Appeal Process: Admitted Undergraduate Students

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 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 awards.

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. Appeals will not be considered after the respective deposit deadline of each round of admission. 

How to Submit an Appeal

Tufts offers a process through which you may request reconsideration of your 2021-2022 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 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.  An explanation letter and supporting documents should be included with this form and 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 IDOCTax 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. Appeals will not be considered after the respective deposit deadline of each round of admission.