Change in income
If your income has changed, let us know. We may be able to re-calculate your eligibility based on more recent income than what was entered on the FAFSA. A reduction in income could increase the amount of aid you are eligible to receive.
- You are a dependent student, and your parent lost their job.
- Your working hours or wages have been reduced significantly.
- You got separated or divorced.
Note: This appeal is only for a reduction in income. It does not consider increased expenses. If you have unusual expenses, please contact us to see if you qualify for an Additional Expense Appeal.
The appeal process
- Write an appeal statement explaining what changed, when it changed, and the current financial situation – see below for details.
- Collect documentation of your circumstances and income – see below for examples.
- Submit the Change in Income Appeal to email@example.com. Attach your appeal statement and documentation.
- Respond to requests for additional information as soon as possible. We’ll send requests to your @pcc.edu email.
- Review the results. We will notify you once the review is complete – check your @pcc.edu email.
Need help? Submit questions to the Financial Aid Inquiry Form using your @pcc.edu email address.
How to write an appeal statement
How appeal decisions are made
- Appeal decisions are based on the statement and documentation provided.
- Appeals will only be approved if the change will increase the student’s financial aid eligibility.
To re-evaluate your eligibility, we need a detailed statement and supporting documentation of current income. Include all important dates, dollars, and reasons for how and when your situation changed.
- Be specific: Who had a change? What changed?
- Be linear: First this happened, then this, and finally this.
- Include dates: Tell us specific dates when things changed.
- Connect facts to documents: When you give a fact, tell us what documentation relates to that fact. Example:“I was laid off from my job at company XYZ on January 12. I’ve attached the layoff notice. I started receiving unemployment income on Feb 2 for $200 per week. I’ve attached a screenshot of all of my unemployment payments since the payments began. Unemployment is my only income now.”
What to include for documentation
Depending on your situation, supporting documentation may include: most recent tax return, W-2s, most recent paystub, unemployment benefit statement, layoff notice, divorce decree, or documentation of other untaxed income.
|Circumstance||About the situation||Documentation examples|
|Unemployment or change in employment||You, your spouse, or your parent who earned money in the FAFSA tax year has lost their job or had a reduction in hours or wages.||
|Separation, divorce, or death of a spouse||You or your parents have separated or divorced after the date you initially submitted your FAFSA.||
|Loss of one-time income||You, your spouse, or your parent received a one-time income and cannot reasonably be expected to receive that income in the current year.||
|Other||You, your spouse or your parent have an extenuating circumstance that caused a reduction of income not listed in the other options.||