COVID-19 Financial Aid Appeal

The decision to invest in a University of Miami education was the best decision you made to shape a bright future. COVID-19 has created unprecedented challenges for our families. The purpose of this appeal form is to allow the consideration of a change of financial circumstances that occurred during the current 2020 tax year as a result of reasons related to COVID-19. If your change of financial circumstances, such as loss of employment, was not directly related to COVID-19 and occurred in 2019, please submit the Request for Review Form found at

This form is not to be used to submit an appeal for an increase unless a change in your financial situation has occurred, such as the loss of employment. Please be sure you first speak with a financial aid advisor to determine if your changes will impact the student’s financial aid eligibility before submitting a 2020 COVID-19 Financial Aid Appeal. 

No additional need-based institutional aid will be awarded until the student has accepted all offered self-help, including federally subsidized direct loans and federal work study. Submission of this 2020 COVID-19 Financial Aid Appeal does not guarantee additional grant funding. Funding is limited and appeals will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis once the appeal and required documentation have been submitted in its entirety.

This form is intended to be completed as a family to explain your change of financial circumstances directly related to COVID-19. Listed below are the special circumstances that may be considered. Please select the situation that applies to you and your family. This review is for the 2020-2021 academic year only. Decisions are based on documentation provided and parameters previously established by the University. Please note that additional information may be requested and students are encouraged to monitor both their email as well as their CaneLink Student Center for further information. 

Special circumstances:

  • Loss of employment due to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Decrease in wages or salary due to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Loss of business/farm due to bankruptcy, etc., directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Death of spouse or parent since filing the FAFSA/CSS Profile due to coronavirus
  • Other circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic

To submit a 2020 COVID-19 appeal, please complete the form below and attach all supporting documentation. Only completed forms with all required documentation will be reviewed.

Required documentation for 2020 COVID-19 appeal: 

2020 COVID-19 Appeal Form
2020-2021 CSS Profile
2020-2021 FAFSA
2020-2021 CSS Profile for noncustodial parent, if applicable. Note: Not required if a Noncustodial Parent Waiver was previously approved.
2020 Signed federal tax returns, including all schedules
2020 Employer W-2(s)
2020 Corporate tax return(s) along with all K-1s, if applicable 
2019 Signed federal tax returns, including all schedules
2019 Employer W-2(s)
2019 Corporate tax return(s) along with all K-1s, if applicable

Please also submit the following, if not previously submitted:

2018 Signed federal tax returns, including all schedules
2018 Employer W-2(s)
2018 Corporate tax return(s) along with all K-1s, if applicable