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Special Circumstances Appeal

The Office of Student Financial Services is aware that a family's financial circumstances may change, which may affect you and your family’s ability to contribute toward your education. Our office can help address this issue and assist families who have experienced a significant change in income and/or resources.

Examples of Special Circumstances considered:

  • Reduction of income or benefits, or changes in employment status.
  • Extraordinary medical or dental expenses.
  • Death of a parent or spouse whose information is on the FAFSA form.
  • Divorce or separation after filing the 2024-2025 FAFSA form.
  • Natural Disaster expenses not covered by insurance.

The Special Circumstances Form details what type of supporting documentation you must submit with the form to verify the change in circumstance.

Each family's situation is unique and is reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Submission of an appeal does not guarantee approval, and families should make alternative payment arrangements while waiting for the outcome of an appeal. Please Note: Any changes to your financial aid awards will be contingent on the type of funds available, eligibility policies, and regulations. Please email with any questions.