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,
parent attending college at least half-time and degree-seeking.
The next academic year’s Special Condition Form will
be available in late March. 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.
Direct questions and comments to