Newly admitted and current Otis College students who are enrolled or intend to enroll full-time at Otis College of Art and Design may submit this request to appeal for additional financial assistance. Institutional funding is limited. All requests will be holistically reviewed through an appeals committee from One Stop, Student Financial Services (SFS), and Enrollment Management. Approval is not guaranteed and requested appeal amounts vary depending on funding limitations and various factors. Otis College will give the highest consideration to each applicant and each request is carefully reviewed to optimize support to the best of the college's ability.
Reasons for Appeal Grant Approval
Otis Appeal Grant Requirements
U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents:
Note: Federal Aid Recipients - If you or your parent/guardian had a significant decrease in income recently or within the last year resulting in a significantly lower income or projected income than the income reported in federal tax return for most recent FAFSA submission, you may be eligible for an Income Adjustment Request. The Income Adjustment Request will require documentation of loss of employment, loss of family member, approved unemployment benefits, or loss of business revenue. The Income Adjustment Request will be available starting April 1, 2021. After submission of Income Adjustment Request, SFS will review and if FAFSA EFC significantly decreases, student may be eligible for a Federal Pell Grant. For more information, contact email@example.com
F-1 International Students: Federal regulations require that all F-1 students show proof of financial support for tuition and living expenses to be eligible to apply for an F-1 visa and maintain F-1 status upon arrival to Otis College.
If you would like to discuss your situation or would like guidance through the appeal process, please schedule an appointment with the One Stop.
Appeal due to Competitive Aid Offer from Another College/Institution:
Select this option if you are a newly admitted student and have been offered a competitive aid package from another college/institution. Specifically, the aid offer should show that the competitive college/institution is offering a higher scholarship or grant award than Otis College.
Required Documentation: copy of competitive college/institution's aid offer letter showing scholarship or grant offered (provide the school that offered the best/most competitive offer)
Appeal due to PLUS Loan Denial or Private Student Loan Denial:
Select this option if you or your parent have been denied a federal plus loan or a private student loan. If you have not yet applied for a plus loan or private loan, apply online: PLUS Loan Application or Private Student Loan Application. If denied, you may select this option as the main reason for the appeal request.
Required Documentation: copy of loan denial letter or confirmation of loan denial
Appeal due to Financial Hardship/Family Hardship:
Select this option if you or your family is experiencing financial hardship or if you and your family is experiencing unusual challenges or circumstances. These challenges could be due to health and mental health challenges, death in the family, cultural challenges, divorce/family separation, incarceration of family member, domestic violence, environmental impacts, or other challenges beyond your control.
Note: if your challenges are due to COVID-19 pandemic, please select the COVID-19 option instead.
Recommended Documentation: any documentation you wish to upload that supports your situation
Appeal due to COVID-19:
Select this option if you or your family is experiencing impact due to the COVID-19 pandemic, such as medical related circumstances due to COVID-19, loss of business revenue or employment due to COVID-19, mental health challenges due to COVID-19, isolation and separation challenges due to COVID-19, and all other related circumstances caused by the pandemic.
Other Extenuating Circumstances:
Select this option if none of the above options apply to you and if you wish to appeal due to other circumstances. If you have an extenuating circumstance or a unique situation that you believe should be considered by the Appeals Committee, provide a detailed explanation of your situation for review.