The FAFSA and CSS Profile help us evaluate your and your family’s ability to pay for your education; however, there are some specific situations that may result in an inaccurate assessment of this ability.
To review these situations, we use the special circumstance appeal, which allows you and your family to document your individual financial situation. Our committee will then determine if we are able to provide additional financial aid.
If you are facing one of the situations listed below, please consider submitting a special circumstance appeal.
Please Note: For our office to review a special circumstance appeal, you need to have received a finalized financial aid award notification. If you were previously selected for verification, you need to complete that process before we can review your special circumstance appeal. We recommend waiting until you have this award before submitting an appeal.
Situations that may qualify for review
We realize that K-12 private school educational expenses can affect a family’s ability to pay for college. Expenses that we will consider include tuition, required fees, uniforms, and books.
If your family has unusually high medical and/or dental expenses (roughly 10% or more of your AGI), we may be able to help. We will only consider medical expenses paid, not just billed.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with a brief explanation of your special circumstance. We will respond to your request by providing the appropriate form and let you know what documentation is required.