The federal government limits what criteria can be reviewed as special circumstances. As a result, Purchase College will not consider or make adjustments for any of the following:

  • Parents will not help pay for college
  • Car payments or car insurance
  • Consumer debt (credit cards)
  • Mortgages and rent
  • Tuition paid for private elementary or secondary tuition
  • Unusual expenses related to personal living (such as wedding expenses, loan payments, or legal expenses)
  • Medical insurance premiums
  • One year bonus incomes (such as lottery winnings or gambling winnings)
  • Reduction in overtime pay
  • Chapter 7 bankruptcy or reductions in income from bankruptcy proceedings
  • Home equity, IRA, 403B, and 401K loans

If your reason for special circumstances is not listed above, please complete the special circumstances form here: 2013-14 Special Circumstances Form


PLEASE NOTE: For special circumstances, our office cannot accept financial information for the 2012 tax year that has been transferred into the 2013-14 FAFSA via the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, as it does not contain all the information necessary to review the appeal.

You must request a 2012 Tax Return Transcript from the IRS, which is free of charge, by doing one of the following: