Financial Aid Office
You may qualify for special circumstances if you and/or your family’s current year income will be reduced significantly ($2,000 or more) compared to your/their previous year’s income.
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:
All Special Circumstance requests and the required documents must be submitted by April 1, 2017. Any requests or documents received after April 1, 2017 will not be processed.
The review of requests for special circumstances will begin after June 1 or after ten consecutive weeks of income loss, whichever is later. If additional documentation is required, mail notification will be sent to the address listed on your FAFSA. Additional verification of income may be requested as the calendar year ends.
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 and Pennsylvania resident and would like to file for special circumstances for your PHEAA state grant, please go to www.pheaa.org for the appropriate form or call PHEAA at (800) 692-7392.