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Can you appeal for more financial aid? If so, how?

I want to get the maximum amount of financial aid possible because I am scared I will be in loads of debt. debt student-debt #debtfree financial-aid financial-services

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Simeon’s Answer

There are lots of independent organizations that offer their own scholarships, which tend to be more around one thousand dollars total, but they can make a big difference in closing the gap of what you have yet to cover financially. Also, see if you qualify for work-study work. They're a great way of earning money on campus and often come with big perks.
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Kali’s Answer

You need to contact your financial aid office and ask them to package you to the maximum financial aid allowed. Most schools do this already. Once you complete your FAFSA, a budget is determined for you by your school. You cannot receive financial aid awards in excess of your total budget.

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Ann’s Answer

Hi Brittany,

If your goal is to minimize the amount of debt you are in then I would not request to maximize you federal aid package. This means that they will create you financial aid package to include the maximum amount of loans you are allowed to borrow and actually increase your debt.

In some very unique and specific situations, a student can do what is called a professional judgement to either be considered as independent and file without your parent's income, or for less income to factored into your eligibility.

Again, this only happens under rare circumstances, so you would have to talk to someone in your school's financial aid department to see if you meet the requirements to file a professional judgement. Good luck!