2021-2022 Special Circumstances/Appeal Process
During the course of the year, a family may experience circumstances such as unemployment, death, separation and/or divorce, unusual medical expenses not covered by insurance, etc., that may have a significant impact on their ability to finance college costs. Often - this information was not able to be reported on the initial 2021-22 FAFSA application.
These cases are often grounds for a review/revisit of the financial aid applicant's aid eligibility. The procedure for filing an appeal due to severe income and/or other changes within a family is as follows:
- The initial 2021-22 FAFSA/Renewal FAFSA using prior-prior 2019 calendar year income has been filed by the family and the resulting Student Aid Report (SAR) has been received by the student.
- Projected 2021 calendar year family income has been reduced due to unemployment, death, separation, divorce, etc.
- Complete and submit the Special Circumstances application via the link below to the Financial Aid Office and any additional documentation that supports your appeal claim.
- The appeal is evaluated by the Financial Aid Office and aid eligibility is recalculated if possible.
- A response regarding the appeal determination is sent to the student.