Financial Aid Appeals

Financial Aid Appeals – COVID-19 Update

These are truly exceptional times and we know that the current conditions put financial stress on our students and families.  As our community responds to impact of COVID-19 know that our staff are working and are committed to providing excellent service.

Our financial aid staff is working remotely, but available to talk via phone or email. The best way to get ahold of us is via email at, via phone at 509-313-6582, or by making a phone call appointment at

We are facing a lot of uncertainty in our world and we sympathize with how stressed you may be feeling.  Please know that financial aid regulations allow us to use current or projected financial information to help you. 

We have a Special Conditions Appeal Form that can guide you through the circumstances we can take into account and help you to provide us with the information that we can use to help you. We also have additional information about the items we can, and cannot take into consideration. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. 

Circumstances we can take into consideration:

  • Loss of wages or benefit of a parent or spouse.
  • Divorce or separation.
  • Significant medical/dental expenses not covered by insurance and have been paid by the family.
  • Loss of child support.
  • Parent attending college and enrolled in an approved degree-seeking program of study.
  • National or natural disaster.
  • Death of a parent or spouse.
  • K-12 private school tuition costs.
  • Support paid to extended family members.

Circumstances we cannot take into consideration:

  • Inability to liquidate assets.
  • Mortgage payments.
  • Property taxes.
  • Consumer debt.
  • Parent refusal to help cover educational expenses.

As part of the appeal process we need to verify that the information originally submitted on the FAFSA is correct.  If you used the IRS Data Retrieval tool when completing the FAFSA, you should be set.  If you did not, we will need a copy of the IRS 1040 that the your family submitted

.Other resources to consider:

  • Outside Scholarships: Outside Scholarship Opportunities exist through many organizations within your community, and we encourage you to pursue them whenever possible. Contact your guidance counselor or check with service organizations such as Knights of Columbus, Rotary Club, and Elks Club. Other possible sponsors include employers, a parent's employers, trade associations, banks, credit unions, corporations, schools, and churches.
  • Payment Plans: Gonzaga offers interest-free 10 or 8 month payment plans. More information will be available with your financial aid offer notification and on the website by late spring.


Please complete the Special Conditions Appeal Form. As part of the appeal process we need to verify that the information originally submitted on the FAFSA is correct. We will also need a copy of the IRS 1040 that the family will submit or has submitted. We will carefully review the information and begin notifying families of the results of their appeal in April.