Special Circumstance Guidance

Students with ‘Special Circumstances’ that have negatively affected them or their family's financial situation could be eligible for an adjusted financial aid award resulting in higher aid. For example, because of COVID-19 some employers have shut down, reduced work hours, or furloughed employees; others may not have been able to work due to illness. With that we are able to review your special circumstances to adjust the amount of financial aid you receive or would have received.

 If your family has experienced a change in income due to unusual, special circumstances, we operate with Professional Judgement and U.S. Department of Education guided flexibility to re-evaluate your situation for the following reasons:

  •  Loss of job or permanent/indefinite reduction of work hours.
  • Separation or divorce.
  • Personal bankruptcy that occurs during the current financial aid year.
  • Death of a member of your immediate family.
  • Reduction/loss of child support.
  • High non-reimbursed medical expense.
  • Your parents took money out of their pension/retirement plan as a one-time payment to help cover expenses.

Other documented special circumstances outside of the student’s control.

If you would like to complete a Special Circumstance appeal, click here and download the form. Please remember the appropriate documentation as stated on the form to support your Special Circumstance. You may fax, email, or drop off your completed Special Circumstance form along with all the required documentation to the Office of Financial Assistance.

* Please note that the process takes up to 20 business days for a decision to be made and it is not a guarantee that appeals will be approved.