Financial Aid and Scholarships

MyVerify and Appeals

Cabrillo’s Financial Aid Office offers a convenient online platform that makes it easier to navigate the financial aid process. MyVerify is used to manage verification tasks, Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP), Family Contribution, and Dependency Override Appeals. It provides secure document upload and e-sign capabilities from any device. Providing the best student experience is important to us!

By using MyVerify our students will be able to:

  • Complete financial aid forms on phones, tablets, or computers
  • Securely upload documents from any device
  • E-sign documents- both students and parents!
  • Manage financial aid tasks online
  • Receive automated reminders about a student’s outstanding task and next steps

For help in navigating through this process, click here for a guide to help navigate your MyVerify account. This short video provides an overview of MyVerify for your convenience. 

Need assistance navigating through this process? Stop by one of our workshops to receive hands-on assistance

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Example of verification task in MyVerify

Students can use any mobile device to take a picture and upload required documents to MyVerify

Appeals

Students with adverse or unusual circumstances may be considered for a dependency status change by filing a Dependency Appeal with the Financial Aid Office. This may be done after you complete your FAFSA. If you have any questions, please make an appointment with your Financial Aid Advisor.

Examples of unusual and/or adverse circumstances for Dependency Appeal Consideration:

  • Your parents are incarcerated
  • You left home due to an abusive family environment
  • You do not know where your parents are and you are unable to contact them (Abandonment)
  • You are older than 21 but not 24 and unaccompanied and either homeless or self-supporting and at risk of being homeless

Examples of required documentation for a Dependency Appeal may include but not limited to:

  • A police report
  • A statement on official letterhead from a social agency representative; therapist; clergy; court official; and/or High School educator who is knowledgeable of your situation

How to request a Dependency Override Appeal:

  • Log in to your MyVerify account
    • Use your Cabrillo Student ID number and Financial Aid Self Service password to log in
    • Confirm your student information and opt into text alerts if desired
  • Click on the + Request button MyVerify and click on the + sign to request the Dependency Override Appeal for the appropriate school year
  • You will need to complete and upload the appropriate documents to your account for your appeal to be considered.

Documentation is critical and necessary in making this decision.

In certain situations, students and/or their families may appeal for a re-evaluation of their eligibility for financial assistance by filing a Family Contribution Appeal. If your family is facing a change in financial circumstances that occurred after filing your FAFSA for your current school year, you and/or parent(s) may be eligible to start the Income Change Process.

Some Examples of Family Contribution we will consider include:

  • Students or Spouse (if applicable) loss of Job/Reduction of Wages
  • Parent(s) loss of Job/Reduction of Wages
  • Separation or Divorce
  • Death of a Parent
  • Death of Spouse
  • Loss of Alimony
  • Loss of Child Support
  • Loss of Workman's Compensation
  • Loss of benefits (i.e. TANF, Social Security)
  • Unusual Medical Expenses Not Reimbursed by Insurance

Required documentation for Family Contribution Appeal may include but not limited to:

Documentation is necessary for the appeal to be approved.

How to Initiate the process for a Family Contribution Appeal:

  • Email your Financial Aid Advisor with a short explanation of why you are requesting the appeal. Your advisor will walk you through the process and request the appeal through your MyVerify account.
  • You will need to complete and upload the appropriate documents to your account for your appeal to be considered.
    • Log into your MyVerify account
    • Use your Cabrillo Student ID number and Financial Aid Self Service password to log in
    • Confirm your student information and opt into text alerts if desired

Students are required to submit a SAP appeal if they are not maintaining SAP standards and are interested in receiving federal or state based aid. SAP Appeals will be automatically loaded for all students that are Disqualified or Max Time after the term. If you are a student that already has received a bachelor’s degree, you will need to manually request the appeal through your MyVerify account.

*If you are only interested in receiving the CCPG fee waiver, you are NOT required to go through the SAP Appeal process.

How to Complete a SAP Appeal

  • Fill out the SAP Appeal Form through your MyVerify account. For guidance on how to complete your SAP appeal form, please refer to this document.
  • Make an appointment with a Cabrillo Academic Counselor to develop and archive a Comprehensive Educational Plan. You must be following your Comprehensive Educational Plan. Please ensure that the major declared on your Ed Plan is your active program. To check your active program, or change your major visit eForms.
  •  If you are disqualified, you will also need to attach supporting documentation. The documentation submitted must support why SAP was not made, and must correspond with the semester(s) you failed to make SAP. 

Your SAP Appeal will be considered incomplete without proper documentation. The SAP appeal decision will be sent to you approximately three weeks after submission.

 The documentation submitted must support why SAP was not made and must correspond with the semester(s) you failed to make SAP. 

SAP Appeal Deadlines:
  • Fall: November 23, 2021
  • Spring: April 29, 2022
  • Summer: August 5th, 2022
We are here to help!
financial.aid@cabrillo.edu (831) 479-6548