If you or your family’s financial situation has changed significantly from what is reflected on your federal income tax return (for example, if you’ve lost a job or otherwise experienced a drop in income), you may be eligible to have your financial aid adjusted you may submit the Special Circumstance Form.  By submitting this form, you are requesting the Financial Aid Office to make adjustments to the data on your FAFSA, to more accurately reflect you and/or your family's current financial situation.

Due to the current economic situation, the Financial Aid Office is experiencing a large volume of appeals. Therefore, it is extremely important that the Special Circumstance Form and all supporting documentation, as outlined on the form, are submitted at the same time. We highly encourage students to be timely in submitting all required documents. 

 

WHAT ARE SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES?

This could be because of the loss or termination from a job, a reduction in working hours, or a reduction in salary or hourly wages.

Dependent Student: This could be because you or your parent had out-of-pocket medical/dental expenses not covered by insurance.

Independent Student: This could be because you/spouse had out-of-pocket medical/dental expenses not covered by insurance.

Dependent Student: This could be because your parent(s) was married at the time you completed your FAFSA, but are now divorced or legally separated.

Independent Student: This could be because you were married at the time you completed your FAFSA, but are now divorced or legally separated.

Dependent Student: This could be because one or both of the parents listed on your FAFSA, is now deceased.

Independent Student: This could be because your spouse, whose income is listed on your FAFSA, is now deceased.

Other circumstances are generally any circumstance that impacts the ability of a financial aid applicant to afford their attendance at an institution and would therefore make the student eligible to receive a financial aid adjustment.

CIRCUMSTANCES NOT CONSIDERED:

  • Standard Living Expenses
  • Consumer Debt
  • Travel/Vacation Expenses
  • Tithes/Charitable Contributions

HOW TO APPLY

  1. Complete a FAFSA Application (including the transfer of tax return and income information)
  2. Complete all checklist items shown on Eagle Self-Service
  3. Return the Special Circumstance Form, and documentation to the Financial Aid Office 
  4. Allow 7 to 10 business days for the review of your request
  5. Monitor your EagleMail account for notification of approval or denial


PLEASE NOTE: There are instances, where although your situation may qualify as a "Special Circumstance", adjusting the income information on your FAFSA will not result in an increase to your financial aid award.  In these cases, your request may be denied.  Also, Special Circumstance requests for the same situation will not be granted for multiple aid years unless approved by the Director of Financial Aid

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