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Do I Qualify?
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You may qualify if y
ou and/or your family's 2013 income will be reduced significantly ($2,000 or more) compared to your/their 2012 income.  You also must have submitted a FAFSA. please complete the Special Circumstances Form and your Federal Financial Aid may be re-evaluated using the reduced income information. 

How Do I Apply?

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To apply you must complete the Special Circumstances Form and provide proof of the special circumstances along with documentation of the income reduction.

Examples of Documentation

  • a letter of dismissal from your employer
  • a final paystub, a separation/divorce degree
  • a letter stating your unemployment compensation benefits
  • a copy of the death certificate of the parent who passed away
  • documentation of the loss of untaxed income such as child support

When Can I Apply?

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The review of requests for special circumstances will begin after June 1, or after ten consecutive weeks of loss of employment, whichever is later. Email notification will be sent to the address listed on your FAFSA if additional documentation is required to be submitted.  Additional verification of income may be requested as the calendar year ends.

All Special Circumstance requests and the required documents must be submitted by April 1, 2014.  Any requests or documents received after April 1, 2014 will not be processed. 

Special Circumstance requests are award year specific and are only processed once every two (2) academic years.  Please allow two (2) weeks for processing after all required documents have been received.

If it is determined that the estimated income is significantly under reported ($2,000 or more), we will re-calculate the student's eligibility. Over awards as a result of under estimated income will be the responsibility of the student.

If you are an undergraduate student , Pennsylvania resident and would like to file for special circumstances for your PHEAA state grant, please go to for the appropriate form or call PHEAA at 1-800-692-7392.

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