Professional Judgement Policy and Procedure

A student may be eligible to apply for a Special Circumstance if a student or family member experiences one or more of the following situations:

  • Loss of income due to unemployment
  • Disability
  • Natural disaster
  • Loss or reduction of untaxed income
  • Separation or divorce
  • Death of a parent or spouse
  • Sibling private school tuition paid
  • One-time lump sum payment

A change of circumstance may change a student’s financial aid eligibility. The granting of Special Circumstance is based solely on the professional judgement of the Financial Aid office. The Financial Aid office reserves the right to approve or reject any application for Special Circumstance. Financial Aid Administrators may change items that make up the federal need analysis calculations to justify circumstances that have not been sufficiently considered in the original FAFSA.

All required documents needed to evaluate each special circumstance situation is listed on the Special Circumstance Appeal form, which can be found online or received from the Financial Aid Office. All forms and documents should be directed to the Director of Financial Aid.