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Special Circumstances

Special Circumstance Application

A special circumstance is when the information provided on the FAFSA form is not reflective of the family’s financial situation. A financial aid administrator may then adjust a student’s FAFSA data to more accurately reflect the family’s situation. This may or may not result in an increase in gift aid available to you.

Special Circumstance requests are considered each spring through summer prior to the start of the upcoming academic year.  In order for your Special Circumstance to be reviewed you must submit the application as well as all additional requested information.   If you feel you have circumstances that warrant special attention by our office, please let us know by sending an email, describing your situation, to


Additional Stafford Unsubsidized Loan

Parents of dependent students should apply for a Parent PLUS Loan.

  • If the loan is denied, students will be eligible to receive an additional Stafford Unsubsidized Loan.
  • If a parent is approved but unable to borrow the loan due to an economic hardship, the student may qualify for an additional Stafford Unsubsidized loan.  The student should e-mail to let a counselor know that the family does not intend to take out the Parent PLUS Loan.  The student and parent will be e-mailed a Special Circumstance Form.