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Special Circumstances for Professional Judgment


If you think some aspect of your financial situation was overlooked that would affect an evaluation of your need, you are entitled to an appeal. Professional Judgment forms are available online on the Documents and Forms Page, click here. Complete and submit all appeal documentation to the Office of Student Financial Aid. We will make every effort to reply to your appeal within 20 business days. Replies may take longer during peak processing times.

Appealing your Expected Family Contribution

The Office for Student Financial Aid recognizes that many families experience significant changes in income or family situations that are not reflected in the base-year income used to determine the student's expected family contribution.

Because of this, a review process is available. Students who can document extenuating financial or personal circumstances can submit a Professional Judgment Form to appeal their financial aid decision. Extenuating circumstances may include, but are not limited to, situations such as:

  • Divorce of parents or student
  • Death of a major wage earner
  • Involuntary loss of income by a major wage earner
  • Loss of other income or benefits (such as Social Security benefits or child support) by the student, parents, or student spouse

If you have extenuating circumstances that you believe warrant a reevaluation of your financial aid, you should contact your financial aid counselor to discuss your unique situation. You/your parents will be asked to complete a Professional Judgment Form and to provide a complete written explanation detailing your/your parents' extenuating circumstances. You will also need to provide documentation that you feel supports your appeal. Once your form has been received, a professional judgment committee will review it, and you will be notified of the results.

All actions resulting from the petition process are contingent upon availability of funds, as well as any processing deadlines that are in effect at the time of the petition approval.

To get the form online go to the Documents and Forms, click here.

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