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Special Circumstances

Financial Aid Adjustment/Special Circumstances

Financial Aid may adjust a student’s financial aid award package based on special circumstances.   A special circumstance is used on a case-by-case basis when there has been involuntary, permanent income changes, unusual expenses, or changes in personal circumstances that occurred in the past year.  The special circumstances can be re-evaluated for both a dependent or independent student and also for a dependent student's parents.  This may include:

  • Loss of employment/Retirement
  • Separation/Divorce
  • Death/Disability
  • Loss of untaxed income, other income, or benefit
  • Unusual expenses

If you have had special circumstances you would like our office to consider, please take the following steps:

  1. Print and complete the Special Circumstances form below.
  2. Provide supporting documentation.
  3. Submit the completed form and supporting documentation to our office.
  4. Allow 2-4 weeks for processing.