Appeal for Special Circumstance

Your financial aid eligibility was initially determined based on the information you reported on your FAFSA regarding your prior year income.

However, if you have experienced changes that have created extraordinary circumstances, this process will enable you to request a review of your situation.  Our review may result in a change to your EFC and increased eligibility.  Any changes to your award will be based on funding available at the time of review, and will be retroactive to the beginning of the school year.


Special Circumstances

The types of situations that warrant review are limited to:

  • Loss of income/resources: (This does not apply to students who voluntarily quit a job to attend school). Death, Divorce, Layoff, Unemployment, Disability, Retirement, Social Security, Veterans Benefits, Child or Spousal Support
  • Medical and dental costs: Only costs not covered by insurance, and that are incurred during the academic year.
  • Dependent care expenses
  • Other: Other unusual circumstances not listed above.

If you decide that you want to submit an Appeal for Special Circumstances, you will need to:

  • Provide a detailed, written statement explaining the special circumstance, including the reason(s) and specific date of change.
  • Attach supporting documentation listed on the appeal form.