
- Are you, or were you in legal guardianship as determined by a court in your state of legal residence at the time you received the determination (question 55)?
- At any time on or after July 1, 2012, did your high school or school district homeless liaison determine that you were an unaccompanied youth who was homeless (question 56)?
- At any time on or after July 1, 2012, did the director of an emergency shelter or transitional housing program funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development determine that you were an unaccompanied youth who was homeless (question 57)?
- At any time on or after July 1, 2012, did the director of a runaway or homeless youth basic center or transitional living program determine that you were an unaccompanied youth who was homeless or were self-supporting and at risk of being homeless (question 58)?
To appeal your dependency status and be considered independent for financial aid purposes, you must clearly demonstrate an adverse family situation. This is called a dependency override, and is considered on a case-by-case basis.
The following conditions do not merit a dependency override, either alone or in combination, according to U.S. Department of Education guidelines:
- Parent(s)unable or refusing to contribute to the student’s education
- Parent(s) unwilling to provide information on the FAFSA or documents for verification
- Parent(s) not claiming the student as a dependent for income tax purposes
- Student demonstrating total self–sufficiency
If you feel that you have a special or unusual circumstance that has contributed to an unintentional, uncontrollable break in a relationship between you and your parent(s) please submit a letter or email to our office that clearly documents your situation. You must include a third-party documentation (e.g., a statement with letterhead from a social worker, counselor, principal, doctor, lawyer, or clergy) to support the reason(s) listed in your letter. All information regarding your appeal will remain confidential. Once the necessary information has been received, your appeal will be reviewed and you will be notified of the decision via your University email account.