Financial Aid Appeals

Financial Aid Appeals 

Financial aid regulations allow us to use current or projected financial information to help you. 

Please complete the following intake form to help us understand your request for additional financial aid. Most families file an appeal due to a loss of income or change of circumstances – however some want to make sure they are receiving the most comprehensive financial aid package or seek out additional self-help options, such as work-study and loans. This initial form allows us to review the information and advance your request to best serve your family’s needs.

The FAFSA uses prior-prior year income data, and while this is adequate for most families, we understand that the income data entered on the FAFSA can become inaccurate as financial circumstances change. Our appeal process works to recalculate the FAFSA with your current income data, but it is important to understand that not all appeals will result in changes to a student’s aid package.

Special Conditions Financial Aid Appeal Intake Form

Who is Eligible?

Eligibility for financial aid appeals apply to all returning, confirmed and admitted undergraduate at Gonzaga University.

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 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 your family submitted.