Family Contribution Appeal
A student’s Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is an index used to determine how much financial aid a student is eligible to receive. A student’s EFC is calculated using the household taxed and untaxed income, assets, and benefits (such as unemployment or Social Security), family size and the number of family members who are attending college during the academic year.
If a student’s or household’s financial situation changes due to special circumstances after filing the FAFSA, a student may request to submit a Family Contribution Appeal. The following financial situations can be considered special circumstances:
- Loss of employment
- Reduction in earnings
- Paid medical costs not covered by insurance
- Death of a parent
The student will be required to submit supporting documentation with the Family Contribution Appeal, in order to verify the change in circumstances.
The following are not considered special circumstances:
- Pending reduction in income due to fluctuating commissions or consumer debt
- Refusal of a parent to provide financial support to the student
- Anything that has not happened, i.e. a future event
To begin the process of submitting a Family Contribution Appeal, contact the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid to request an appeal.
Note: If you already have an EFC of zero (0), you are not eligible to complete this form.
Cost of Attendance (COA) Appeal
The Cost of Attendance (COA) represents the average expenses paid by Arizona students in various student circumstances. Your total financial aid cannot exceed your COA.
If you are attending at least half time, your COA is the estimate of
- tuition and fees;
- the cost of room and board (or living expenses for students who do not contract with the school for room and board);
- the cost of books, supplies, transportation, loan fees, and miscellaneous expenses (including a reasonable amount for the documented cost of a personal computer);
- an allowance for child care or other dependent care;
- costs related to a disability; and/or
- reasonable costs for eligible study-abroad programs.
You can view a student’s Cost of Attendance by selecting the appropriate link below:
The Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid may be able to increase your COA —and your financial aid eligibility—if you have allowable expenses that you are incurring during the academic year that are larger than your standard financial aid COA items. Students are required to submit supporting documentation with the COA Appeal in order to verify the paid expenses.
To begin the process of submitting a COA Appeal, contact the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid to request an online form.
Appeal Dates and Deadlines
||2019-2020 Open Date
||2019-2020 Review Starts
||2019-2020 Close Date
|Family Contribution Appeal
||March 22nd, 2019
||April 15th, 2019
||April 1st, 2020
||Tax Return Transcripts, 1040 Tax Forms, Termination Letters, 1099R, Medical Bills, Death Certificate, etc.
|March 22nd, 2019
||April 15th, 2019
||Student’s last day of enrollment
||Letters or official documents from teachers, counselors, medical authority, government authority, etc.
Cost of Attendance
|July 15th, 2019
August 1st, 2019
|April 1st, 2020
||Itemized Receipts, Bills, Lease/Mortgage Statements, etc. beginning May 2019.
*Documentation must be in the student’s name.