Sometimes you run into situations that severely limit what you can take on financially. We call these special circumstances. It could be something like unusually high medical expenses or job loss.
These special circumstances aren't recognized when you apply for aid, so there is a process you can go through to have your need-based aid reviewed.
Job Loss or Change
Individuals or families who experience reduced income due to a job loss or change can submit an appeal form.
Other Financial Circumstances
If you’re looking to have your aid reviewed due to other financial circumstances, your situation must be both:
- Unusual, meaning the typical family would not face this situation in a normal year
- Non-discretionary, meaning there is not much you can do about it.
To appeal based on these conditions, submit the appeal form:
- Appeal: Unusual Financial Conditions (2013-2014) (pdf)
- Appeal: Unusual Financial Conditions (2012-2013) (pdf)
Some financial conditions used in appeals include unusual medical expenses, children in private K-12 school, out-of-pocket funeral expenses, or day-care expenses paid by the student.
Conditions that do not warrant an appeal include payment of routine living expenses (house, car, or credit card payments), debt repayment, wedding expenses, and other expenses that reflect lifestyle choices.
Change in Student's Marital Status
Prior to the 2012-13 school year, a student's marital status on the FAFSA could not be changed. New for 2012-13, students whose marital status changes (e.g., get married or divorced) after submitting their FAFSA may submit an appeal. The deadline for submitting this appeal form is November 1, 2012. Completion of the appeal does not guarantee approval of your request.