Applying for Special Circumstances

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The federal government allows financial aid administrators to take into account special circumstances which occur during the current award year that may affect the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and the financial aid award. Some examples of special circumstances are:

  • Reduction of income from prior year, verified by tax return
  • Recent unemployment
  • Divorce
  • Death
  • Disability
  • Large uninsured medical/dental expenses
  • Childcare

New FAFSA requirement of using 2015 income information

Due to the new FAFSA requirement of using 2015 income information for the 2017-18 academic year, students have the opportunity to request a review of either the final 2016, or estimated 2017 income information. This reconsideration request can only be submitted ONCE for the 2017-18 academic year.

Contact the Financial Aid & Scholarship Office to discuss the changes in your financial situation and to obtain the Request for Review of Special Circumstances form.

Income Year Form Available   Deadline to Submit Form
2016 NOW March 30, 2018
2017 September 18, 2017 March 30, 2018 

This review can take up to 6-8 weeks processing time and may not result in any additional aid or extend the placement of a fee deferral or housing extension. All prior due dates must still be honored. 

We know that there are many circumstances that may impact a family's ability to contribute to a student's education, and we will work with you to understand your options and determine if any additional aid may be available based on your individual circumstances. Unfortunately, not all circumstances will be eligible for consideration, and not all appeals will result in additional financial assistance