You can file a special circumstances appeal if your family financial situation changes

You have the option to submit an appeal to have your financial aid determined with more recent information than what is submitted with your FAFSA. If there have been recent extenuating circumstances that would have affected your financial situation financial aid budget, you may review the following types of appeals and file the appropriate forms.

 

Special Financial Circumstances

Submit an appeal to have your financial aid determined with more recent income information

Reasons to Complete a Request Reasons to NOT Complete a Request
- Loss of job or change in income - Your EFC is already 0
- Changes to child support - You have not yet filed a FAFSA or will not file a FAFSA
- Death of parent/spouse - Your (student) marital status has changed - contact our office for assistance

When submitting an Independent Special Circumstances Form or a Dependent Special Circumstances Form (forms are located in the Appeals section), all students are required to submit the following:

  • V-1 Verification Worksheet for Dependent or Independent Students (included with the appeal form)
  • Student’s (and spouse’s—if appropriate) IRS Tax Return Transcript or a complete signed personal copy of a 1040-A, 1040-EZ, or 1040 if the IRS Tax Return Transcript could not be obtained from the IRS 
  • Parents’ (if student is dependent) IRS Tax Return Transcript or a complete signed personal copy of a 1040-A, 1040-EZ, or 1040 if the IRS Tax Return Transcript could not be obtained from the IRS
  • Documentation of all untaxed income reported on the FAFSA
  • Documentation of all special income or expenses reported on the FAFSA

When identifying your special circumstance for appeal, please note that each special circumstance requires documentation specific to the nature of the appeal.  It is very important to submit a complete appeal to avoid delay in processing.

Budget Adjustments

Submit an appeal to alter select items of your Cost of Attendance budget.

Students may submit Appeals for Budget Adjustments(located in the Appeals section) for a limited number of categories as follows:

  • Child care costs while in class
  • Elder care costs while in class
  • Expenses related to disability that allow a student to attend class (for example, purchase of a tape recorder and tapes for a student who is physically unable to take notes in class).
  • Purchase of a computer needed for school (one as undergraduate, one as graduate)
  • Reasonable automobile repair expenses needed to school transportation
  • Change in housing from at home to off-campus housing.

These added expenses will not increase the amount of gift aid assistance available. Students whose loan eligibility increases as the result of a budget adjustment may be able to borrow additional funds by completing the Budget Adjustment Appeals Form and submit it with the required documentation.

Dependency Override

Submit an appeal to change your dependency status from Dependent to Independent.

There are select circumstances that are not considered reasons to waive parental information.Students whose circumstances are limited or similar to the reasons below should not complete a dependency override appeal.

These reasons may include or are similar to:

  • Do not reside with parents
  • Parents refuse to pay for college educations
  • Parents do not claim student as a dependent on their tax returns
  • Parents cannot afford to help with college education costs
  • Student does not want parental assistance

For more information, please review the Dependency Override Appeal form found on our Appeals section.

Your appeal will typically be reviewed within 3 - 4 weeks of receiving it. Status of your special circumstances appeal can be found on the financial aid self service section of UM-Dearborn connect. Your appeal will not be reviewed until all other requested documentation has been received. Decisions of professional judgement are final and not appealable.

Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships

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University Center (UC)
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