Appeal Process

 

Tufts offers a process through which you may request reconsideration of your award. If there has been a significant change in your family’s financial situation, or if you believe there are special circumstances or new information not considered initially, you can submit an appeal to have your aid application reviewed again.

If 2016 parental income is at least 15% less than 2015 income, Tufts will consider an appeal based upon 2016 income. A more recent change in circumstances such as a period of unemployment lasting six months or more, or medical expenses over 5% of total income will also be considered.

We are not able to consider appeals based on circumstances that include, but are not limited to: high consumer debt, personal expenses, monthly living expenses, and changes or expenses that have not yet occurred.

To initiate an appeal, please submit the following items:

  • A completed Appeal Form.  An explanation letter and supporting documents should be included with the form. These items should be submitted to our office by mail, fax or email.
  • A complete copy 2016 Parent Federal Income Tax Returns and W-2, including all schedules, statements, and attachments, and if applicable, federal business returns. These items must be submitted to IDOC or mailed/faxed with Appeal Form.Tax documents submitted by email will not be accepted.

After the Appeal Form, supporting documents, and tax returns have been received, the Financial Aid Committee will review and have a decision to you within 7-10 business days. The review will begin as soon as all documentation has been received.

Please review information specific to Entering Students and Returning Students below.

Entering Students

All of our financial aid awards are based solely on financial need. Tufts does not offer merit aid, nor do we match financial aid offers from other institutions; awards from other institutions will not be used alone as a basis for adjusting Tufts’ aid award.

If you wish to appeal your aid decision, you should submit all of the required documents as soon as possible before the date of your Admissions deposit deadline. This will allow the Financial Aid Committee the 7-10 business days required to review the appeal. Once you pay your deposit, we are not able to consider you for any additional first-year aid.

Returning Students

In cases of current year changes, an appeal will not be reviewed until the end of October, and any additional aid will be credited to your spring bill. Your family should plan to pay the fall semester balance in full when due in August. If you would like to discuss a financial aid grievance, follow these steps:

  1. Contact your financial aid counselor
  2. Contact the Director of Financial Aid
  3. Contact the Dean of Student Services