Manitoba

Education and Training

Manitoba Student Aid

Appeals


What is an appeal?

If you are not approved for funding or you think the amount awarded is too low, you can ask for an appeal of your financial need assessment. An appeal will only be considered if special circumstances set you apart from other students.


What is not an appeal?

  • Your personal information has changed (name, marital status, address, etc.)
  • Your finances have increased/decreased (your/spouse’s income, correction to pre-study period income, etc.)
  • You need to correct mistakes made on an application
  • You feel that your exceptional expenses haven't been considered
  • Your parents are unable to make the expected parental contribution
  • For a full list, see the Making Changes web page.

How do I ask for an Appeal?

STEP 1: Print and complete the Request for Appeal form (Adobe PDF Document 373 KB), include a letter that clearly explains the following:

  • Which policy or decision you are appealing (see STEP 2)
  • The outcome that you are requesting (for example, amount of funding, approval of current or upcoming study period, etc.)
  • Why you are asking for an appeal. What makes your situation exceptional when compared to other students
  • Why your circumstances prevent you from completing your studies without the financial aid you applied for
  • Any other funding options you have explored, such as part-time work, grants, scholarships, or personal lines of credit

STEP 2: On the Request for Appeal form, check the box that applies to your situation.

The Number of Degrees, Diplomas, or Certificates I have

You must provide:

  • detailed information explaining the purpose of this additional degree, diploma or certificate and why your current education is insufficient
  • a complete copy of your academic history – photocopies and web transcripts are accepted
  • any other relevent/supporting documentation (example, medical documentation)
The Number of Years I am Allowed Funding

You must provide:

  • detailed information explaining why you need additional time to complete your program
  • an academic plan from your school (example, Faculty Advisor, Academic Advisor, etc.) listing the following:
    • the courses you still need to complete
    • when you will complete them, and
    • the expected graduation date
  • a complete copy of your academic history – photocopies and web transcripts are accepted
  • any other relevant/supporting documentation (example, medical documentation, letter from counselor, 3rd party, etc.)
My Over Awards

You must provide:

  • detailed information explaining your situation including how and why the over awards were created
  • verification of the amount of Canada/Manitoba Student Loans that were repaid
  • a completed Applicant’s Cash Flow form (Adobe PDF Document 226 KB), with supporting documentation
  • a complete copy of your academic history – photocopies and web transcripts are accepted
  • any other relevant/supporting documentation (example, medical documentation, letter from counselor, 3rd party, etc.)
My Assets

You must provide:

  • detailed information explaining why you cannot access these assets for educational purposes
  • supporting documentation that verifies your situation (example, letter from bank/credit union/investment agency, bank statements, etc.)
My Unsatisfactory Progress

You must provide:

  • detailed information explaining why you have had academic difficulties in the past and what is different for you now
  • an academic plan from your school (example, Faculty Advisor, Academic Advisor, etc.) listing the following:
    • the courses you still need to complete,
    • when you will complete them, and
    • the expected graduation date
  • a complete copy of your academic history – photocopies and web transcripts are accepted
  • any other relevant/supporting documentation (example, medical documentation, letter from counselor, 3rd party, etc.)
My Unsatisfactory Attendance (This appeal category applies to students attending Private Vocational Institutions and Private Training Providers)

You must provide:

  • detailed information explaining why you have had unsatisfactory attendance in the past and what is different for you now
  • an academic plan from your school including the following:
    • the courses/hours you still need to complete,
    • when you will complete them, and
    • the expected graduation date
  • a complete copy of your academic history – photocopies and web transcripts are accepted
  • a complete copy of your attendance record
  • any other relevant/supporting documentation (example, medical documentation, letter from counselor, 3rd party, etc.)

STEP 3: Mail or drop off your completed Request for Appeal form and required supporting documentation to the closest office:

WINNIPEG
Manitoba Student Aid

401-1181 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3G OT3

BRANDON
Manitoba Student Aid

362 - 340 9th Street
Brandon, Manitoba R7A 6C2

Appeal requests may also be submitted by fax to 204-948-3421.


How long does an appeal take?

Complete appeal requests can take up to 20 business days for a decision to be made. After your Request for an Appeal is reviewed, you will be notified in writing of the decision.


What is the deadline for submitting an appeal?

The deadline to submit an appeal request is 30 days after the assessment decision has been made by Manitoba Student Aid and no later than 3 weeks before your study period end date. No funding will be issued after your program ends.


What if I submit an incomplete appeal request?

Incomplete appeal requests will not be processed and will be returned by mail outlining what information is still required.


Disclaimer

Submitting an appeal request does not guarantee that you will receive more funding.


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