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Tuition Appeals

​​If you feel that you have an extenuating circumstance that justifies an exception to financial obligations, you can appeal and it will be reviewed by the tuition appeals coordinator.

You need to withdraw from the class(es) in question before an appeal can be reviewed. Please note that if you received financial aid for the semester in question, tuition might not be refunded. Exceptions will not be considered if you fail to comply with published deadlines or when conditions were under your control. You are responsible to obtain all information and documentation supporting your appeal.​

You have six months after the end of the semester in question to file a tuition appeal. All required documentation must be submitted on or before the deadline below for your appeal to be accepted and reviewed:

  • Spring semester | November 30
  • Summer semester | January 30
  • Fall semester | June 30



Step 1

Tuition Appeal Form & Guidelines

Complete and sign the form; check to make sure you answered all the questions. The exception to tuition policy should have occurred after the drop/add deadline and prior to the last three to four weeks of the class(es). You need to drop the class in question or withdrawn from the semester before a petition can be reviewed. Incomplete appeals are automatically denied.

Read More: Tuition Appeal Form & Guidelines​




Step 2

Personal Statement

Submit a typed personal statement summarizing your situation as to why you feel you meet the exception to the tuition policy. Include details that occurred after the drop/add deadline and that were beyond your control.




Step 3

Supporting Documentation

All documentation must be in English or translated into English. You can get translations from the embassy, or if the language department has someone teaching that language, a translation can be submitted on their letterhead. The person translating should sign and date the translation.


For medical conditions (letter from physician)

You may submit a typed or word-processed letter on letterhead from your physician in your tuition appeals packet. It is important for this letter to include:

  • Diagnosis
  • Date the medical condition began
  • Date it prevented you from attending classes
  • How long it will prohibit from attending classes


For the change in work hours/location (letter from employer)

The statement should be typed on letterhead, and/or a business card for your supervisor should be attached. It is important for this letter to include:

  • Verification of the days, hours or location of work that occurred
  • The date the change took effect and specifically what the change was; i.e. days, hours and/or work location
  • How this change conflicts with your school schedule
  • How long the change in work hours or location will be in effect


For the death in the family

You need to provide a copy of a remembrance card, obituary from the newspapers (should have dates) or a copy of a death certificate. If the family member has a different last name than yours, you must provide documentation that shows the relationship (copy of your birth certificate if mother’s maiden name would provide this).

Document of death in family


Special circumstances beyond your control

Circumstance must be on letterhead and fully documented. Please contact the tuition appeals coordinator for acceptable circumstances before submitting this type of documentation.​​