Your Federal financial aid may not be set in stone.
The FAFSA you completed for the 2020-2021 school year was based on your 2018 income. Because that FAFSA determines your eligibility for federal financial aid, updating the FAFSA to reflect your family’s current circumstance could qualify you for more advantageous financial aid. While not every circumstance can be accounted for, some can be.
An example of a special circumstance would be lower income in 2019 or 2020. It could also be high medical expenses in 2019, siblings in private school (K-12), or a change in parent’s marital status.
The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on almost everyone. Where it hurts most for many families is a loss of income. Even if you have been fortunate to be financially unshaken by recent events, perhaps there is some other reason why your current financial aid offer does not truly reflect your family’s situation.
We are here, and happy to help you change that.
Updating the FAFSA can only be done by a member of the financial aid office at a student’s request. To start this process, download the Special Circumstance Application from our website, which contains a list of common reasons for wanting to update your FAFSA. Attach all supporting documents, sign the application (no electronic signatures, please), and send it back to us. Your application will either be approved or denied based on whether or not any adjustments can be made. We may not be able to make adjustments for each circumstance, but we will do our best to make every consideration.
This process will only affect your federal aid (Pell Grant and Federal student loans). As much as we wish we could, we are not able to award institutional scholarships based on a change of circumstances.
We review applications until mid-Spring. After submitting your special circumstance request, check your student email account often. If our staff have questions about your application, we will always email you. That is also how you will be informed if your application was approved or denied.
If you aren’t sure whether or not your situation warrants a FAFSA adjustment, schedule a meeting with one of our team members to discuss your options.
The Office of Student Financial Aid