Occasionally, unusual circumstances warrant a reconsideration of financial aid eligibility. These could be either changes in your family's situation since you filed the FAFSA, or unusual circumstances not accounted for on the FAFSA. This can include, but is not limited to:
- Loss of income for at least 10 weeks in 2021 or 2022
- Separation or divorce
- Death of a parent (of a dependent student) or spouse (of an independent student)
- Receipt of one-time, non-recurring income in 2020
- Rollover of a qualifying retirement account in 2020
- High medical/dental expenses
Do not request this Appeal if:
- Family income in 2021 and/or 2022 will be higher than in 2020
- You have not yet filed a FAFSA
- Your Expected Family Contribution (EFC), as calculated by the FAFSA, is 0
All circumstances must be documented.
A "budget" is the Cost of Attendance which reflects a student's expected educational expenses. A Budget Adjustment Appeal can increase a student's Cost of Attendance to allow for more borrowing, in the case of expenses which are higher than the allotted amounts.
This can include, but is not limited to:
- One-time computer purchase
- Child Care or Elderly Care expenses
- Disability expenses not otherwise covered
- Certain auto repair expenses
- Living arrangement expenses
An adjustment can only be considered for documented expenses incurred within the academic year. The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships reserves the right to limit the number of Budget Adjustment Appeals allowed for each student.
Students who are estranged from their parent(s) because of extenuating circumstances should consider completing this Appeal process. Eligible circumstances include, but are not limited to:
- Orphan after age 13, even if now adopted
- In foster care after 13, even if no longer in foster care
- Dependent or Ward of the Court after age 13
- Emancipated minor upon reaching age of majority
- Legal guardianship upon reaching age of majority
- Homeless or at risk of being homeless
- Abandonment, abuse, neglect
- Criminal activity, substance abuse, incarceration
Ineligible circumstances (when not connected to other eligible circumstances) include, but are not limited to: the family is not willing to contribute to educational expenses, student does not reside with parents, parents do not claim student as dependent on their taxes, parents cannot afford educational expenses, and/or student does not want parental assistance with educational costs. In these cases, please submit parent information on the FAFSA.