Professional Judgment - Special Circumstances

If your family situation has been altered significantly from the information you were required to provide on the FAFSA, your previous income information may no longer be an accurate indicator of your family’s ability to contribute to your educational costs. In some instances, Student Administrative Services may be able to make a Professional Judgment and use projected or actual income rather than the previous income information provided on the FAFSA. 

Examples of Extenuating Circumstances that may warrant Professional Judgment consideration:

  • Loss of employment
  • Loss or significant change in income
  • Change in marital status after filing a FAFSA
  • Death of a parent or student’s spouse after filing a FAFSA
  • Unusually high medical expenses (not covered by insurance, exceeding 11% of adjusted gross income)
  •  One-time income
  • Tuition payments made for younger siblings attending private elementary and/or high schools.
  • Other extenuating circumstances (consumer debt such as auto loans, credit cards, etc. cannot be considered)

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