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Special Circumstances

Students and families occasionally experience unforeseen changes during the application period and/or academic year (job loss, illness, etc.). The Office of Financial Assistance has an Appeal Committee to review cases of extreme hardship or special circumstance(s). If this applies to you, please choose the appropriate appeal below and follow the links on the form. 

At the time an appeal is filed an official FAFSA for the appropriate academic year must be submitted to Pepperdine. An appeal submitted with insufficient documentation or not following appeal awarding policy will receive an email with further instructions. Students requesting appeal funds are required to accept and process their federal student loans offered on their financial assistance award. Students will be required to fill out the  Seaver College - Questionnaire Application,  confirm they’ve read the "Appeal Awarding Policy", and the Terms and Conditions.

All Appeals: Funds will not be offered if the student does not accept and process their federal student loans and adhere to the appeal awarding policy. Federal policy allows all students to request that the school cancel their federal loans within 14 days after the disbursement. However, if you decide to cancel your federal student loan(s), your approved/disbursed appeal funds will be revoked. Appeal funds will only apply to tuition and are approved on an annual basis.

We request that every parent complete the Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan online credit check at www.studentaid.gov.This process may take approximately 15 minutes. If approved, parents are not required to accept the loan, but an explanation should be provided explaining why the PLUS Loan will not be processed. If denied, the student may be eligible to receive an additional Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan up to $4,000 as a Freshman/Sophomore or $5,000 as a Junior/Senior.

If the appeal is approved, re-evaluation of financial assistance eligibility is subject to federal, state and university policies and regulations, the availability of funds, and adhering to the "Appeal Awarding Policy".
Appeal decisions are final. DO NOT resubmit a future appeal based on the same circumstances.


  • 2024 Summer Appeal
    – Begins May 1, 2024 - End July 1, 2024
    – Students who attended prior to summer 2023 may apply


  • 2024-2025 General Appeal
    – Begins July 15, 2024 - Ends April 4, 2025
    – Students who attended prior to summer 2024 may apply


  • 2024-2025 Fifth Year Senior Appeal Form
    – TBD
    – Seniors who need to appeal for an additional semester or year are required to request funding by completing the Fifth year Senior Appeal Form and following all instructions.