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Responding to Changes

Financial aid applications for the 2017-18 year require you to report 2015 income information. If your financial circumstances have changed, this information may no longer reflect your current resources or ability to pay for college expenses.

In cases where this change is both involuntary in nature and substantial in impact, we may be able to consider more current information to determine eligibility.

Extenuating Circumstances We May Consider                               

Click your scenario from the list below for detailed information about requesting a review of your special circumstances. Documentation can be mailed, faxed, or e-mailed to our office.

Involuntary Job Loss

Criteria: A parent was employed in 2015 and is involuntarily no longer employed in 2016; and the total annual income for 2016 decreased by at least 25% from the prior year.

You may submit the following information to have your extenuating circumstances considered:

  • 2015 federal tax documents:
    • Both parent(s) and student must verify 2015 income tax information as follows: 
      • Tax filers must update the FAFSA using the Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) or request and submit a copy of their 2015 Tax Return Transcript obtained directly from the IRS.
      • Non-tax filers must request and submit a Proof of Non-filing letter obtained directly from the IRS.
  • A SIGNED copy of both parent(s) and student’s 2016 Federal tax return which you submitted to the IRS, as applicable.
  • Copies of both parent(s) and student’s 2016 W-2 Forms, Schedule C, and/or K-1 Statements.
  • A SIGNED letter from the parent describing the situation including specific dates.
  • Third-party documentation of unemployment such as a letter from the former employer or state unemployment office.

Loss of Benefit or Income

Criteria: A parent who received non-wage income payments in 2015 (e.g., alimony, child support, or Social Security) will no longer receive the income; and the total annual income for 2016 is expected to decrease by at least 25% from the prior year.

You may submit the following information to have your extenuating circumstances considered:

  • 2015 federal tax documents:
    • Both parent(s) and student must verify 2015 income tax information as follows: 
      • Tax filers must update the FAFSA using the Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) or request and submit a copy of their 2015 Tax Return Transcript obtained directly from the IRS.
      • Non-tax filers must request and submit a Proof of Non-filing letter obtained directly from the IRS.
  • A SIGNED copy of both parent(s) and student’s 2016 Federal tax return which you submitted to the IRS, as applicable.
  • Copies of both parent(s) and student’s 2016 W-2 Forms, Schedule C, and/or K-1 Statements.
  • A SIGNED letter from the parent describing the loss of income or benefit.

One-time, Non-recurring Income Distributions

Criteria: A parent who received a one-time, non-recurring income such as capital gains, IRA/Pension distribution, or settlement in 2015, and will not receive the income again; and the total annual income for 2016 is expected to decrease by at least 25% from the prior year.

You may submit the following information to have your extenuating circumstances considered:

  • 2015 federal tax documents:
    • Both parent(s) and student must verify 2015 income tax information as follows: 
      • Tax filers must update the FAFSA using the Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) or request and submit a copy of their 2015 Tax Return Transcript obtained directly from the IRS.
      • Non-tax filers must request and submit a Proof of Non-filing letter obtained directly from the IRS.
  • A SIGNED copy of both parent(s) and student’s 2016 Federal tax return which you submitted to the IRS, as applicable.
  • Copies of both parent(s) and student’s 2016 W-2 Forms, Schedule C, and/or K-1 Statements.
  • A SIGNED copy of the parent(s) 2015 Federal tax return showing the one-time income.
  • A SIGNED letter from the parent describing the situation, the amount of the one-time, non-recurring income, and confirmation that the parent did not have similar income in 2016.

What We Cannot Consider

  • Private elementary or secondary school tuition unless required because of disabilities or medical condition.
  • Potential reductions in income due to voluntary retirement, financial support to people outside of your household, lost overtime or fluctuating commissions/bonus.
  • Consumer debt expenses such as credit-cards or car payments.
  • Refusal of a parent to provide financial support.