Complete the appropriate Special Circumstance Application to inform the Financial Aid Office of changes to your family's financial situation or household size that impact your ability to pay educational expenses.
Special circumstances, if accepted, may result in an increase in need-based loans, student employment, or in certain cases, additional grant assistance. It will typically take 2-4 weeks to process your application after all required documentation has been received.
Special Circumstance Applications
If a student was required to provide parental information on the FAFSA, they are considered dependent for purposes of financial aid.
If a student was not required to provide parental information on the FAFSA, they are considered independent for purposes of financial aid.
Acceptable reasons to file a Special Circumstance Application include:
- Death or disability of a parent or spouse since filing the FAFSA
- Divorce or separation of parent or student since filing the FAFSA
- Medical, dental, or dependent care expenses not reimbursed by insurance or by an employer's pre-tax cafeteria plan
- Loss child support and/or taxable Social Security benefits
- Business or farm closed due to bankruptcy, foreclosure, or natural disaster
- Private high school, junior high, or elementary tuition expenses for other family members
- Parents' or spouse's personal college loan payments
- Parent(s) enrolled in college in 2017 or 2018 and paying out-of-pocket college tuition