Special Consideration

If you or your family has experienced a significant change in your financial situation, the Financial Aid Office, under limited circumstances, may be able to re-evaluate your eligibility for financial aid for the school year. This re-evaluation will be based upon the information you provide with the Special Consideration Request form.

In some instances, a student or family can demonstrate a financial loss from one year to the next, however, the financial loss may not be significant enough to gain more financial aid eligibility. It is important for you to know that not all changes in circumstances will result in an adjustment and increase a student's financial aid award.

IMPORTANT NOTICE:  If you submit a request for Special Consideration, you run the risk of losing financial aid eligibility if it is determined during the process that you actually received more income than what was reported on the FAFSA. As an example, your W2 forms may show that your wages were lower in 2018 than they were in 2017, however, because of tax law changes, you may have had lesser tax liability in 2018 than you did in 2017.

If you submit a Request for Special Consideration that results in a loss of financial aid, the Financial Aid office is required to make the necessary adjustments. If you are unsure of whether or not your income change is significant enough to justify a Special Consideration Request, you may email a brief description of the reduction to your income to  [email protected] for a preliminary review. 

  1. Students who are requesting Special Consideration must first complete the FAFSA for the appropriate aid year. If you have not already done so, please click here to file a FAFSA.
  2. Prior to the evaluation of your request for Special Consideration your FAFSA must be verified by our office. Instructions for completing the Verification Process are included with the Special Consideration Request forms at the bottom of this page. If you have already completed the verification process for the academic year under consideration, you may omit this step. If information that you previously reported on your FAFSA was not accurate, verification may result in the loss of some aid that has already been awarded and/or paid to the student, which may not be reinstated if your request for special consideration is not approved.

Circumstances that will be considered

  • Reduced wages due to job loss or layoff, decreased work hours for at least 90 days;
  • Receipt of Unemployment Benefits in lieu of wages or expiration of unemployment benefits;
  • Inflated Adjusted Gross Income on tax return due to a pension withdrawal or rollover that was used to pay off debt.
  • High out of pocket medical, dental, vision or prescription expenses that you have paid;
  • Loss or reduction in child support or spousal support payments;
  • Marital divorce or separation;
  • Death of a parent or spouse;
  • Other similar financial changes as appropriate

Special Consideration Policy   

Review and Notification

NOTE: Please allow 10 business days from completion of verification and submission of all requested documentation for a response. Notification of decision will be sent via email.


2019-2020 (Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Summer 2020)

Special Consideration Forms - Dependent Students for 2019-2020 (If you included your parents on your FAFSA, use this form)

Special Consideration Form - Independent Students 2019-2020 (If you were not required to include parental information on your FAFSA, you use this form)