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Special Cases

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a tool used to estimate a student and family's ability to pay (Expected Family Contribution - EFC) for educational expenses by using prior year income. On occasion, unusual circumstances occur that may warrant reevaluation of a student's financial aid eligibility. On a case-by-case basis, these special circumstances may be changes that have occurred in your family situation since you filed the FAFSA, or unusual family circumstances not accounted for on the FAFSA.

If you have a special circumstance, you may be eligible to apply for a Request for Special Circumstances. Some examples of a special circumstance may include the following:

  • Reduction or Loss of income or benefit
  • Elementary or Secondary school tuition
  • Medical, dental or nursing home expenses not covered by insurance
  • High child care costs
  • Being homeless or a dislocated worker
  • Other changes in the family's income or assets
  • Change in marital status
  • Loss of untaxable income or benefit
  • Death of a parent or spouse
  • Lump Sum payment

Please Note:

  • An appointment with a Financial Aid Advisor is required
  • All supporting documentation must be submitted with request
  • Student must submit statement explaining their hardship/special circumstances
  • Submission of a Request for Special Circumstances does not guarantee approval