If your family's financial situation were subject to a significant change, we may be able to help. The Financial Aid & Scholarships Office, under limited circumstances, may be able to re-evaluate your eligibility for financial aid for the academic year. This re-evaluation will be based upon the information you provide within the Special Circumstance Appeal form.

In many instances, a student or family can demonstrate a financial loss from one year to another. However, the financial loss may not be considered significant enough within certain financial aid programs to gain more financial aid eligibility.

Our office is prepared to work with you to explain your options and determine if any additional aid may be available. Contact us to discuss your extenuating circumstances.

Circumstances Which Can Be Considered

  • Loss of job (must be out of work at least six weeks)
  • Loss of child support
  • Marital divorce or separation
  • Death of a parent or spouse
  • High out of pocket medical, dental, vision, prescription expenses paid (not incurred)
  • Recent diagnosis of a medical issue
  • Recent loss in social security earnings

Circumstances Which Cannot Be Considered

  • One time gambling winnings, capital gains, IRA distributions, or one time severance pay
  • Penalties associated with the early withdrawal of retirement funds
  • Costs related to bankruptcy or bankruptcy payment plans
  • Private elementary or high school tuition
  • Parent in college expenses
  • Losses associated with gambling
  • Reductions in overtime pay
  • Unusual expenses related to personal living such as wedding expenses, credit card bills, utility bills, home mortgage, 2nd mortgage, school loan payments, car payments, veterinarian bills, or other miscellaneous consumer expenses
  • Loss of business or rental income

If you have any questions about the Appeal Hearing Process or need assistance, please visit the Self-Service Help Center.