Special Circumstances

In some cases, a student’s financial aid can be re-evaluated when a family’s financial circumstances have changed after the applications for financial aid have been filed. Students and/or their parents should contact the Office of Financial Aid to discuss the situation.

Legitimate circumstances are situations beyond a family’s control or choice, which adversely affected their ability to contribute to the student’s education. For example:

  • Loss of employment by a parent
  • Loss of untaxed income or benefit (Social Security, child support)
  • Divorce or separation of parents
  • Death of a parent

An appeal form, provided by the Office of Financial Aid, must be completed and submitted with supporting documents. Appeals are decided by a Financial Aid Committee, and their decision is final. 

If an appeal is approved, a student’s financial aid will be reviewed again to determine eligibility for need-based financial aid funds.

It is expected that all financial aid funds, including student loans, will be accepted, otherwise a student's financial aid package may revert back to its original status prior to the appeal.