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Changes in Finances

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If you or your family have experienced a significant change in financial circumstances since completing the FAFSA, you still have options.

Special Conditions

If you have experienced an unexpected financial hardship since submitting your financial aid application (FAFSA), it might benefit you to submit a special conditions request.

You can request that your financial aid eligibility be reevaluated if your financial situation changes for reasons such as the following:

  • Income reported on the FAFSA that you will not receive for reasons such as layoff, termination, or decline in self-employment income
  • Loss of child support, Social Security, or disability benefits
  • Separation, divorce, or death of a spouse or parent after submitting the FAFSA
  • Parent attending college at least half-time
  • Excessive medical expenses

Approval is case-by-case. Here are some examples when a special conditions request might be denied:

  • For graduate students (federal financial aid eligibility for graduate students is for unsubsidized loans only)
  • When a significant reduction in income results in the same federal financial aid eligibility
  • Temporary reductions in income

Request a Review for 2018-2019

The 2018-2019 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is available on October 1, 2017, and your federal financial aid eligibility is based on your income from the 2016 tax year. Here are some examples of typical requests we receive and when our review process is available.

Loss of Benefits, Divorce or Death

Complete our Special Conditions 2018-19 form to explain any loss of child support, Social Security or disability benefits since submitting your FAFSA. This form is also for a change in income due to divorce or death of a spouse or parent whose income was reported on the FAFSA.

Excessive Medical Expenses

Please schedule a meeting with a counselor if your family has experienced excessive medical expenses that have been paid.

Change in Income – Use 2017 Taxes

Complete our Special Conditions – Actual 2017 Income Review form if your 2017 taxes are an accurate reflection of your ability to contribute to educational expenses for the 2018-2019 academic year. After you file 2017 taxes, request a Tax Return Transcript (TRT) from the IRS for all individuals on the FAFSA. Submit your TRT and 2017 W-2s along with the form and a letter explaining your unique circumstances.

Change in Income – Estimate Income

Our Special Conditions – Estimated Income Review 2018-19 form will be available in October 2018. (If you have self-employment income, you are ineligible for an estimated income review.)

If you have experienced an unexpected reduction in your income since filing your 2017 taxes, the earliest we can review your financial aid eligibility is in October 2018. If your request is approved, we can estimate your family’s income for the 2018-2019 academic year (June 2018 through May 2019).

If the review results in additional financial aid eligibility, we can adjust your fall semester aid even after the semester has begun. Submit your request before November 15 if fall will be your final semester at Boise State.

Self-Employed Change in Income

Our Special Conditions – Actual 2018 Income Review for 2018-19 form will be available in February 2019. Use this form if you experienced a reduction in self-employment income since 2017. After you file 2018 taxes, request a Tax Return Transcript (TRT) from the IRS for all individuals on the FAFSA. Submit your TRT and 2018 W-2s along with the form and a letter explaining your unique circumstances. The deadline to submit this request is April 1, 2019.