Special Circumstance Appeal

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:

  • Loss or change of employment
  • Loss or change in amount of child support, Social Security, or other benefits
  • Divorce or separation of parents
  • Death of parent(s)
  • Unusual medical expenses (not covered by insurance)
  • One-time taxable income used for life changing events (e.g. IRA, pension distribution, back-year Social Security payments)
  • Unusual or unexpected expenses (Private School Tuition, Parent Attending College and paying out of pocket)

Situations that do NOT merit appeal include, but are not limited to:

  • Standard living expenses (e.g. utilities, credit card payments, children’s allowances, etc.)
  • Mortgage payments
  • Car payments
  • Credit card or other personal debts
  • Vacation expenses
  • All other discretionary expenses

How to Submit Your Appeal: 

If you have any questions about your personal situation, you may contact Student Financial Services by calling (254) 710-2611 to discuss your situation. Otherwise, you may submit your Special Circumstances Appeal form here. Once all requested documentation has been received, your appeal will be reviewed by the Appeal Committee and you will be contacted after their review concludes.

Please note: Changes that occur in the 2021 tax year will not be reviewed until the 2021 taxes are available and a tax return transcript along with all 2021 W-2s and/or 1099s can be provided for student and parent (or student’s spouse).