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 Special Circumstances

The federal government makes every effort to capture the family's financial situation using the FAFSA; however, some families may be experiencing a hardship or unusual circumstance which is not reflected on the FAFSA. The Financial Aid Office will review these circumstances on a case by case basis to determine if it changes the student's eligibility for aid.

If your household has experienced a substantial (greater than $5000) reduction in income from the amounts reported on your FAFSA application, you may be eligible for a special circumstance consideration.

Types of Special Circumstances

  • Loss of employment

  • Change in employment

  • Change in or loss of Unemployment benefits

  • IRA Conversion from Regular IRA to Roth IRA

  • Separation/Divorce

  • Death

Circumstances which do not warrant a review include unusual credit card debt, high living expenses, or refusal to pay for college.

To report a special circumstance, call the Financial Aid Office to speak with your Financial Aid Advisor or schedule an appointment. You will be told what documentation is required based on the individual circumstance.

 Dependency Status

If a student is considered dependent based on the criteria on the FAFSA, the student is required to provide parental information. In certain extreme situations, the student can appeal this with the Financial Aid Office. The student will need to meet with a Financial Aid Advisor to review the required documentation for the appeal. A student will NOT be considered independent if only following reasons apply: not living with parents, not claimed on parents taxes, or not receiving funds for college from parents.