Income Adjustment


Sometimes special circumstances can affect a student's financial situation, such as a change in income/employment, living arrangements or family situation. In those cases, adjustments may be made to the student's financial aid package.


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 income provided on FAFSA.

Apply for Special Circumstances Consideration

To apply, you must complete the Income Adjustment Form and provide proof of the special circumstances along with documentation of the income reduction.

Examples of documentation:

All Income Adjustment requests and the required documents must be submitted by April of each academic year. Any requests or documents received after April 1 will not be processed.

The review of requests for income adjustment will begin after June 1 or after 10 consecutive weeks of income loss, whichever is later. If additional documentation is required, email 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 processed only 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 underreported ($2,000 or more), we will re-calculate the student's eligibility. Over-awards as a result of underestimated income will be the responsibility of the student.

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

Contact Us

Financial Aid Office
Hamilton Hall
210 Glasgow Road
Edinboro, PA 16444
Phone: 814-732-3500
Fax: 814-732-2129

Hours of Operation:
Fall/Spring: Monday – Friday,
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Summer: Monday – Friday,
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.