The formula that is used to calculate financial aid eligibility is basically the same for all students who file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), but there is some limited flexibility for adjustments due to special situations. These could include factoring in the impact of a family’s unusually high medical expenses, tuition expenses, unemployment, or a reduction in a family’s income. The financial aid administrator must have good reasons to use professional judgment to make adjustments because of special circumstances. If you need to discuss such situations with us, please complete the appropriate Special Circumstances Form. Submit the form, along with all appropriate documentation, to our office for consideration. We will try to help you as much as we are allowed.
Most unmarried undergraduate students under the age of 24 are considered dependent for financial aid purposes. If you feel you should be considered independent after answering “no” to all questions regarding your dependency status in the FAFSA, you may request a review of your circumstances. We review circumstances affecting the award year only. We must have a complete FAFSA on file before we can re-evaluate your financial aid package. Please return the appropriate Dependency Override Form, with all required documentation attached, to the Financial Aid office. No review can be completed until all documentation is received. If you do not provide the requested information, your request for an exception will be denied. Feel free to attach a statement to explain your individual situation in more detail.