Circumstances that will NOT be considered:

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 other household members in college
  • Unusual expenses related to personal living (such as wedding expenses, loan payments, home repairs, or legal expenses)
  • Medical insurance premiums (excluding Schedule A if included in your Federal Tax Return)
  • Individual medical/dental bills or statements
  • One year bonus incomes (such as lottery winnings or gambling winnings)
  • Reduction in overtime pay
  • All 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 along with all required documents based on the appropriate academic year. We will not review your Special Circumstances Appeal until ALL of the below required documents have been submitted.