What to do if your financial situation changes

Since financial need for the 2014-15 academic year is based upon 2013 financial data, we realize that situations can change after the filing of the FAFSA or Renewal FAFSA. Adjustments may be made and the need recalculated in certain situations if documentation of one or more of the following circumstances is provided to our office.

  • Uninsured medical and dental expenses in excess of the federally calculated allowance.
  • A dependent student's parent or independent student and/or spouse who had earnings during 2013 has been unemployed for at least 10 weeks during 2014.
  • A dependent student's parent or independent student and/or spouse who had earnings during 2013 has not been able to earn money as usual for at least 10 weeks during 2014 due to a disability or natural disaster.
  • A parent or student received untaxed income or benefits during 2013 but completely or partially lost that income or benefits in 2014.
  • A dependent student's parents separated or divorced or a parent died after the 2014-2015 FAFSA or Renewal FAFSA was filed or an independent student separated or divorced, or the student's spouse died after the FAFSA or Renewal FAFSA was filed.
  • The payment of parochial or private school tuition for elementary or secondary school for dependent children within the household.

If you meet one of the above-listed criteria or have other situations which you would like us to review, please contact our office and ask for a Special Circumstance form to be mailed to you or you can print the downloadable Special Circumstance Form. This form must be completed, signed and returned with all required documentation before your request can be processed. Special Circumstance requests for students will be reviewed after June 1.