Scholarship Appeal Policy and Form
2019-2020 Scholarship Appeal Submission Deadline: August 30, 2019
Priority Deadline: July 1, 2019
A Scholarship Appeal is necessary if you are not currently meeting your Scholarship's GPA and the University of Arizona (UA) unit renewal requirements. A Scholarship Appeal is not necessary if you are currently meeting your Scholarship's GPA and UA unit renewal requirements. A Scholarship Appeal cannot be used for students who did not receive a merit scholarship upon admission to the UA.
If you recently completed your renewal requirements, you must request a scholarship reinstatement by contacting the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid (OSFA) 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.
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Priority Deadline: July 1, 2019
Final Deadline: August 30, 2019 | First Friday of Fall 2019 Classes
The UA Scholarship Appeal 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 UA Scholarship Appeal 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.
This policy relates to the following scholarships:
- Academic Recognition Award
- All-Arizona Academic Team
- Arizona Excellence
- Baird Scholarship
- Fine Arts Tuition Award
- Global Partner Tuition
- IB Tuition
- International Excellence Tuition
- International Tuition
- National Merit Finalist Tuition
- National Merit Semifinalist Tuition
- National Scholar Tuition
- Phi Theta Kappa Tuition
- Raise.Me Wildcat Excellence
- Red & Blue Excellence Award
- Sonoran Tuition Award
- Spirit of Excellence Award (Flinn Finalist Scholarship)
- Transfer Tuition Scholarship
- UA Alumni Club Tuition Award (UAHA, UABA, AASFAA, AIA)
- UA Bridge Tuition
- Wildcat Excellence
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:
*Students seeking an appeal based upon his/her own mental or physical illness or injury or disability must submit a personal statement, complete the Scholarship Appeal Request Form in its entirety and: obtain a letter from a licensed health care provider, on the health care provider's letterhead, which contains the following information
- The approximate date of onset of the mental or physical illness or injury or disability giving rise to the circumstances surrounding the request for appeal, and the dates through which such condition is reasonably expected to continue;
- The general nature of the mental or physical illness or injury or disability that gave rise to the request for appeal;
- The date on which the student anticipates being able to resume his/her scholarship.
Provide your licensed health care professional's letter to Campus Health Service to the attention of:
Dr. Harry McDermott
Tucson, AZ 85721
Campus Health Service will review the letter and, if it determines that meets the conditions for appeal based upon the student’s own mental or physical illness or injury or disability, it will issue a “Verification of Health Related Reasons for OSFA” form. The Verification form will include the dates of onset of the condition and the dates through which such condition continued, but will not include information related to the nature of the condition. Please note that this process may take up to several weeks to complete depending on the time of year and volume of requests.
The student must attach the “Verification of Health Related Reasons for OSFA” form to his/her Scholarship Appeal request form and submit both to OSFA.
The University reserves the right to modify this policy at any time. Submission of an appeal request does not guarantee approval.