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.