Special Circumstance appeal
If you or your family have experienced a significant change in your financial situation, such as job loss or loss of income, we invite you to review your situation with a One Stop counselor.
Additional aid or loan options may be available to help address your situation. In some cases, a counselor will recommend you file a special circumstance appeal form. This is an appeal to modify some of the data you or your family provided on your FAFSA.
Acceptable reasons to appeal:
- A parent is enrolled at least half time in a college degree or certificate program
- Separation, divorce, or death of parent since the time your FAFSA was filed
- Tuition expenses for private elementary or secondary education for other family members
- Nursing home expense/adult dependent care for a family member
- Loss or reduction of employment for at least 8 weeks prior to submission of appeal
- Loss of military employment or benefits (this does not include Veterans Educational Benefits)
- Loss of taxed/untaxed income or benefits, which may include: child support, untaxed retirement or disability benefits
- Loss of one-time income such as a rollover into a Roth IRA, moving expense allowance, back-year Social Security payments, or a divorce settlement
- Unusual, unreimbursed medical care expenses. Note: Only expenses paid directly by you or your parent(s) will be considered. They must be in excess of $2,000.
- Medical expenses for a certified disabled student—if you (the student) have medical expenses due to a chronic disability, these costs may be considered in your financial aid eligibility.