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Appeal for Special Circumstances

At the University at Albany, we recognize that there are many circumstances that impact a student or family's financial situation. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) may not always capture extenuating financial situations or changes you experience after the FAFSA is completed. 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.

Special Circumstances that will be considered include the following:

  • Loss of employment
  • Other loss of income (e.g. child support, Social Security benefits etc.)
  • Separation or divorce
  • Death of a parent or spouse
  • High unreimbursed medical and/or dental expenses
  • One-time payment received

How to Request a Special Circumstance Appeal

If you and/or your family find yourself in this situation and need to request a financial aid reevaluation, please contact the Student Financial Center either by phone, email or in-person and a Financial Aid Advisor will assist you.

Families selected for federal verification (at any point in time during the academic year) are strongly encouraged to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (IRS DRT) to expedite completion of verification and the Special Circumstance review.