George Mason University

Appeals

Dependency Appeal

Students may submit a dependency appeal if they believe they should be considered independent from their parent(s) for financial aid purposes. Please note that if your parent(s) are choosing not to pay for your education, this is not considered grounds for an appeal. Please refer to the Financial Aid Handbook for specifics on how to file a dependency appeal.

Change of Financial Circumstances Appeal

If you believe that the information on your FAFSA does not reflect your current circumstances, please email the Financial Aid Office (finaid@gmu.edu) to make arrangements to discuss your situation with a financial aid counselor.

Athletic Grant-In-Aid Appeals Policy

If a student-athlete’s athletic grant-in-aid is reduced or cancelled during the period of the award or is reduced or not renewed for the following academic year, the student-athlete has the opportunity for a hearing to appeal the decision. For a complete description of the process, please see the Financial Aid Handbook.

Loss of Financial Aid Appeal

Please refer to the section on Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) about appealing the loss of financial aid due to failure to meet SAP standards.

Loss of Scholarship Appeal

Students who have been sent a notification of loss of scholarship from the Scholarship Manager at George Mason University, may appeal the loss by contacting the Office of Student Financial Aid at (gmusch@gmu.edu). Your letter or email should explain in detail the circumstances that affected your ability to meet the minimum standards for scholarship renewal. Documentation of those circumstances should be included to the extent possible. You will be notified by the Scholarship Manager if your appeal was granted. If you are granted reinstatement of your scholarship by the Appeals Committee (or, in the case of University Scholars, the director of the University Scholars program), please note that no additional requests for scholarship reinstatement will be granted should you fail to meet scholarship standards a second time. All appeals for scholarship reinstatement must be received no later than one week prior to the start of your next semester (e.g. one week prior to fall for reinstatement for fall semester). Any appeals for scholarship reinstatement received later than one week prior to the semester will be reviewed only for the following semester.