Interview 46: Mark Kantrowitz on “How to appeal a financial aid award”


Mark explains his background and he explains where his passion for scholarships and financial aid comes from. Mark explains what special circumstances are.

Mark Kantrowitz
Mark explains why colleges that charge a lot more are often the ones who are more willing to adjust their aid award. Mark talks about some of the expenses that are unlikely to be grounds for a successful appeal. Mark talks about the difference between the FAFSA and the PROFILE and how this impacts the aid award a family receives. Mark discusses: Parent student loans, elderly care, a special needs child, one parent refusing to pay their fair share; Mark also explains what the dependency override is. Mark discusses the competitor aid award appeal; We discuss what Preferential packaging is and how this can impact aid award appeals. We talk about how do you appeal an aid award. What do you say and who do you address your appeal to? (Length 1:32:50)

You can also listen on Episode 107, Episode 108, Episode 109 and Episode 110

  • I’ve been studying financial aid matters for the last few weeks and Mr. Kantrowitz is definitely considered to be one of the leading experts in the field. I’m a big fan of his work with FinAid. I was delighted to hear him speak on YCBK. Thank you!

    • Thanks Sylvia, Mark has been dedicating himself to help students and parents unpack the complexities of the financial aid and scholarship process for over three decades. We were blessed to have him and the feedback to his interview has been extremely positive.