Request for a Special Circumstance Review (2014-15 Academic Year)

Federal laws governing financial aid allow the Office of Financial Aid to recalculate financial need in cases of special circumstances not taken into consideration by the Free Application of Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Families may submit additional information to the Financial Aid Office when there has been a change in circumstance that the information you are required to provide on the FAFSA may not capture or accurately reflect the current situation.

To ensure compliance with the federal regulations, there are limits to which additional financial information qualifies for consideration. Special Circumstances are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Common special circumstances include, but are not limited to, documented cases of:

  • changes in income
  • high/medical/dental bills not covered by insurance
  • divorce, separation or death of a parent.

The Office of Financial Aid is not able to consider circumstances such as high mortgage, car payments or consumer debt.

If, after reviewing the Special Circumstance Review Request forms, you feel your family's financial situation qualifies for a review, you may download the Special Circumstance Review packet via the link below. The packet includes:

  • 2014-15 Special Circumstance Review Request Form
  • 2014-15 Projected Income Worksheet
  • 2014-15 Verification Worksheet

The forms above outline the required supporting documentation that must be submitted at the same time. Please do not submit partial information - this WILL delay the review process. 

Please note: your request may not result in an increase of your financial aid eligibility.

If you meet one of the situations described above, download the 2014-15 Special Circumstance Review packet. 

If your situation does not meet one of those described on the Special Circumstance Review Request Form, then it is not likely to be considered. You may, however, contact our office at 440-826-2108 or finaid@bw.edu with any questions to see if your situation is reviewable based on Federal guidelines.

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