Additional Info : Petitioning Your Aid

If you think some aspect of your financial situation was overlooked that would affect an evaluation of your need, you are entitled to an appeal. Petition forms are available at the SFA reception desk and on the SFA Forms page. The workload at SFA when you file your petition will determine the response time to the appeal. All actions resulting from the petition process are contingent upon fund availability and any processing deadlines which may be in effect at the time of petition approval.

Financial Aid Revision Petition

Form Used: Financial Aid Revision Petition (download from Forms Page)
(Available at Student Financial Affairs from financial aid advisers, S-107 Criser Hall)

The Office for Student Financial Affairs (SFA) recognizes that many families experience significant changes in income or family situations that are not reflected in the base-year income used to determine the student’s expected family contribution.

Because of this, a review process is available. Students who can document extenuating financial or personal circumstances can submit a Revision Petition to appeal their financial aid decision. Extenuating circumstances may include, but are not limited to, situations such as:

  • Divorce of parents or student
  • Death of a major wage earner
  • Involuntary loss of income by a major wage earner
  • Loss of other income or benefits (such as Social Security benefits or child support) by the student, parents, or student spouse

If you have extenuating circumstances that you believe warrant a reevaluation of your financial aid, you should contact your financial aid advising team to discuss your unique situation. You/your parents will be asked to complete a Revision Petition and to provide a complete written explanation detailing your/your parents’ extenuating circumstances. You will also need to provide documentation that you feel supports your appeal. Once your Revision Petition has been received, a professional judgment committee will review it, and you will be notified of the results in writing.

The normal time period for filing revision petitions is March 1 through June 1 of each processing year. You should be aware that the appeal process will deactivate your financial aid file for up to a month. During this time neither need-based aid nor non-need-based financial aid may be processed or disbursed.

All actions resulting from the petition process are contingent upon availability of funds, as well as any processing deadlines that are in effect at the time of the petition approval.

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Budget Revision Petition

Form Used: Budget Revision Petition (download from Forms Page)
(Also Available at Student Financial Affairs from financial aid advisers, S-107 Criser Hall)

If you have special circumstances that you believe warrant a reevaluation of your budget, you should discuss your situation with a member of your financial aid advising team to determine if you may be eligible to file a Budget Revision Petition.

The most common circumstances that result in a student’s being eligible for a budget recalculation are:

  • Tuition fees in excess of the amount allotted in the standard SFA budget
  • Books and supplies in excess of the standard budget
  • Required field trips
  • Transportation costs for commuting students

Documentation to substantiate your budget revision request is require and must be submitted with the Budget Revision Petition.

A member of your financial aid advising team will review your Budget Revision Petition. You may check with your financial aid adviser about one week after submitting your petition to find out if your request was approved or denied. The actual revision of your financial aid could take two to three weeks, depending on the volume of petitions at the time.

All actions resulting from the petition process are contingent upon availability of funds, as well as any processing deadlines that are in effect at the time of petition approval.

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Financial Aid Academic Progress Petition

Form Used: Academic Progress Petition (download from Forms Page)

Federal and state regulations require students to maintain satisfactory academic progress to receive financial aid. Requirements include minimum grade point average standards, maximum hour limits, and term limits.

Students receiving financial aid should become familiar with the university’s Financial Aid Academic Progress Policy.

If you are not maintaining satisfactory financial aid academic progress as defined in the policy, you will receive a letter from SFA notifying you that you are on financial aid academic progress “warning,” “probation,” “termination,” or “suspension.”

Students on financial aid warning, probation, termination, or suspension, have the right to appeal their status. If you receive a financial aid academic progress notice from SFA and believe you have extenuating circumstances that have contributed to your inability to meet academic requirements, you may complete the Financial Aid Academic Progress Petition included on the back of the notice and return it to S-107 Criser Hall as soon as possible. You will need to list and document the unusual circumstances you believe warrant a review of your case.

Your petition will be evaluated, usually within five working days, and you will be notified by mail of the results. If your notification indicates you must meet with the Academic Progress Appeals Committee, you will need to contact SFA for an appointment.

If you have questions about your status, come to the customer service desk in S-107 Criser, or call (352) 392-1275.

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Appealing for Reinstatement of a State of Florida Program

Form Used: Appeal for Reinstatement of State of Florida Programs (download from Forms Page)
(Also Available at Student Financial Affairs from financial aid advisers, S-107 Criser Hall)

If you had an illness, emergency, or special circumstances that you believe warrant a review of your eligibility for a state program, you should discuss the situation with your financial aid advising team to determine if you are eligible to file an appeal. Appeal forms are available in July of each year. If you decide to appeal, you must also include a copy of the “Notice of Ineligibility” you received from the state of Florida and you must submit your appeal within 30 days of the issue date of the Notice.

When filing an appeal, explain the illness or emergency that you believe warrants review for continued receipt of State of Florida program(s). Your appeal must include a complete description and documentation of the circumstances. Attach statements from physicians, parents, college officials, etc., to support your appeal. Signatures are required on these. Submit your appeal to the Office for Student Financial Affairs State Programs section in S-107 Criser Hall. The review process includes notification to the student and the State of Florida of the decision rendered. The entire process will take two to three weeks, depending upon the volume of appeals at the time.

All actions resulting from this appeal process are contingent upon availability of funds, as well as any processing deadlines in effect at the time the appeal is submitted and approved.

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Petition to Receive Student Employment

Form Used: Student Employment Petition (download from Forms Page)
(Also Available at the Student Employment counter in S-107 Criser Hall)

If you have extenuating circumstances you believe warrant a reevaluation of your eligibility to work with a GPA below 2.0; you may complete and submit a Student Employment Petition. Please be specific concerning your request describing circumstances beyond your control that have contributed to this situation and how you have resolved, or are resolving, this situation. (Documentation may be attached.)

**OR**

If you desire to work for more than 20 hours per week, you may request up to 32 hours per week. Explain where you will work and why you need the additional hours using this petition.

For either of the above, you must attach a letter on department letter head from your academic adviser with his/her approval before we can consider this petition. Submit the Student Employment Petition plus documentation to the Student Employment Section of Student Financial Affairs at S-107 Criser Hall. Students may check with the office within two days for a decision.

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