Appeals & Special Circumstances


Documents may be submitted mailed by US mail or emailed from the student’s Palomar Email account to Please include your full name and Palomar ID number when emailing. Documents must be complete in order for us to accept them. We will NOT accept documents by fax.


Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal

Click here to submit a SAP Appeal using our new mobile site that allows you to upload documents, sign and submit your appeal from your desktop, tablet or smartphone.

SAP Appeal Deadlines - Appeal eligibility will not be retroactive to prior terms.

2022/2023 SAP Appeal
Fall 2022 - November 30, 2022
Spring 2023 - May 5, 2023
Summer 2023 - August 1, 2023


Second Level Appeal

2022/2023 Appeal to the Director Form

Appeal to the Director

2022/2023 Director Appeal
Fall 2022 - December 16, 2022
Spring 2023 - May 19, 2023
Summer 2023 - August 9, 2023

Appeal to the Director Requirements:

  • Complete Appeal to the Director Form
  • Meet with a counselor to complete an Educational Plan. You may contact the counseling department to schedule an appointment at (760) 891-7511 or email for assistance.
  • Submit Appeal, Educational Plan & other supporting documents to the Financial Aid Office by the published appeal deadline

Appeal eligibility will not be retroactive to prior terms.
Only submit if your SAP Appeal was denied and you have additional statements and/or documentation.

Special Circumstances

Dependency Override

DOE (Department of Education), allows schools to exercise “Professional Judgment” in determining a student’s dependency status in certain situations where the relationship between you and your parent(s) has been compromised in a serious and ongoing way. If you had a Dependency Override approved in the prior year, please fill out the Dependency Override Continuation Form.

2022/2023 Dependency Override Forms (Fall 2022, Spring 2023, Summer 2023)

2022/2023 Paper FAFSA Form

2022/2023 Dependency Override Form

2022/2023 Dependency Override Continuation Form

2023/2024 Dependency Override Forms (Fall 2023, Spring 2024, Summer 2024)

2023/2024 Paper FAFSA Form

2023/2024 Dependency Override Form

2023/2024 Dependency Override Continuation Form

Homelessness | Unaccompanied Youth

DOE (Department of Education), allows schools to exercise “Professional Judgment” in determining a student’s dependency status as it relates to homelessness and or unaccompanied youth. If you are a 1) unaccompanied and homeless, or 2) unaccompanied, self-supporting, and at-risk of homelessness youth please contact the Financial aid office to schedule an appointment to meet with the Homeless Liaison for determination of status at (760) 744-1150 ext 2366

Income Special Circumstances

Projected Year Income Request (Changes in Income)

2022/2023 Projected Year Income-PARENT (Dependent Students)

2022/2023 Projected Year Income-STUDENT (Independent Students)

The Financial Aid Office may be able to adjust data items used to calculate your expected family contribution (EFC) and your financial need if special circumstances exist that affect your ability to contribute towards the cost of education.

**Your Financial Aid file MUST be complete before you can submit a Special Circumstances Request