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Special Circumstances

The FAFSA uses a standardized formula for all when determining eligibility for Title IV financial aid.  There are circumstances, however, where adjustments are warranted due to changes in a student's/family's income and/or expenses.  On a case-by-case basis, the Financial Aid Office will review these instances upon a student's request, but there are deadlines for doing so:

  • November 1 for students beginning enrollment in the fall semester
  • April 1 for students beginning enrollment in the spring semester

There must be compelling reasons for any review requests and adequate supporting documentation must be provided.  The situations below, while not all inclusive, are indicative of typical special circumstances:  

  • Parent(s) or student recently unemployed 
  • Parent(s) or student's income reduced due to pay cut or benefits that have ceased
  • Parents or student divorced or separated
  • Death of parent or student's spouse
  • Medical and dental expenses
  • Childcare expenses
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