Special Circumstances

If your, your spouse’s or your parents’ financial circumstances have changed since you completed your FAFSA, you should contact the financial aid adviser responsible for your section of the alphabet to report what has changed. Your adviser will evaluate your request and let you know if additional documentation is needed to support your request for reconsideration based on the change(s) you report.

Be aware that certain adjustments are already considered in the calculation of a family’s ability to pay in the federal formula that calculates financial need. Therefore, we will not always be able to reduce your expected contribution based on your unique circumstances. Special consideration is generally given only for the following circumstances:

  • loss of employment or change of employment status
  • divorce/separation or death of a parent/spouse
  • loss of untaxed income (i.e. child support)
  • disability
  • unusually high medical bills or disability-related expenses
  • loss of one-time income
  • unusual expenses not considered by the FAFSA (i.e. dependent care expenses, unusual transportation costs)

Before adjusting your eligibility based on special circumstances, we must first verify the accuracy of the data that you submitted on the FAFSA. You will need to complete the Verification process and submit all required documentation. Additionally, you must submit a written letter describing your extenuating circumstances that merit consideration. You will need to provide outside documentation to support your claim.

Before submitting any documentation, please contact your financial aid adviser to determine whether your circumstances merit reconsideration and what documentation you will need to provide.