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To: Student Financial Aid Applicants From: Sarah Bauder

To: Student Financial Aid Applicants
From: Sarah Bauder
Director, Office of Student Financial Aid
Subject: Appeal Procedures for Financial Aid Decisions
This office recognizes that each applicant for financial aid may, at some time, desire to appeal a
decision he or she feels is unfair. Many decisions may be irreversible since these decisions are
based on federal or state laws and/or regulations, or University policy directed by the Board of
Regents. This appeal system works only when both parties show good will and a positive desire to
work toward resolution of the matter at hand.
If, after discussing the situation with your Financial Aid Counselor, you decide to appeal
formally, complete the attached APPEAL REQUEST FORM. Be concise and thorough in
describing the decision being appealed and reason(s) for the appeal. Attach any necessary
documentation pertaining to your request. The appeal goes to the Financial Aid Appeals
Committee Chair, who selects two Financial Aid Counselors to form an Ad Hoc Committee for
this appeal. The committee reviews your entire file relevant to the case at hand, and renders a
majority decision.
Processing time will vary depending on the volume of appeals to be considered. The Chair of the
Appeals Committee will send written notification of its decision, usually within one to two weeks
after the appeal was submitted. Do not rely on the success of your appeal to cover your expenses.


Source: Anisimov, Mikhail - Institute for Physical Science and Technology & Department of Chemical Engineering and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Maryland at College Park
Kane, Andrew S. - Aquatic Pathobiology Center & Department of Veterinary Medicine, University of Maryland at College Park


Collections: Biology and Medicine; Materials Science; Physics