Office of Student Financial Assistance

Scholarship Appeals for the following awards:

National Merit, National Achievement, National Hispanic, Pegasus, Knight Achievement, Florida Foundation for Future Scientists, Florida Robotics, Ralph C. Boston, High Academic Achievement, Phi Theta Kappa, Direct Connect , Articulated Honors to Honors, Cultural Diversity, AFAT First team and AFAT Second Team.

When should you submit a scholarship appeal?

  • If you did not meet the GPA or hours requirement at the end of the renewal period based on documented extenuating circumstances.
  • If you did not meet the FAFSA filing deadline of June 1st (each year of the award.)
  • If you want to request time off from your studies at UCF. You must submit a Scholarship Appeal prior to the term(s) that you plan to be away from UCF. The appeal should state the reason(s) you are requesting time away from UCF. If you leave UCF without requesting the time off, you will not be reinstated to the scholarship program upon your return except in extenuating circumstances which can be documented. The UCF Scholarship Committee will evaluate your situation and make a decision to approve or deny.

What is required for a scholarship appeal?

  • You must complete and sign the Scholarship Appeal Form.
  • You must submit a letter describing in detail the circumstances supporting your appeal. Your written statement must include a description of the problem/incident indicating dates and time period involved, as well as the impact on your academic performance.
  • You must provide documentation supporting your appeal. You are strongly encouraged to submit an Academic Advising Certification Form which has been completed by your academic advisor, unless you are appealing a late FAFSA.
  • The FAFSA for the academic year you are requesting reinstatement must be on file at the time your appeal is submitted.

What is supporting documentation?

Supporting Documentation includes, but is not limited to, divorce decrees, death certificates, and letters from doctors, counselors, advisors etc. Written statements from a professional should reference your name, diagnosis, dates of treatment and length of time for healing. Include any statements (on company letterhead) from third party persons (e.g. clergy, employers, medical professionals, etc.) who can verify your extenuating circumstances. Report of incident/s, such as a police report, insurance damage report, and bill/s for services related to emergency, obituary, etc. Please note that failure to corroborate your circumstance may result in your appeal being denied for lack of documentation.

Where do I submit my completed scholarship appeal?

Submit the completed appeal with all supporting documentation to the University of Central Florida, Office of Student Financial Assistance, 4000 Central Florida Blvd., Millican Hall Room 107, Orlando, Florida, 32816-0113. Appeals can also be faxed to 407-823-5241.

Who makes the decision on scholarship appeals?

The Scholarship Committee chaired by the Executive Director of the Office of Student Financial Assistance. The committee is composed of senior faculty and staff from throughout the university.

How often does the scholarship committee meet?

The scholarship committee is scheduled to meet the second week of each month. Meeting dates are subject to change as deemed necessary by the committee chair. Completed
appeals submitted by the last day of the month will be reviewed at the next month’s meeting.

How do I find the results of my scholarship appeal?

You will be notified by e-mail of the committee’s decision within 48 hours.
You must submit your appeal, along with documentation, in sufficient time for the appeal to be reviewed before the next scheduled meeting. Incomplete applications and requests for additional documentation will cause delays. Please plan accordingly in case you experience a delay in your scholarship appeal. You will be responsible for any late charges.

What are my options if my scholarship appeal is denied?

You have the right to resubmit a denied appeal if you have new information with corroborating documentation.

If I raise my GPA can I regain my university sponsored scholarship?

No. If you lose your scholarship it cannot be reinstated even if you bring your GPA up during a subsequent semester. Summer grades and hours earned after the spring evaluation may not be used to meet renewal requirements.

If I lost my scholarship in a prior year, how can I be reconsidered for the scholarship?

You may file a scholarship appeal which must be received in the Office of Student Financial Assistance no later than June 30th of the year that the cancellation occurred.

Are the renewal requirements different for the Bright Futures and my university sponsored scholarship?

Yes. Renewal requirements for the various scholarship programs will vary. You can review the renewal requirement for the Florida Bright Futures program on the UCF Financial Aid Web site under Bright Futures Renewal Eligibility .

Can I pay back the monies for the classes I failed or withdrew from and not have them count against me for renewal purposes?

No, all attempted coursework for the period under review will be counted when evaluating renewal requirements.

I am doing grade forgiveness for a class that made me not meet renewal requirements. Can I appeal after the grade forgiveness is posted?

No. Grade forgiveness for a class taken after the renewal period is not considered when determining eligibility.

Can my AP classes from high school count toward renewal requirements for my university sponsored scholarship?

No. AP classes from high school cannot count toward renewal requirements.

Who do I contact in the Office of Student Financial Assistance for scholarship appeals?

The Office of Student Financial Assistance has a highly trained staff able to answer all financial aid questions including scholarship appeals. You also have the option of scheduling an appointment with a financial aid counselor by calling 407-823-5285. The main customer service phone number is 407-823-2827 or email finaid@ucf.edu.