A financial aid award appeal is a formal request to the Financial Aid Office to reconsider or reevaluate your and / or your family’s financial concerns or other special circumstances that may have an impact on your financial aid award. Graduate students will only be considered for increased federal or private loan eligibility, as eligibility for grant aid is determined by their school or department.

If you believe you or your family’s circumstances may allow you to submit an appeal, please access and review the following appeal qualification information within this section.  



Appeal Process & Timelines 

Appeals will be reviewed to determine if the circumstances explained and documented allow a financial aid award adjustment.

During review of the appeal, we may request additional documentation that will assist us in determining eligibility for additional aid. This may include documentation required for Federal Verification.   If additional documents are needed, a notification will be posted on the MYAID and PROWL accounts and the additional requirements will be posted as missing requirements. 

Decisions on appeals will be provided 10 to 30 business days after all required supporting documentation has been received. Appeal decisions are not made prior to our providing the initial financial aid award.  All effort is made to provide incoming freshmen with appeal decisions in time to allow them to make their commitment decision.  

The appeal decision will be communicated by a notification on the student’s MYAID and PROWL accounts as well as a more detailed letter sent to the parent and/or student by mail or email.  


Potential Appeal Outcomes

LMU makes every attempt to award students the maximum aid for which they are eligible to receive within the initial aid award. Therefore, the potential outcome of a submitted appeal ranges from no change to an award up to increased institutional, state, federal and / or private aid being awarded. This depends on a several factors and constraints assessed during the appeal process.

Please review the table below for specific potential appeal outcome information as related to your education level:


Potential Appeal Outcomes



Institutional Aid Increase   (merit / need as eligible)


No **

State Aid Increase  (merit / need as eligible)



Federal Aid Increase   (merit / need as eligible)



Private Aid Increase  (typically loan eligibility only)




*Institutional funds are limited and are typically not included in adjusted aid awarded as a result of an approved appeal. 
Also, note that an appeal will not result in loan eligibility being offset or replaced by increased grant or merit aid.
**Schools and / or departments determine institutional aid awarded within initial aid package.


Appeal Aid Exclusions

Please note that appeals related to the following aid awards are not processed by the Financial Aid Office and must be addressed to the following offices and outside organizations. 

  • Cal Grant Appeals - Processed by the California Student Aid Commission.
  • Athletic Appeals - Processed directly by the Athletic Department which can be reached at 310-338-2765.

If you have any questions about your appeal eligibility or how to submit an appeal, we invite you to Email Us


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