Special Circumstances Review

While financial aid is calculated based on family income from two years prior, we recognize that family circumstances may change unexpectedly, which can impact a family's ability to contribute towards educational expenses.

You may request a review of your family's special circumstances by completing the Special Circumstances Review Request form for the academic year impacted.

Generally, this review is for the purpose of decreasing a family's Student Aid Index (SAI) calculated using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which may result in increased eligibility for need-based grants and loans. If a student's SAI (before review) is $0 (or negative), there can be no further adjustments that would result in additional financial aid eligibility.

Circumstances considered may include, but are not limited to:

  • Significant loss in income due to loss of or change in employment
  • One-time/non-recurring income
  • Unreimbursed medical/disability expenses
  • Change in marital status

Circumstances that will not be considered include, but are not limited to:

  • Matching financial aid eligibility from other universities or colleges
  • Student or parent(s) who does not wish to borrow to cover educational expenses
  • Parent(s) refusal to contribute to educational expenses
  • Parent(s) payment of student loans for older sibling
  • Expenses such as credit card debt, wedding expenses, sports, enrichment activities, etc.