Although the formula used to determine eligibility for federal student aid is basically the same for all applicants, there is some flexibility.
In some cases, Financial Aid might adjust your cost of attendance or the information used to calculate your EFC to take into account any special circumstances you might have. These circumstances could include a family's unusual medical expenses or tuition expenses. Also, an adjustment might be made if you, your spouse, or either parent (if applicable) has been recently unemployed. If conditions such as these apply to you or your family, contact Financial Aid.
Also, check with Financial Aid if you think you have any other “special circumstances” that might affect your dependency status or the amount you and your family are expected to contribute. But, there have to be very good reasons for Financial Aid to make any adjustments, and you will have to provide adequate proof to support those adjustments.
NOTE: The decision given by Financial Aid is final and cannot be appealed to the U.S. Department of Education.
Increased Title IV Aid for Military Dependents
Beginning 2009‐2010, students whose parent or guardian died as a result of U.S. military service in Iraq or Afghanistan after September 11, 2001, may receive increased amounts of Title IV student financial assistance. Pell‐eligible students will receive all Title IV aid based on EFC (Expected Family Contribution) of zero without regard to students’ calculated EFC on SAR/ISIR.