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Aid Appeals

Students in unique circumstances may want to consider an aid appeal with the Office of Financial Aid. Click here to see applicable appeal deadlines for the current semester.

Special Circumstance Appeal

The Office of Financial Aid realizes a student may face life events that cause their financial situation to change. IIT can exercise professional judgment to re-evaluate a student's financial aid package provided that appropriate documentation is on file. If a student has new or additional information regarding his/her family's financial circumstances, the student should submit a Special Circumstance Appeal Form, a brief letter explaining their situation, and supporting documentation (a statement of unemployment benefits, medical bills, etc.) to A financial aid staff member will be in contact with the student if more information is required to process the review. While the Office of Financial Aid will always try to accommodate families during times of need, please be aware that funding is limited. Once all information is submitted, this process can take up to 10-15 business days.

Institutional Scholarship Proration

Illinois Institute of Technology expects all students to remain at full-time status (12 credits or more) throughout their undergraduate studies in order to participate fully in the rich intellectual and professional life of the academic environment. Students who are awarded institutional funds are expected to enroll full-time status (12 credits or more) regardless of the time remaining in the program of study.

However, there may be a period when full-time enrollment does not match a student’s situation. In these cases, a student may request that their institutional scholarships be prorated by contacting Elizabeth Wahlstrom Helgren, Associate Director of Operations, at The email should include a clear and detailed set of extenuating circumstances to reduce your courseload and confirmation of registration for 6-11 credit hours for the upcoming semester.

Institutional Scholarship Extension

If you entered as a first-year student, your eligibility for assistance from the university is normally limited to your first eight academic semesters (four years) at IIT, or 10 academic semesters (five years) for students in the College of Architecture. 

Exceptions to these policies must be approved by the Financial Aid Office. Appeals for a one-semester extension should be submitted to Students who may require a year-long course of study to meet degree requirements should make their educational plans explicit in their appeal to the Office of Financial Aid. The Office of Financial Aid may request additional information from the student and/or the student's advisor, Undergraduate Academic Affairs, or related offices before a decision is made. 

NOTE: This does not include coursework taken while studying abroad through enrollment in a program that is not sponsored by Illinois Institute of Technology.