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Appeal Forms

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. Each appeal form will provide the link to "Submit a Successful Appeal".

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 be canceled after two weeks. All items listed on page one of the Appeal Form under "Requirements for the Appeal" must be submitted along with supporting documents in order for the appeal to be reviewed. Students requesting appeal funds are required to accept and process their federal student loans offered on their financial assistance award. Please review the "Appeal Awarding Policy" on page two of the form.

Early Action and Incoming Appeals: All student federal loans must be accepted on WaveNet after May 1 deposit deadline and processed when available.

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. Appeals are approved on an annual basis.

DO NOT make any changes after the appeal has been submitted. Contact the Office of Financial Assistance at finaid2@pepperdine.edu for authorization and instructions on how to proceed.

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.

  • 2021-22 Fifth Year Senior Appeal Form
    – Begins April 1 - Ends December 1
    – 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.
  • 2021-2022 General Appeal Form
    – Begins July 19, 2021 - Ends March 31, 2022
    – Priority Deadline July 30, 2021
  • 2022 Spring Incoming Appeal Form
    – TBD
    – Priority Deadline TBD
  • 2022-2023 Early Action Appeal Form
    – TBD
  • 2022-2023 Incoming Appeal Form
    – TBD
    – Priority Deadline TBD
  • 2022 Summer Appeal Form
    –  TBD