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Special Circumstances 

This form should be used to explain changes in your family situation, or to explain special situations that are not captured in the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form that you have previously submitted for this year. Sec. 479A of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, authorizes the Director of Financial Aid to use professional judgment, on a case-by-case basis for students with “special circumstances” that affect a family’s ability to pay for a college education.

Examples of special circumstances include: a reduction in income or benefits, unusually high medical and dental expenses paid out of pocket, dislocated worker status, or unusual circumstances not covered in the FAFSA.

Examples of ineligible circumstances include: car payments, credit card debt, medical insurance premiums, mortgages, or rent, Chapter 7 personal bankruptcy, home equity loans, parents not helping with college costs. We cannot make adjustments for these circumstances.

The Director of Financial Aid is expected and required to make reasonable decisions that support the intent of the provision. The school is held accountable for all professional judgment decisions made and for fully documenting each decision. The decision of the Director of Financial Aid is final; there is no appeal process to the U.S. Department of Education.


After the review of the professional judgment (up to 15 business days):
  • Any corrections determined will be submitted to the federal processor,
  • A new Student Aid Report will be processed, and
  • A revised award letter will be sent to the student.

Form:  Professional Judgment Form
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