Scholarship Appeal Policy and Form
2020-2021 Scholarship Appeal Submission Deadline: August 28, 2020
Priority Deadline: July 1, 2020
A Scholarship Appeal is necessary if you are not currently meeting your Scholarship's GPA and the University of Arizona unit renewal requirements. A Scholarship Appeal is not necessary if you are currently meeting your Scholarship's GPA and Arizona unit renewal requirements. A Scholarship Appeal cannot be used for students who did not receive a merit scholarship upon admission to the University of Arizona.
If you recently completed your renewal requirements, you must contact the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid (OSFA) and request a scholarship reinstatement within 30 calendar days from the first day of class for the semester in which you are requesting reinstatement. Students who submit a completed appeal by the priority deadline will have a decision by the first day of fall classes.
The 2020-2021 Scholarship Appeal deadline has passed.
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Priority Deadline: July 1, 2020
Final Deadline: August 28, 2020 | First Friday of Fall 2020 Classes
|To submit the Scholarship Appeal form to our office, please review the Form/Document Submission instructions.|
The University of Arizona Scholarship Appeals Committee will review all complete Scholarship Appeal submissions and may take up to 6 weeks to review. Committee members include staff from the Admissions Office, Honors College and various academic advisors from across campus. OSFA staff are not voting members. The Scholarship Appeals Committee's decision is final and cannot be overturned or re-appealed.
Students must follow the process below to appeal a scholarship that has not been renewed. Incomplete or missing documentation will delay the appeal process. Any changes to financial aid awards will be contingent on the types of funds available, eligibility policies, and regulations. After initial review, additional documentation may be required. Appeal review may result in required application corrections. Students waiting for an appeal decision should be fully prepared to assume responsibility for all course enrollment and account balance payment, regardless of the appeal decision.
Scholarship Renewal & Appeal Communication Timeline
At the conclusion of each spring semester (or summer for those who enroll during this timeframe to meet renewal requirements), our office will review all students who received a merit scholarship in the current academic year to determine their merit renewal eligibility for the upcoming year. Refer the scholarships listed below under Eligible Awards to view the list of scholarships that are reviewed by our office. Review the terms and conditions for each specific merit scholarship for more information on the renewal criteria.
An email notification will be sent to the student based on their renewal status:
- Meets renewal requirements
- Does not meet renewal requirements
- Does not meet renewal requirements but at the time of review the student demonstrated summer enrollment at the University of Arizona. During this time, a student’s merit eligibility for renewal is pending until all summer grades have posted.
Once communications are sent to students regarding their merit scholarship renewal status, the Scholarship Appeals Committee will begin meeting on a bi-weekly basis to review all complete appeal submissions. This review will take place on a first-come-first served basis. Students completing Arizona summer courses in order to regain eligibility will have their appeals reviewed when summer grades have been posted unless otherwise requested due to extenuating circumstances via the personal statement.
Students will receive a decision via email on their Scholarship Appeal approximately two weeks after the committee review takes place, however, during the start of the semester, processing time may be delayed.
This policy relates to the following scholarships:
- Academic Recognition Scholarship
- All-Arizona Academic Team Scholarship
- Arizona Presidential Scholarship
- Arizona Tuition Scholarship (Recognition | Excellence | Distinction)
- Baird Scholarship
- Fine Arts Tuition Award (Art, Dance, Music, TFTV)
- Global Partner Tuition Scholarship
- IB Tuition Scholarship
- International Excellence Tuition Scholarship
- International Tuition Scholarship
- National Merit Finalist Tuition Scholarship
- National Merit Semifinalist Tuition Scholarship
- National Scholar Tuition Scholarship
- Phi Theta Kappa Tuition Scholarship
- Raise.Me Wildcat Excellence Scholarship
- Red & Blue Excellence Scholarship
- Sonoran Tuition Scholarship
- Spirit of Excellence Scholarship (Flinn Scholars)
- Transfer Tuition Scholarship
- UA Alumni Club Tuition Scholarship (UAHA, UABA, AASFAA, AIA)
- UA Bridge Tuition Scholarship
- Wildcat Tuition Scholarship (Recognition | Excellence | Distinction)
For Arizona Assurance Appeals, please use the Arizona Assurance Appeal form found here. For any scholarship not listed here, contact the awarding department/donor to learn about their appeal policies.
Reasons For Appeal:
Common examples include, but are not limited to:
- *Student’s own medical or physical illness or injury or disability –see process below
- Family, including death of a family member
- Other extenuating circumstances that are beyond the control of the student
Requirements for Seeking Appeals:
Reasons other than student’s own mental or physical illness or injury or disability:
Students seeking an appeal for other than mental or physical illness or injury or disability must submit the following to the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid (address on the form):
- Attach a personal statement explaining the circumstances of the request, which should be no longer than one page in length;
- Attach supporting documentation (e.g., third-party statements, police reports, an obituary or death certificate, court documentation, or a letter from an attorney or other professional, detailing the reasons for the student’s inability to meet Scholarship Requirements).
- Complete the Scholarship Appeal request form in its entirety
Student’s own mental or physical illness or injury or disability:
Due to the circumstances surrounding COVID-19, the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid realizes that it will not always be feasible for students to collect medical documentation associated with their Scholarship Appeal request. Effective 3/23/2020, the requirement for students to include any medical documentation will be waived until further notice.
If you check this box on the Scholarship Appeal form, you must:
- Provide a personal statement without describing the condition itself. The personal statement should address all items listed below:
- How the condition negatively impacted your ability to maintain necessary course enrollments or GPA requirements. If this condition covered more than one semester, address how the condition prevented you from meeting the renewal requirements.
- How you attempted to maintain your scholarship eligibility during the most recent term, considering these circumstances.
- How the circumstance(s) that prevented you from meeting the renewal requirements have now been resolved.
- If this condition occurred during prior semesters, you must indicate what steps were taken to improve your condition.
The University reserves the right to modify this policy at any time. Submission of an appeal request does not guarantee approval.