Change in Circumstances

The Office of Financial Aid is committed to a thorough and personal review of each student's family circumstances as the basis of determining a student's financial aid eligibility. We also recognize that family circumstances can change unexpectedly, affecting ability to contribute toward educational expenses. 

Your financial aid is based upon income from two years prior to the start of the academic year. If your family's circumstances change after receiving your Financial Aid Offer, you may request a second review of your financial aid by completing the Change in Circumstances Form.

Examples of Change in Circumstances that may be considered

  • Significant loss of income due to termination or change in employment
    • Loss of income due to termination or change of employment, the earliest we will consider a change in circumstances will be 12 weeks from the date of termination
  • One-time/non-recurring income
  • Unreimbursed medical expenses
  • Extended family support
  • Parent educational debt

Examples not considered Change in Circumstances

  • Matching financial aid eligibility from other universities or colleges
  • Student or parent(s) who does not wish to borrow to cover educational expenses
  • Parent(s) refusal to contribute to educational expenses
  • Parent(s) payment of student loans for older sibling
  • Expenses such as credit card debt, wedding expenses, sports, enrichment activities, home improvement projects, etc.

Additional financial assistance from federal and institutional resources is determined on a case-by-case basis and may be in the form of a loan, employment, or scholarship. Submission of this form does not guarantee an adjustment or increase to your financial assistance.

It is our expectation that families will use all financial assistance offered, including federal and institutional loans, before requesting a reevaluation for additional aid. Families should plan to use all resources available to them, including current salary, savings, investments, payment plans, and student/parent loans, if necessary.

Required Documentation & Review

  • Complete the Change in Circumstances Form
  • Submit required supporting information/documentation listed on the Change in Circumstances Form
  • Upload using our secure document upload portal

If you are sending documents to us with Personally Identifiable Information (i.e., social security number, driver’s license or state ID number, Alien Registration Number, date of birth), please redact/black out that information or encrypt the message that you are sending.

2024-25 Change in Circumstances Form

Our Change in Circumstances review process

  • New students will begin in mid-April
  • Continuing students will begin in mid-July
  • Requests will be reviewed in the order they were received
  • Notification regarding the outcome of the review will be sent to the student's email