You are assumed to be full-time (12 credits undergraduate/9 credits graduate) unless you tell us otherwise. If your enrollment does not match, your financial aid does not disburse until after our Census Date. To help avoid any delays, let us know your enrollment plans PRIOR to the start of the term by submitting an Enrollment Revision form. Most types of aid require at least halftime enrollment (6 credits undergraduate/5 credits graduate).
In certain instances, your cost of attendance may be adjusted to include other allowable costs incurred to meet your educational needs. Requests are reviewed on a case-by-case basis to determine approval. Documentation of the additional expense must be included for consideration. If approved, additional expenses are usually funded with "self-help" assistance in the form of loans. Adjustments are not made for consumer debts, car payments, or private school tuition.
Adjustments may include, but are not limited to:
It is important to note that in most cases these adjustments will only allow for additional eligibility for private loans or in the case of dependent students, additional Parent PLUS eligibility. Submit a Cost of Attendance revision request with the required documentation for review.
If you have experienced a loss of employment, change in marital status, or other major financial change, you may appeal to have your situation reviewed. After you have filed the FAFSA and received your initial aid offer, you may contact the Office of Financial Aid to find out if the Special Conditions Appeal process might be beneficial. If approved, your federal need-based aid (subsidized loan and Pell Grant) eligibility may be recalculated.
You may use the FAFSA4CASTER to get an early estimate of how your aid eligibility might change.