Appeal Process: Current and Returning Undergraduates

All of our financial aid awards for Arts & Sciences and Engineering students are based solely on financial need, as determined by our analysis of family financial resources.

Tufts has a process through which you can report a change in circumstances by submitting Appeal documents. These documents can be submitted as part of your 2021-2022 aid application in May along with the required IDOC submission, or to request reconsideration of your 2021-2022 aid package after you receive the award letter. We begin emailing award notifications to currently enrolled students at the end of June. 

How to Submit an Appeal

If there has been a significant change in your family’s financial situation, or if you believe there are special circumstances or new information that should be considered, you can submit appeal documents for review.

If 2020 parental income is at least 15% less than 2019 income, Tufts will consider an appeal based upon 2020 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, a detailed explanation letter, and any supporting documents that would be helpful in clarifying the situation, should submitted to IDOC.  Emailed forms will not be accepted. 
  • A complete copy of 2020 Parent Federal Income Tax Returns and W-2s, including all schedules, statements, and attachments, and if applicable, federal business returns. These items must be submitted to IDOC. Tax documents submitted by email will not be accepted.

After the Appeal Form, supporting documents, and tax returns have been received, they will be reviewed by the Financial Aid Committee.

If the Appeal documents are received in time, they will be considered during the awarding process. If they are received after the 2021-2022 award notification has been sent to you, the review will begin as soon as all documentation has been received, and a decision will be returned within 7-10 business days. 

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