2021-22 Financial Aid Appeals (Professional Judgment)

The Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships uses the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as the application to determine eligibility for "need-based" financial aid.  No other applications are needed.  When making awards, we offer students their full eligibility in the initial financial aid award letter.  

The 2021-22 FAFSA utilizes tax year 2019 income information.  If you find that your financial situation is relatively the same in the 2021-22 school year as it was in the 2019 tax year, then filing a financial aid appeal for increased financial aid will not provide you with any benefit, as we will have already awarded students their maximum eligibility in the initial financial aid award letter.  

The process of generating Official Financial Aid Award Notices for the 2021-22 academic year generally begins in mid-June, after Spring 2021 grades are finalized.  Two major reasons for this timing are that these grades are needed to run the annual financial aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) process, as well as to allow time for academic records to be updated with statuses such as grade level progression, suspension, etc. SAP and a student’s academic standing are two critical components in determining financial aid eligibility.  Adjustments to a student’s financial eligibility based on an appeal will be reflected in the financial aid award packages that begin generating during this time period. 

We hope this information will give you some guidance on when it may be appropriate to submit a financial aid appeal.

2020-21 Financial Aid Appeals (Professional Judgment)

The Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships uses the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as the application to determine eligibility for "need-based" financial aid.  No other applications are needed.  When making awards, we offer students their full eligibility in the initial financial aid award letter.  

The 2020-21 FAFSA utilizes tax year 2018 income information.  If you find that your financial situation is relatively the same in the 2020-21 school year as it was in the 2018 tax year, then filing a financial aid appeal for increased financial aid will not provide you with any benefit, as we will have already awarded students their maximum eligibility in the initial financial aid award letter.  

The process of generating Official Financial Aid Award Notices for the 2020-21 academic year generally begins in mid-June, after Spring 2020 grades are finalized.  Two major reasons for this timing are that these grades are needed to run the annual financial aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) process, as well as to allow time for academic records to be updated with statuses such as grade level progression, suspension, etc. SAP and a student’s academic standing are two critical components in determining financial aid eligibility.  Adjustments to a student’s financial eligibility based on an appeal will be reflected in the financial aid award packages that begin generating during this time period. 

We hope this information will give you some guidance on when it may be appropriate to submit a financial aid appeal.

Contact Information:
James Madison University
Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships
Student Success Center
738 S. Mason St.
MSC 3519
Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807

Phone:  540-568-7820
Fax: 540-568-7994
E-mail: finaid_pj@jmu.edu

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