We understand that things can change. If financial circumstances affect your ability to afford Hopkins, we encourage you to request a reconsideration of your aid. Our goal is to offer you the best possible financial assistance based on your family’s current financial situation.
How to Request Reconsideration
To request a reconsideration of aid, submit the completed and signed appeal form alongside relevant supporting documentation. If the appeal form requests additional forms to document other financial resources, those can be found on our Forms and Resources page.
Factors We Consider
Families often request reconsideration due to a decrease in income. For example, if your parent(s)’ 2021 reported income on the FAFSA and CSS Profile may exceed their current income due to a job loss or other circumstances, we would request that you submit the following:
- An appeal form
- 2022 federal 1040 tax return(s) with all schedules
- 2022 W2 form(s)
If applicable, we would also request that you submit the following:
- Termination notice or signed letter of explanation from employer (on company letterhead)
- Severance documentationUnemployment benefits
Appeals based on income changes due to job loss or overtime loss are reviewed after six months have elapsed since the date of the change.
Unreimbursed Medical Expenses
Student Financial Support is willing to consider requests due to unreimbursed medical expenses for immediate family members only. Medical bills should be greater than 10% of income to be considered. Please submit:
- An appeal form
- Medical bill(s) confirming payment (exclude amount covered by insurance)
- Itemized bills tallied for total expenses paid
Your family may still request reconsideration for factors beyond income changes, unreimbursed medical expenses, or death or disability of a parent. Please submit the appeal form and a separate description of factors impacting your ability to contribute to educational costs in writing.
If you are an admitted freshman requesting a review based on the need-based financial aid offered by another college or university, please submit a copy of the offer notice(s) with your request.
NOTE: We cannot consider requests based on circumstances that include but are not limited to personal expenses (travel, hobbies, leisure) and/or expenses that have not yet occurred.
Budget Adjustment Request
The budget adjustment request process accounts for unexpected pending expenses not already accounted for in your financial aid Cost of Attendance (COA). We will consider increasing the COA for additional need-based aid eligibility to account for these circumstances.
Examples of additional expenses may include a one-time computer purchase, unanticipated medical or dental costs, or increased travel expenses because of a family emergency.
To submit a budget adjustment request:
- Log into your Hopkins SIS account
- Under the “Financial Aid” tab, select “Online Forms” and then “FA – Budget Adjustment Request Form”
Submit the completed and signed appeal form alongside relevant supporting documentation
If you’ve already submitted an appeal with documentation and need to submit additional documentation, please use the SIS upload tool. Be sure to include your (the student’s) full name and date of birth on all pages of materials you submit.
Student Financial Support will review and respond to requests as quickly as possible. Please allow 5-10 business days for our office to process all appeal requests. Feel free to contact our office with any questions or concerns.