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Financial Aid Appeals

Sometimes things happen that interfere with your academic progress or grades. If you lose your financial aid, there are ways to get it back. We can help you.

  • My federal aid is suspended

    • If you are ineligible due to failing to meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy, you can appeal. Your SAP status is displayed on the Self-Service, Financial Aid, SAP tab.
      — First step: complete your FAFSA and wait for our confirmation email that we have received it.
      — Visit nmc.studentforms.com and create your account, if not already created.
      — Use the request button in the upper right corner to request the SAP Appeal Form. This will create a new task on your home page.
      — Click on the green task bar and follow the instructions to complete your appeal.
      — You can send the Medical Documentation Support Form to your counselor/physician to complete and then upload in student forms.
    • SAP APPEAL DUE DATES

      • Fall — September 30, 2023
      • Spring — February 15, 2024
      • Summer — June 15, 2024
  • My State of Michigan aid is suspended

  • My income or family income has changed since I filed my FAFSA

    • This is a Special Circumstance Appeal when your, your spouse, or your parent income is significantly lower now than it was in the year reported on the FAFSA. You can complete a PJ Expected Family Contribution (EFC) Recalculation Appeal.
    • To Request an Appeal - after submitting your FAFSA:
      — Visit nmc.studentforms.com and create your account, if not already created.
      — Use the request button in the upper right corner to request the PJ Expected Family Contribution Appeal Form. This will create a new task on your home page.
      — Click on the green task bar and follow the instructions to complete your appeal. Make sure to upload relevant documents.
  • I can’t provide parent information on the FAFSA

    • This is an Unusual Circumstance Appeal or Professional Judgment (PJ) Dependency Status Override request to be considered an independent student. See Federal Student Aid Dependency Status.
    • If you answered no to all of the dependency questions on the FAFSA, you are considered a dependent student for federal aid purposes and you must provide parent information. Not living with parents or not being claimed by them on tax forms does not make you an independent student for purposes of applying for federal student aid.
    • However, if you answered no to all of the questions, but have unusual circumstances, such as those listed below, you may be able to complete your FAFSA without parent information:
      — Your parents are incarcerated.
      — You have left home due to an abusive family environment.
      — You do not know where your parents are and are unable to contact them.
      — You are older than 21 but not yet 24, are unaccompanied, and are either homeless or self-supporting and at risk of being homeless.
    • If you are filling out the FAFSA form online, you will be asked whether you are able to provide information about your parents. If you are not, you will have the option to indicate that you have special circumstances that make you unable to get your parents’ information. You will then be able to submit your application without entering data about your parents. You will then need to complete an appeal form to explain and provide documentation for your situation.
    • To Request an Appeal - after submitting your FAFSA:
      — Visit nmc.studentforms.com and create your account, if not already created.
      — Use the request button in the upper right corner to request the PJ Dependency Override Appeal Form. This will create a new task on your home page.
      — Click on the green task bar and follow the instructions to complete your appeal. Make sure to upload relevant documents.
  • I have costs higher than those in the Cost of Attendance

    • This is a Special Circumstance Appeal for when your aid is being limited by the estimated Cost of Attendance (COA). First, review the COA components in the Self-Service, Financial Aid, Awards tab to confirm that your actual costs for one or more categories are higher than the estimated cost.
    • To Request an Appeal - after submitting your FAFSA:
      — Visit nmc.studentforms.com and create your account, if not already created.
      — Use the request button in the upper right corner to request the Cost of Attendance (COA) Appeal Form. This will create a new task on your home page.
      — Click on the green task bar and follow the instructions to complete your appeal. Make sure to upload relevant documents.
  • Other types of appeals

Types of Financial Aid

Scholarships & Grants

Money you usually don't have to pay back

Work-study

Money you earn to help pay for educational expenses

Loans

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Money you have to pay back