DGCE Student Financial Appeal Form

Westfield State University
Division of Graduate and Continuing Education

STUDENT FINANCIAL APPEAL PETITION FORM

*Financial appeals forms must be submitted by students making the appeal. Third party submissions will not be processed.

The deadline for financial appeals is 10 business days after the term has ended.
 
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An appeal is a formal process. Appeal decisions will be made in accordance with University policy, where applicable. In case of course withdrawal, appeals are almost always denied if the issue is not the responsibility of University faculty, staff, or systems, or the result of documented extreme circumstances. The following reasons are not valid grounds for an appeal:
  • I didn’t know there was a deadline to withdraw.
  • I thought I would be automatically dropped if I didn’t attend or pay for the class.
  • I stopped attending the class, so I want my money back.
  • I never attended the class, so I want my money back.
  • The deadline didn’t give me enough time to decide on staying in the class.
  • I wasn’t doing well in the class.
  • I needed the money for something else.
  • I didn’t have the money to pay for the class.
 
Please indicate which of the following policies you are appealing (check all that apply). Complete policy details are available on the Westfield State University website and the Westfield State University Bulletin, in conjunction with other DGCE publications:
 
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Please use the space below for a statement of justification explaining the grounds of your appeal. It is your responsibility to provide proof that your appeal is justified; incomplete or inaccurate information will result in denial of your appeal. Be specific – include course information and instructor (where appropriate), semester, dates, etc. In addition, wherever possible, attach below any documents validating your statement. Relevant email may be copy/pasted into the field below or forwarded separately from this appeal form to etorrens@westfield.ma.edu. Any documents that cannot be attached electronically may be forwarded to Estelle Torrens, Business Manager, 577 Western Avenue, Westfield, MA 01086. Please be aware that all details in your statement will be verified.
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