Special Circumstances

When life happens and you need help

Has your financial situation significantly changed since you completed the 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) with your 2018 income information?

If yes, you (and your parents, if dependent) should file your 2020 taxes as soon as possible. This information is needed to determine if there is a Special Circumstance and if you qualify for more financial aid.

Job Loss

Loss of job
after 2018?

Medical Bills

Extremely high medical
expenses after 2018


Marital status change?
(divorce, separation, widowed)

Job Hours Reduction

Reduction in work
hours after 2018?


Dependency Status (documented proof of no relationship with parents)?


Other financial reductions or extenuating circumstances?


Let us help you

Talk to a financial aid specialist about your situation. We will guide through the next steps and the required documentation to see if we can adjust your eligibility.

Personal choices that are made that cannot be considered are:

  • Voluntarily decreasing work hours to attend college
  • Resigning or leaving job voluntarily
  • Extensive credit card debt
  • Extensive mortgage debt

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