Types of Financial Aid Appeals

Below are the most common types of appeals the Commission receives. The majority of these appeals arise from a student failing to meet a requirement. If a student is appealing due to not meeting a requirement, the student must specify an extenuating circumstance which prevented the student from meeting the requirement. Click on a topic below to see what extenuating circumstances will be considered.

PLEASE NOTE:  Appeals based on forgetting or not knowing about a requirement will not be approved.

  • 21st Century Scholars – Over Income Eligibility Guidelines (jump mark to corresponding section)
  • 21st Century Scholars – Late Enrollment/ Missing Enrollment
  • 21st Century Scholars – Foster Care
  • 21st Century Scholars – Pledge Violation
  • 21st Century Scholars – High School Grade Point Average Requirement
  • 21st Century Scholars or Frank O’Bannon ¬– Unmet credit completion requirements
  • Missing the FAFSA Deadline (April 15th)
  • Residency
  • Appeals the Commission Cannot Consider

21st Century Scholars – Late Enrollment/ Missing Enrollment

  • Death of an immediate family member (student’s spouse, child, parent, guardian, grandparent or sibling) which prevents the student from enrolling
  • Serious illness of the student or an immediate family member (student’s spouse, child, parent, guardian, grandparent or sibling) which prevents the student from enrolling

PLEASE NOTE: An appeal based on the claim an enrollment application was submitted but not received is not a sufficient basis absent supporting documentation.

21st Century Scholars – Foster Care

PLEASE NOTE:
Per IC 12-12-6-5 and IC 21-12-6.5, only students who are active in the foster care system may apply after 8th grade.   This does not include students who are in a legal guardianship.  Further, only students who are active in the foster care system may apply grade without income.

21st Century Scholars – Pledge Violation 

PLEASE NOTE: To deny the scholarship due to a pledge violation, the program requires documentation of a conviction, suspension, expulsion or written admission by the scholar.  Due to this high threshold, appeals based on removal for pledge violations will not be approved absent documentation of an overturned conviction.

21st Century Scholars – High School Grade Point Average Requirement

  • Disability documented by a medical professional and a copy of an IEP or letter from a school counselor explaining how the disability prevented the student from reaching the required GPA.

21st Century Scholars and Frank O’Bannon – Unmet Credit Completion Requirements

  • Death of an immediate family member (student’s spouse, child, parent, guardian, grandparent or sibling) which prevents the student from meeting the credit requirement
  • Serious illness of the student or an immediate family member (student’s spouse, child, parent, guardian, grandparent or sibling) which prevents the student from meeting the credit requirement
  • Disability documented by a medical professional and a letter from a medical profession verifying how the disability prevented the student from meeting credit completion requirements.

Missing the FAFSA Deadline (April 15th)

  • Death of an immediate family member (student’s spouse, child, parent, guardian, grandparent or sibling) which prevents the student from meeting the deadline
  • Serious illness of the student or an immediate family member (student’s spouse, child, parent, guardian, grandparent or sibling) which prevents the student from meeting the deadline
  • Active duty military service by the student which prevents the student from filing by the deadline

Residency

  • Serious illness of the student or an immediate family member (student’s spouse, child, parent, guardian, grandparent or sibling) requiring the student or parent to live out of state.
  • Active duty military service

Appeals the Commission Cannot Consider

The commission cannot hear appeals for decisions made by the student’s college or the US Department of Education.  Student should direct issues with decisions made by entities outside of the commission to the appropriate party. Examples of appeals the commission cannot hear are:

  • Dependency Status
  • Expected Family Contribution (EFC)
  • Institution’s Satisfactory Academic Progress Requirements (SAP)