Financial Aid Adjustments
How Do I Request
Adjustments Due To Special Circumstances?
circumstances the Financial Aid Administrator has the authority, on
the basis of adequate documentation, to make adjustments on a
case-by-case basis to the cost of attendance or the values of the
data items required to calculate an expected student or parent
contribution (or both) to allow for treatment of a financial aid
applicant with special circumstances. It is important to note
that in order to qualify for a special circumstance, the situation
must be out of the student’s control.
circumstances that may be considered are:
Status: A dependent student who has totally lost contact with
parents and has been unable to locate them after making reasonable
efforts, has been abandoned by parents, or was in an abusive family
environment may be eligible to apply for a dependency override.
- Loss of
employment and/or loss of income
- Death of a
spouse or parent after FAFSA was filed
- Separation or
divorce after FAFSA was filed
medical or dental expenses not covered by insurance (Must be
out-of-pocket medical expenses).
- Loss of child
- Loss of
unemployment or disability benefits
To request an
adjustment due to special circumstances, you must visit the Financial Aid
Office to speak with a Financial Aid Administrator. Talking with a Financial Aid Administrator
will assist in determining whether or not your special circumstance meets the
minimum guidelines set forth by the Department of Education. A request for a financial aid adjustment due
to special circumstances is a lengthy process that requires substantial
documentation. The specific type of
documentation that will need to be submitted will vary depending on the
specifics surrounding your special circumstance.
advised that a special circumstance can only be approved for extenuating
circumstances that are beyond the student's control and for which appropriate
documentation is provided.