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Appeals

Some students and their families experience unique circumstances that affect their ability to pay college costs. Our office provides different appeals to assess these changes, depending on the student’s situation. Review the list below and submit as applicable. Contact our office in case of questions at 956-326-2225 or email us at a appeals@tamiu.edu

All students whose financial Aid has been suspended due to non-compliance of the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy (SAPP) requirements may submit an appeal. The submission of an appeal is only a request for review and does not guarantee a change in status. The Financial Aid Appeal Committee will only evaluate appeals for students who have a complete financial aid folder. All decisions will be sent through the Dusty email to applicants. Submission of supporting documentation is required.

Reasons for Appeal can be for one or more of the following items:

  1. GPA
  2. PACE Percentage of Completion of Hours Earned vs Hours Attempted
  3. Maximum Timeframe of Attempted Hours Exceeded or will before earning degree

To submit this appeal you need to login to your Uconnect account and go to the Verify My FAFSA link. To download instructions click here

Families facing severe financial problems due to job loss, medical expenses, foreclosure, or business declines should submit a family contribution appeal. With this request, the Financial Aid Office will be able to evaluate your FAFSA data and see if any adjustments can be made to your application. Any request will be reviewed using professional judgement, and making such a request does not guarantee approval. Financial aid regulations are subject to change through legislation or policy changes by the U.S. Department of Education. All decisions will be sent through the Dusty email to applicants. Submission of supporting documentation is required.

Circumstances that will be considered and supporting documents needed include:

  1. Loss of income because of recent unemployment (unemployment must last for at least 10 weeks to warrant a reconsideration of a student’s aid eligibility). Provide copy of most current tax return and tax return used for FAFSA, make sure they are signed. Unemployment statement, letter from employer, W-2, 1099, etc.
  2. Loss of income due to a change in health, death of a parent, or a change in parents’ marital status. Provide copy of most current tax return and tax return used for FAFSA, make sure they are signed, W-2, 1099, medical letter, diagnosis, expenses, death certificate, marriage or divorce certificate, etc.
  3. High-unreimbursed medical and/or dental paid expenses. Provide copy of most current tax return and tax return used for FAFSA, make sure they are signed, W-2, 1099, medical letter, diagnosis, paid medical expenses not covered by insurance, insurance payments, etc.
  4. Business loss (because of bankruptcy, foreclosure, or natural disaster). Provide copy of most current tax return and tax return used for FAFSA, make sure they are signed, W-2, 1099, statement/documents on bankruptcy, foreclosure, or natural disaster records, pictures, etc.

To submit this appeal you need to login to your Uconnect account and go to the Verify My FAFSA link.To download instructions click here

As a dependent student, you are required to provide financial information for parents. If you cannot provide this information, please contact our office at 956-326-2225, so we can discuss your situation and determine if this Appeal is for you or visit us on campus. All decisions will be sent through the Dusty email to applicants. Submission of supporting documentation is required.

Circumstances that will be considered include:

  1. Abuse
  2. Abandonment
  3. Irreconcilable difference within the family
  4. Other situations may be considered

To submit this Appeal, you need to log in to your Uconnect account and go to the Verify My FAFSA link. To download instructions, click here.

All students who have incurred additional costs outside of the initial cost of the attendance table can submit an appeal. Student must provide a detailed statement that includes an explanation of the circumstances around any unexpected expense that you and/or your family have incurred this school year. All decisions will be sent through the Dusty email to applicants. Submission of supporting documentation is required.

Reasons for Appeal can be for one or more of the following items:

  1. Living Expenses including rent/mortgage and utilities
  2. Books & supplies
  3. Transportation/travel
  4. Child care
  5. Computer – one time purchase as required by degree program
  6. Medical care/disability
  7. Other

To submit this Appeal, you need to log in to your Uconnect account and go to the Verify My FAFSA link. To download instructions, click here.

The TAMIU Scholarship Appeal allows students who did not meet renewal requirements to appeal for unusual circumstances. The submission of an appeal is only a request for review and does not guarantee a change in status. The Scholarship Appeal Committee will only evaluate complete appeals. All decisions will be sent through the Dusty email to applicants. Submission of supporting documentation is required.

Reasons for Appeal can be for one or more of the following items:

  1. Enrollment less than full-time, due to graduation or degree program
  2. Completion of renewal requirements not met due to:
    • Death of a relative
    • Injury or illness of student or family member
    • Other circumstances

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Students who receive the TEXAS Grant award must meet certain requirements to be eligible for the renewal award. Any student that is unable to meet requirements due to special circumstances may submit an appeal along with a statement explaining their situation in detail. The submission of an appeal is only a request for review and does not guarantee a change in status. All decisions will be sent through the Dusty email to applicants. Submission of supporting documentation is required.

Reasons for Appeal can be for one or more of the following items:

  1. Enrollment Requirement due to graduation or degree plan (Enrolled less than 9-credit hours but at least 6-credit hours a semester)
  2. Renewal Requirements (completed less than 24-credit hours and/or have an overall GPA less than 2.5)
  3. Maximum Timeframe (attempted more than 150 overall hours or close to 150 hours)

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