Special Circumstances

Occasionally, unusual circumstances exist that may warrant reconsideration of financial aid eligibility. These special circumstances may be either changes that have occurred in your family circumstances since you filed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or unusual family circumstances not accounted for on the FAFSA.  If your circumstances do not fit into one of the options listed below, you may still file the Special Circumstances Form for 'other circumstances' and attach a letter explaining your situation. 

Special Circumstances Forms

All Financial Aid Offices (including GVSU) are currently unable to make any changes to the 24-25 FAFSA due to delays from the Department of Education.  We will likely not have access to make these updates until July.  In the meantime, we will accept forms and documentation.  We are committed to helping you navigate your special circumstance.  If this delay is impacting your decisions and/or planning, please contact us to discuss your options.

We will review your submitted information and be in contact with you if there is more documentation needed to process your form before July. 

Reasons to Complete a Request

Reasons to NOT Complete a Request

- Job loss or change in income

- Your SAI is already -1500

- 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

- Unreimbursed medical/dental/mental health expenses that exceed 11% of your household income


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