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 Tuition and Financial Aid

Financial Aid Appeals

Students attending Florida Poly may appeal decisions related to the awarding, reinstatement or repayment of their financial aid. All appeal information and/or forms for financial aid must be submitted to the Office of Financial Aid located in the Admissions Center or emailed.

Exceptions to Florida Poly Scholarship Requirements

Per official University policies, students are required to be enrolled full-time in both the Fall and Spring semesters (Undergraduate 12+ credit hours; Graduate 9+ credit hours). Students who began in 14-15 or 15-16 are also required to attempt 30 credit hours in the Financial Aid Year. Students unable to meet these minimum eligibility requirements may lose their Florida Poly Scholarship.

Exceptions can be made for students that are less than full-time under the following conditions:

  • Student was unable to go full-time due to the lack of courses available from the University.
  • Student was granted a reduced course load by the University’s Counseling and Disability Services.
  • Student is unable to meet full-time due to military orders such as deployment, training, or relocation.
  • Upon the student’s request, the Provost or designee has the discretion to waive the minimum credit hour requirement per semester or Financial Aid Year.

For additional information, please see:

Scholarship Credit Requirement Exception Form

Students may receive the scholarship as a less than full time student if they have an approved Scholarship Credit Requirement Exception form on file. The Office of Financial Aid will reduce the award amount at a prorated rate. The prorated rate will result in an adjusted and decreased award due to less than full time enrollment status. In addition, students who are in their final semester and graduating will not need to complete the Scholarship Credit Requirement Exception form. The awarded scholarship will automatically pay at a reduced rate if the student is within the 4 year scholarship eligibility guideline.

Types of Appeals

Students may appeal a decision of the Office of Financial Aid, or the award or disbursement of financial aid, if they believe an administrative error has occurred. Per the Florida Polytechnic University Academic Calendar, appeals may be submitted until the last day of classes during the semester for which the financial aid award decision or error occurred.

For this appeal, students are required to submit the following documents:

  1. The Appeal of Financial Aid Decision or Administrative Error form
  2. A signed, typed letter that describes the purpose of the appeal
  3. Additional documentation supporting the issue and appeal

*Prior to submitting an Appeal of Financial Aid Decision or Administrative Error form, students are encouraged to contact the Office of Financial Aid directly for assistance, as some issues may be resolved without an appeal.*

A student may appeal for reinstatement of federal, state and/or University scholarship if circumstances beyond the student’s control prevented the student from meeting minimum eligibility requirements. Appeals for reinstatement of aid must be submitted by the student within 30 days of receiving notice of ineligibility for the award.

For this appeal, students are required to submit the following documents:

  1. The Appeal for Reinstatement of Financial Aid or Repayment of Bright Futures Due to Extenuating Circumstances form
  2. A signed, typed letter that describes the extenuating circumstances
  3. Additional documentation that supports the events described in the appeal letter
  4. An academic plan that has been completed and signed by a program coordinator or academic advisor

A student may appeal the return of their Bright Futures Scholarship funds if extenuating circumstances beyond their control prevented them from completing the classes that they withdrew from. Appeals for repayment of Bright Futures funds must be submitted within 30 days of receiving a returned funds/scholarship adjustment notice from the Bursar’s Office.

For this appeal students are required to submit the following documents:

  1. The Appeal for Reinstatement of Financial Aid or Repayment of Bright Futures Due to Extenuating Circumstances form
  2. A signed, typewritten, letter that describes the extenuating circumstances
  3. Additional documentation that supports the events described in the appeal letter

Appeals submitted to the Office of Financial Aid will be reviewed by the Financial Aid Appeals Committee within 15 business days. The committee may accept, deny or request additional documentation for the appeal. If additional documentation is requested, the student’s appeal will be placed in a pending status. The student will be given 30 days to submit additional documentation. If no additional documentation is provided within 30 days, the student’s appeal will be denied.

All information concerning a student’s appeal status and appeal decisions are communicated directly to the student through the student’s Florida Poly email account. All decisions made by the Financial Aid Appeals Committee are final.

For questions regarding the appeal process, students may contact the Office of Financial Aid.

Scholarships, Financial Aid, and More.

  

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Scholarships are a type of gift aid and They are offered based on a variety of criteria such as academic merit, financial need, leadership, and service.
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Learn more about all the student aid options administered by the U.S. Department of Education and the application process.