Special Circumstances

The U.S. Department of Education gives the College's Financial Aid Office latitude in considering special circumstances not reflected on the FAFSA. Special circumstances that might call for professional judgment from the Financial Aid Office include loss or reduction of income, changes in family dynamics not shown on tax returns and unreimbursed medical expenses.
Students with circumstances not addressed by the FAFSA should share the details in writing with the Financial Aid Office.

This process allows the Director of Financial Aid to consider certain limited situations that will impact the student/family's ability to contribute financially. These situations must be unexpected in nature and can include:

  • Involuntary Unemployment
  • Divorce or Legal Separation 
  • Death or Disability of a family member 
  • Unreimbursed Medical Expenses 

Students and parents are encouraged to present any situations that they believe might fit the criteria for a Special Circumstance review. In order to submit an appeal, you must provide the following:

Your request cannot be considered until you have submitted all documentation required. The review process takes anywhere from 2-5 days to complete. You will be notified, in writing, of the outcome of your appeal.