We recognize you may have a change in circumstances or special expenses that may affect your ability to afford to go to school. So please contact our office to discuss your situation. Our ability to modify your award depends on the funds available when your request is reviewed. If you complete a revision request (see below), you will receive an email from our office indicating the outcome of your request.
Change in kind of aid
We assume everyone wants as much grant and scholarship money as possible. Your award reflects your "fair share" of the limited gift aid we have available. Within limits, however, you may be able to trade between loan and work. Students awarded a Federal Perkins Loan may be eligible for Work Study, and vice versa. Students offered Federal Direct Stafford/Ford Loans may not have priority for Work Study (based on relative need), but may replace the recommended loan amount with income from a non-Work Study job. You may request a change in the box provided in the online award letter, or write us a note.
We may be able to increase your "budget" for additional childcare, health care, transportation, book and supply costs or purchasing a computer. If funds are available, we will increase your award to help cover them. Our response depends on whether: 1) the expenses are educationally related and beyond your control; 2) they are greater than the amount already in your budget for such costs; 3) you will incur them during the award year (October-June); and 4) they are adequately documented in your Revision Request. Usually additional expenses are funded with "self-help" aid (loan or work; usually, Federal Direct Stafford/Ford Loan). Submit your Revision Request for Additional Expenses and/or documentation of costs as soon as you know about your extra costs.
If your parents are not able to make the contribution calculated for them, they may provide us with more comprehensive information about their situation and ask for a recalculation on the Revision Request for Change in Financial Situation. Since financial aid is based on the assumption that parents will contribute their share to a dependent student's education, they will need to show how circumstances beyond their control prevent them from making the calculated contribution. Parents may also finance all or part of the expected contribution through the Federal Direct PLUS Loan program.
If you are not able to make the expected contribution or if you no longer have the earnings, benefits, or other support you reported, explain on the Revision Request for Change in Financial Situations. We will reassess your eligibility for financial aid based on your new financial situation.
Exclusion of Stepparent Contribution Dependent students must provide parental information to be considered for financial aid. Stepparent information is required for the FAFSA. If you believe that a contribution should not be computed from your stepparent and you can demonstrate that you and your stepparent have not been part of the same family unit, you may contact our office to discuss requesting an adjustment.
Marital Update for Dependent Student If you originally filed your FAFSA with parent data but have since then become married, please contact our office to determine if it is appropriate to use your spouse's information in determining your eligibility for financial aid rather than your parent's information.