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
  • 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


2021-2022 appeal documents:

  1. 2021-2022 Special Circumstances Form (PDF) with proof of the special circumstance
  2. 2021-2022 Standard Dependent (PDF) or Independent (PDF) Verification Worksheet
  3. 2019 Signed copy of Federal Tax Return (or Tax Return Transcript)*
  4. 2020 Signed copy of Federal Tax Return (or Tax Return Transcript)*
  5. 2019 W-2 Form(s)
  6. 2020 W-2 Form(s)

*Note: For special circumstances, our office cannot accept financial information for the tax year that has been transferred into the FAFSA via the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, as it does not contain all the information necessary to review the appeal. We will need a copy of your Tax Return or Tax Return Transcript as indicated on the Special Circumstances Form.