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Family Contribution Appeal

Sometimes information you provide on your FAFSA or TASFA no longer accurately reflects your or your family’s current financial situation. If your financial circumstances have changed, there are situations where financial aid professionals at the University can review and update your FAFSA or TASFA to reflect these changes. These changes may - or may not - impact your financial aid.

Please note that your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is determined by your FAFSA or TASFA. For students who complete the FAFSA, your EFC can be found on the top right side of your Student Aid Report (SAR) which is emailed to you from Federal Student Aid after you submit your FAFSA. If you are unsure where your SAR email is, you can access step-by-step instructions on how to view a copy of your SAR here: How Do I View My Student Aid Report (SAR)? You may also contact our office to discuss your EFC with a Financial Aid Advisor.

Important Information

If selected for Federal Verification, it must be completed before you are eligible to submit a Family Contribution Appeal.

If your EFC is "0" you have already been offered the maximum amount of aid you are eligible to receive and should not file a Family Contribution Appeal. However, we encourage you to contact our office to speak with a Financial Aid Advisor about your situation. You may contact our office at or 254-968-9070.

If your EFC is greater than "0" please read the information below about the conditions which do/do not qualify for a Family Contribution Appeal as well as how to submit the appeal and possible outcomes. The appeal process is a way for us to ensure you are receiving the maximum amount of aid possible based on the changes in your financial circumstances.

The following conditions may be considered:

  • Loss or reduction of income including but not limited to loss of employment, reduction of pay, death of a parent or spouse, and reduction/loss of child support
  • Divorce or separation
  • Non-recurring income
  • High medical and/or dental expenses paid out of pocket
  • Impacted by a natural disaster

The following conditions generally may not be considered:

  • Information on the FAFSA resulted in a 0 Expected Family Contribution (EFC)
  • Loss of overtime or bonus
  • Bankruptcy, foreclosures or collection costs associated with outstanding debts
  • Consumer debt (credit cards, car payments, loans, etc.)
  • Payments on back taxes owed to the IRS
  • Lottery or gambling winnings or losses
  • One-time income used for non-life essential items (e.g. family vacation)


For FAFSA Eligible Students

To request and complete a Family Contribution Appeal (student instructions):

  1. Submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  2. Go to (please wait at least 48 to 72 hours after submitting your FAFSA). If you have not set up your tarleton.verifymyfafsa account, you will need to do so.
  3. After you have logged into, click on the "+- Request" button near the top of the page
  4. Find "Family Contribution Appeal" listed. Click the green plus + sign to add the request for the appropriate aid year. Example: 2020-2021 is for fall 2020, spring 2021, and summer 2021 while 2021-2022 is for fall 2021, spring 2022, and summer 2022.
  5. The system will ask you to briefly explain your reason for this request. This does not need to be in-depth. You will provide more information as part of the appeal later in the process.
  6. Once you have added the appeal, a tab should be listed on your account with a Family Contribution Appeal for the aid year. Click on the tab to see your appeal tasks.
  7. Click on appeal link that says either "Dependent" or "Independent PJ Expected Family Contribution (EFC) Appeal" to show the tasks associated with the appeal. This should include filling out the web form and submitting third-party documentation to support and strengthen your appeal.
  8. Once you have filled out the web form and uploaded your supporting third-party documentation, click the Submit button to submit your appeal
  9. Once all requested documentation is submitted, you will receive a notification via your go.tarleton email of the outcome of the review within seven to ten business days. Please note this time may be extended during peak processing times.

For TASFA Eligible Students

  1. Submit your Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA)
  2. You may contact our office to discuss a Family Contribution Appeal and obtain the proper form. You may reach our office at 254-968-9070 or
  3. COMPLETE Family Contribution Appeals with Third-Party Supporting Documentation can be turned in to the Tarleton State University Financial Aid Office via email at, fax to 254-968-9600, in-person at any of our Tarleton campus locations, or by mail to:
    Tarleton State University Financial Aid, Box T-0310, Stephenville, TX 76402
Examples of Third-party Documentation for the Appeal
Loss or Reduction of Income
Loss of Employment or Reduction of Pay
Death of a Parent or Spouse
Reduction or Loss of Child Support
Divorce or Separation
Non-recurring Income
High Medical and/or Dental Expenses Paid Out of Pocket
Possible Outcomes of a Family Contribution Appeal