Things change - if financial circumstances are affecting your ability to attend Johns Hopkins, we would like to have the opportunity to reconsider your eligibility for financial aid. Our goal is to offer you the best possible financial aid package based on your family’s current financial situation within the parameters of existing policies, federal regulations and the availability of funds.

Factors we may consider during appeals

The two types of appeals are requests for reconsideration and budget adjustment requests.

The request for reconsideration process looks at the application information we used to calculate your financial aid award and expected family contribution. Your financial situation may have changed, or we may not have known about certain circumstances when preparing your award.  

Examples of appealable circumstances include the following: 

The budget adjustment request process accounts for unexpected pending expenses not already accounted for in your financial aid Cost of Attendance (COA). We will consider increasing the COA for additional need-based aid eligibility to account for these circumstances.

Examples of additional expenses may include a one-time computer purchase, unanticipated medical or dental costs, or increased travel expenses because of a family emergency.

How to request reconsideration

To request a reconsideration of aid, submit the completed and signed appeal form alongside relevant supporting documentation. If the appeal form requests additional forms to document other financial resources, those can be found on our Forms and Resources page under “Other Forms.”  

·               2022-23 Appeal Form  

If you’ve already submitted an appeal with documentation but need to submit additional documentation, please use this supplemental form. Be sure to include the student’s full name and date of birth on all pages of materials you submit.

To submit a budget adjustment request:

  1. Log into your JHU SIS account.
  2. Under the “Financial Aid” tab, select “Online Forms” and then “FA – Budget Adjustment Request Form.”
  3. Submit the completed and signed appeal form alongside relevant supporting documentation. 

Student Financial Services will review and respond to requests as quickly as possible. Please allow 5 – 10 business days for our office to process all appeal requests. Feel free to contact our office with any questions or concerns. 

Payment Options

Learn more about other payment options beyond your financial aid award.

Future years

Families must apply for need-based financial aid every academic year. We may consider replicating any adjustments in future years if your appeal is approved. Some appeal adjustments are one-time only and will not carry forward.