Students and families who find themselves in unique financial circumstances may consider an aid appeal with the Office of Financial Aid. Find applicable appeal deadlines for the current semester here.

Financial Aid Hardship

The Office of Financial Aid realizes that a student and their families may face circumstances that cause their financial situation to change. Illinois Institute of Technology can exercise professional judgment to re-evaluate a student's financial aid package, provided that appropriate documentation is on file. Students should submit an aid appeal through the Student Assistance Form. Aid appeals are year specific; please make sure to select the correct academic year when completing the appeal.

Student Assistance Form

A financial aid staff member will contact the student when an aid appeal is submitted to confirm receipt, and additional communication will occur in the event additional clarification or documentation is needed and when a decision is reached. 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, the review process can normally take up to two weeks.

Undocumented Students

Incoming domestic undergraduate students without J-1, F-1, or H-4 visa status who are ineligible to submit a FAFSA and who are facing a financial hardship can complete the Incoming Student Application for Additional Financial Aid.  Undocumented students who are continuing students facing a financial hardship may complete the above Student Assistance Form. Additionally, students can visit the Undocumented Students page for information on resources, financial aid opportunities, news, and more.

Institutional Scholarship Proration

Illinois Tech expects all students to remain at full-time status (12 credits or more) throughout their undergraduate studies in order to participate fully in the intellectual and professional life of their academic environment. Students who are awarded institutional funds are expected to enroll full-time, 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 submitting a Scholarship Proration Request. Consideration for scholarship proration is only available for undergraduate scholarships. If you have any questions, please contact:

Leticia Moreno
Assistant Director, Student Services

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 Illinois Tech, or 10 academic semesters (five years) for students in the College of Architecture. 

Exceptions to this policy must be approved, and appeals for a one semester extension should be submitted to the Office of Financial Aid. Students who may require a year-long course of study to meet degree requirements should make their educational plans explicit in their appeal. Additional information from the student and/or the student's adviser, the Office of Undergraduate Academic Affairs, or related offices may be required 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 Tech.