If your families income is now lower than what was reported on the FAFSA adjustments to your FAFSA may be possible.
Completing a Special Circumstance form does not guarantee that there will be changes to your financial aid package. If the household’s current or projected income remains above $100,000 it is unlikely that an appeal will change the financial aid package.
Special circumstances only applies to federal aid. It cannot be used to change eligibility for state aid programs such as TAP, SUNY Tuition Credit, Excelsior, etc.
If your current EFC Is Zero, you are not eligible for Special Circumstances as adjustments to your FAFSA, as you are currently receiving the maximum possible eligibility for federal need based aid already.
Submission of a Special Circumstance Appeal does not exempt your account from the payment due dates, late fees, and hold(s) on your account.
If you currently receive Excelsior Scholarship funding and qualify for Federal Pell grant funding as a result of your Special Circumstance Appeal your Excelsior Scholarship will be reduced by the amount of Pell grant funding you receive. This is due to the fact that the Excelsior Scholarship only covers the balance of tuition after all free grant funding is applied.