A student’s calculated financial need is based on the family’s prior year income. However, income is sometimes drastically reduced due to situations beyond the family’s control. Examples of special circumstances include: a major change in employment or a layoff/unemployment, a separation or divorce after the original application was filed, the death or disability of a wage earner, a loss of benefits, unusually high medical bills paid but not covered by insurance, substantial elementary/secondary tuition expenses, or a parent attending college at least half-time and degree-seeking.
The next academic year’s Special Condition Form will be available in mid to late February. Please contact the Financial Aid Office if you have questions about whether or not your particular situation can be reviewed as a special condition. The original valid results of your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) must be on file before any adjustments can be processed. The first Award Letter the student receives will be based on results from the original FAFSA (or higher transactions the family has submitted).
Special conditions are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. If your FAFSA has been selected for verification, the government requires that process be completed before special condition adjustments can be made by the school.