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.
The FAFSA application uses tax data from prior years, which may not always be an accurate reflection of your current situation especially in these difficult economic times. The Department of Education allows for an institution to use professional judgment to change certain elements of the FAFSA application if adequate documentation can be provided. If you or your family has experienced a loss of employment, change in marital status, or other extraordinary circumstance since you completed the FAFSA, you may appeal to have your situation reviewed by our office. If approved, your federal need-based aid (Ford Direct subsidized loan and Pell Grant) eligibility may be recalculated based on the new information. 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. To get an estimate of how your federal aid might be impacted by changes in income before getting your initial award letter, you may use the federal FAFSA4CASTER tool.