Sometimes, the information and data provided on the FAFSA or CA Dream Act Application does not accurately reflect a family's current circumstances. Situations that impact a student or family's ability to contribute to the cost of education may be reevaluated. These special circumstances are listed below.
The 2021-2022 appeal is no longer available.
The 2022-2023 appeal is open for submissions.
Reviewable special circumstances typically include:
Loss of employment
- Loss or reduction in income
- Exclusions of one-time sources of income received
- Final divorce or legal separation
- Death of a parent or a spouse
- Medical expenses paid
Submitting the Appeal
Family Contribution Appeals are located through our document verification website
Please do not mail in physical appeals. We are only processing appeals that are submitted electronically through our document website listed above.
Required Documentation for Appeals
Review the Family Contribution Appeal Guide learn what you might need to submit based on the type of appeal being filed.
If the appeal includes medical expenses, please use the itemized medical expense worksheet for guidance and for which can also be included in the appeal itself as extra documentation.
Processing times will depend on when the appeal was submitted and whether or not we need additional documentation in order to process the appeal. Generally, it could take anywhere between 3-6 weeks for processing. During our busy periods, its possible that it could take longer.
Once processed, it will take our office 7-10 business days to generate a new award letter to the student. The new award letter will be posted to My Aid Status, once available.