Special Circumstances

The U.S. Department of Education gives the College financial 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 Student Financial Planning 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
  • Death of the primary wage earner
  • High, out of pocket, medical expenses(greater than 7.5 % of the current year adjusted gross income) 

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:

  • Signed letter explaining the nature of the situation fully
  • Completed and signed Special Circumstance Form
  • Completed and signed Verification Worksheet Completed and signed copy of the student/parent's most recently filed Federal Tax Return(all schedules) & W-2's
  • Documentation of your Special Circumstance (refer to Special Circumstance Form)
  • All applicable documentationof a circumstance not listed on the Special Circumstance Form

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