Special Circumstance & Financial Hardship Requests

GVSU remains committed to supporting you because of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and is here to help you in times of financial need. We understand that every student's situation is different, so we have provided you with several different options to review in the event of financial hardship.  From the generosity of the GVSU community and our partners, we have been able to provide institutional grants to those who have faced economic hardship.  Financial hardship funds are available to help student's meet their basic needs, and help cover educational costs (such as housing, food, and textbooks) that a student could not otherwise pay out of pocket.  All financial aid options offered, including loans, must typically be utilized prior to offering additional grant funding.  

Step 1: If you are eligible to file a FAFSA and have not done so, please start by filing today.  Please click here for more information about filing the FAFSA.  Please allow 3-5 business days for us to receive your FAFSA and prepare your award.  Once your award is ready for review, please make decisions in myBanner.

Step 2: In the event that a family has had a change in their financial situation, the Special Circumstances process can help us create a financial aid package that is more accurate reflecting a family's current financial status. To determine if you are eligible to submit a Special Circumstances, please review the table below and the Special Circumstances FormPlease note: If you file a special circumstances request, you will be automatically considered for additional financial hardship funds.  There is no need to complete the Hardship Grant Request Form.

The Special Circumstances Form for the 2020-2021 academic year is no longer available online.  However, if you feel that you would qualify to have your circumstances reviewed, please contact us to determine what is the best option for you.

Reasons to Complete the Special Circumstances Form

Reasons NOT to Complete the Special Circumstances Form

- Loss of job or decrease in income

- Your EFC is already zero

- Changes to child support

- You have not yet filed a FAFSA or will not file a FAFSA

- Death of parent/spouse

- Your (student) marital status has changed - contact our office for assistance

- Excessive medical expenses paid out of pocket


Step 3: Once you have determined that you are not eligible to file a Special Circumstances Request and are still in need of financial assistance, please complete the Financial Hardship Grant Request form. By completing this form, you will be considered for many different types of funding, including: Textbook & Supplies Fund, Momentum Fund, Student Support Fund, Opportunity Fund, or GVSU hardship dollars.

Hardship funds are available to assist in paying for the following expenses:

  • GVSU account balance
  • Textbooks, Course Materials, and Supplies
  • Food
  • Housing costs (rent, mortgage, utilities, etc.)
  • Internet Access
  • Technology (computer, tablet, etc.)
  • Healthcare costs
  • Childcare expenses

If you have additional questions, please contact us.