A financial aid professional may exercise professional judgment and change elements in the federal need analysis to account for circumstances that he/she feels have not been adequately considered in the original FAFSA. In addition, a financial aid professional may increase the “Cost of Attendance” to account for extraordinary expenses a student might acquire while attending the University.
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Conditions that may merit the use of Professional Judgment:
Cost of Attendance Increase Requests
- Computer Purchase: include the price of your computer in your “Cost of Attendance”.
- Extraordinary Educational Expense: an expense beyond those allowed in the student expense budget.
- Dependent Child Care: childcare cost for children of independent students.
- Rent and Utilities: expenses related to rent and utilities beyond those allowed in the student expense budget.
- Travel Expenses: travel expenses beyond those allowed in the student budget.
- Wintersession Expense: additional expenses for attending Wintersession term
Unusual Circumstance Dependency Appeals
- Dependency Override: change your status from “dependent” to “independent.
- Emancipated Minor: provide required proof that you are/were an emancipated minor.
- Homeless/Risk of Being Homeless: provide required proof of your homeless/risk of being homeless status.
- Legal Guardianship: provide required proof that you are/were in legal guardianship.
- Orphan / Ward of the Court / Foster Care: provide required proof that you were an orphan, ward of the court, or in foster care any time since you turned 13.
- Proof of Legal Dependents: provide proof of support for your dependent(s), other than a spouse.
Special Circumstance EFC Appeal
- Adjustment to your Expected Family Contribution (EFC): appeal due to loss of income or benefits, extraordinary medical or dental expenses, elementary or secondary school tuition for siblings, etc.
- Parent Attending College: appeal to include on FAFSA the parent is attending college at least half-time.
- Unsubsidized Direct Loan Request : appeal for Dependent Student without Parental Data on FAFSA.