Budget Increase

A student budget, also known as Cost of Attendance (COA), is required by federal regulations in order to determine financial need and financial aid award amounts (among other factors).  The student budget is designed to provide students with a projection of reasonable costs to attend school for a nine month period.  If it is determined that a student has or will exceed the COA during the academic year, adjustments to the budget may be made on a case-by-case basis with appropriate documentation.  Summer sessions are excluded.

Note: If you have already accepted academic year awards up to the annual limits or were offered loans and declined them, you do not qualify for a budget increase

2017-2018 Academic Year

  • Form available Fall 2017: September 25, 2017
  • Form available Spring 2018: February 16, 2018

Appeal is available in the Forms section of the Financial Aid & Scholarships Office website.

Students can select more than one allowable expense. Each expense must have been paid for by the student documented by a receipt

  • Safety-related car repair expenses*
  • Active health insurance premiums and/or out-of-pocket medical expenses not covered by insurance*
  • Costs for before/after school care (child care expense) needed for your children under the age of 12 so you can attend classes.  A supplemental sheet for child care expenses is required for each child
  • Purchase of a computer
  • Commute in excess of 100 miles roundtrip per day
  • Education related expenses required for program of study

*We may not be able to include the full expense you submit due to regulatory restrictions

Expenses that do not meet the eligibility requirements will be excluded from the review process

Each allowable expense must be documented.  Attach the documentation to the Budget Increase Appeal before submitting.

  • All requests must be accompanied by legible copies and official (paid) receipts/invoices
  • All documentation MUST be dated within the current academic year or the semester of applying
  • All documents must identify the student as the purchaser, including business name, address, phone number, etc.

Full documentation is an absolute requirement for this process. Budget increases will only be processed with complete / correct documentation.

If approved, the Financial Aid & Scholarships Office will revise your awards accordingly and send you a revised award notification.  You will be notified if your appeal is not approved.

Eligibility requirements and processes are subject to change due to policy and/or regulation changes.  Submit the complete appeal with documentation at the Student Service Center.