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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, schedule an appointment to talk with a financial aid counselor. It might benefit you to submit a special conditions request.

Special circumstances that may be considered

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

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

Special circumstances that cannot be considered

Special conditions requests are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Here are some examples of 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

How to request a special conditions review


To request a special conditions review call (208) 426-1664 to schedule an appointment with a financial aid counselor.