At UAlbany, we recognize that there are many circumstances that impact a student’s financial situation and that the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) may not always capture extenuating financial situations or changes that happen after the FAFSA is completed.
Appeal for Special Circumstances
If you or your parents have experienced a significant and prolonged decline in family income, you may request a reevaluation of your financial aid eligibility.
The Special Circumstance process is used to address financial hardships that happened after you filed your FAFSA. However, please know reviews do not always result in additional financial aid eligibility.
The U.S. Department of Education provides strict regulatory guidance under which Special Circumstances are to be reviewed. Special Circumstances that will be considered include:
Loss of employment
Loss of another form of income (such as child support or Social Security benefits)
Separation or divorce
Death of a parent or spouse
High medical and/or dental expenses that were not reimbursed
One-time payment received
Costs associated with lifestyle choices or consumer indebtedness (house payments, car expenses, living without roommates, credit card debt, etc.) are not considered Special Circumstances.
Additionally, bankruptcy cannot be covered with need-based financial aid and cannot be used to review eligibility for financial aid.
Request a Dependency Override Review
Dependent students without parental support may request a dependency override review to determine if parental information can be excluded from the FAFSA.