If you feel you have one of the following special circumstances, you may request one of the following appeals to be reviewed by proffesional judgement in the Financial Aid Office.


Dependency Appeal

In situations as listed below, you may be able to submit your FAFSA® form without parent information despite being considered a dependent student:

What if I’m unable to provide parent information due to special circumstances?

  • You have left home due to an abusive family environment.
  • You do not know where your parents are and are unable to contact them (and you have not been adopted).
  • You initially submitted your FAFSA® as single, but now you are married
  • You are older than 21 but not yet 24, are unaccompanied, and are either homeless or self-supporting and at risk of being homeless.
  • Your parents are incarcerated.

Not all situations are considered special circumstances. The following are situations that would NOT be considered a special circumstance:

  • Your parents do not want to provide their information on your FAFSA®; or
  • Your parents refuse to contribute to your college expenses; or
  • Your parents do not claim you as a dependent on their income taxes; or
  • You do not live with your parents; or
  • You demonstrate total self-sufficiency.

Family Contribution Appeal

Request an adjustment to the Expected Family Contribution (EFC), which resulted from your FAFSA®.

  • Financial changes between the base year and current year
  • Recent unemployment of student or a family member
  • Unusually high medical or educational expenses
  • One time disbursement of a 401K or investment funds
  • A divorce or separation has occurred after your FAFSA® was submitted
  • Other

Cost of Attendance Appeal

Request an adjustment to increase your Cost of Attendance (COA) budget due to exceptional costs.

  • Medical, prescription, or dental expenses paid during the current academic year
  • Elementary and Secondary private school tuition for a dependent child
  • Unusually high dependent care expenses
  • Unusually high childcare expenses
  • Transportation expenses that exceed those allowed in the budget
  • Purchase of a personal computer required for educational purposes