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Responding to Changes

Financial aid applications for the 2016-17 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 is expected to decrease by at least 15% from the prior year.

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

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 15% from the prior year.

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

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 15% from the prior year.

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

  • A SIGNED copy of the parent(s) and student’s 2015 Federal tax returns,
  • A copy of the parent(s) and student’s W-2 Forms, Schedules C, and Schedules K-1, as applicable
  • A SIGNED letter from the parent describing the situation, the amount of the one-time, non-recurring income, and confirmation that the parent does not expect to have similar income in 2016.

Medical Expenses & Other Unusual Expenses

Criteria: If a family has unreimbursed medical expenses that exceed 15% of total income; and/or incur other unusual expenses which are not discretionary in nature, and exceed 15% of total income.

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

* If your extenuating circumstances are for unreimbursed medical expenses, and your 2016 expenses have already substantially exceeded total 2015 expenses please also provide the following:

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, lost overtime or fluctuating commissions.
  • Consumer debt expenses such as credit-card or car payments.
  • Refusal of a parent to provide financial support.