The information reported on your FAFSA is reviewed to determine your aid eligibility. Our staff may be able to adjust the information used to calculate your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) to take into account special circumstances you or your family may have. There must be compelling reasons for this step to be taken and adequate supporting documentation is required. Special circumstances could include:
If any of these circumstances apply to you please contact The Solution Center.
Please note: Costs such as vacation expenses, tithing, and standard living expenses, such as utilities, credit card payments, children’s allowances are not considered special conditions.
A cost of attendance is developed for each student. These amounts take into account tuition and fees (e.g., instate, out of state, graduate, undergraduate, part time, full time), room and board, books and supplies, transportation, and personal expenses.
If you have additional expenses, we may be able to increase your cost of attendance to reflect those costs. The expenses must be educationally related and required for you to complete your program and adequate supporting documentation is required. Examples of such expenses may include:
To review your budget and for assistance determining whether this may be an option for you, please contact The Solution Center.
Eligibility for most types of financial aid is based on the idea that students and their parents are primarily responsible for paying for education. If the directions on your financial aid application instruct you to provide parents’ information, then for financial aid purposes, you are dependent on your parents.
In very unusual cases, the we may be able to assist a student who would be dependent, but does not or cannot have contact with the parents.The following are examples of such situations:
If you have one of these situations, you may request an independent override. Requests are submitted each academic year and include a request form along with at least two forms of supporting documentation. Examples of documentation are written, notarized, signed and dated letters on official letterhead from a third party professional, such as teachers, counselors, minister, psychologist, social worker, law enforcement, doctors. If the statements are NOT on business letterhead, the author’s business card must be attached.
Examples of situations that do NOT qualify for dependency override include: