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Special Circumstances Appeal

If you or your parents have experienced a significant decline in income, you may submit a Special Circumstances Appeal after you have received your initial financial aid award notification for the academic year.

We recommend that you accept your initial financial aid package as is to ensure your bill is paid on time. If any changes are warranted after your appeal is reviewed, they would be made retroactively to the start of the academic year.

Types of circumstances that can be considered for a Special Circumstances Appeal:

  • Loss of employment
  • Other loss of income
  • Marital separation or divorce
  • Disability or retirement
  • Death of a parent or spouse
  • One-time payment received

How to Apply

We recommend that you communicate with one of our Financial Aid Advisors about your special circumstances before starting the appeal process.

Fall 2021, Spring 2022, and Summer 2022

Submit a 2021-22 Special Circumstances Appeal form and the listed required documentation. 

Things to Consider.

  • Submitting a Special Circumstances Appeal does not guarantee that your financial aid eligibility will change. Your aid package could remain the same, increase or decrease based on the documentation submitted to our office.
  • Please be advised that once you have initiated a Special Circumstances Appeal, your financial aid application may be selected for a process called verification.  Verification requirements will be added to your MyChecklist. If you decide not to proceed with the Special Circumstances Appeal, you will still be required to submit all required documents for the verification process.