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Special Circumstances

Because Everyone's Situation is Unique

There are few students and parents who sail through the financial aid process without some level of difficulty.  Every family's financial background is individual down to the smallest detail.  The aid applications and formulas, developed and refined over the years, account for most situations that families may feel are distinct to them.  Yet some families may still find themselves in situations with dynamics that do not fit neatly and easily within these carefully defined steps of the process. 

We encourage families who feel that their particular situation warrants reconsideration to contact us immediately.  With proper documentation, we will do all that we can to step in and help where it is appropriate.  It is important to know that this aspect of our process occurs all year round, should circumstances arise unexpectedly. 

If a situation involving your family's ability to make ends meet arises, and it can be defined as being beyond a family's control, not the result of choice, it likely warrants your contacting the Office of Financial Aid to begin an important discussion.