Changing loan amounts on your award
Students cannot make changes to the aid amounts listed on their award notice on their own. A staff member in the Office of Student Financial Aid must make any requested changes administratively on your behalf. To request any change to your aid package, please send an email (from your Rush email account if you are a currently enrolled student) to Financial_Aid@rush.edu with the desired changes. Be sure to include your student ID number with your request.
Borrowing to cover the EFC
When packaging students with loans for an academic year, our counseling staff attempts to award students up to their level of need. Need is determined by subtracting your Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) from your Cost of Attendance. Students are able to borrow non-need-based funds to cover their EFC, if needed.
Appeals for unique circumstances
If you feel the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) does not accurately reflect your current financial situation, you can appeal to have your unique circumstances considered. Students wishing to appeal these expenses should submit a letter to our office formally requesting that the applicable circumstances be considered. Documentation for all requests should accompany the letter of appeal.
Definitions for many of the terms above can be found on the Definitions to Financial Aid Terms section of this site.