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Special Circumstances - Professional Judgment

We understand that the FAFSA doesn’t always capture your family’s financial situations perfectly. That’s why we utilize the Professional Judgment Process if special circumstances arise.

If you or your parents are experiencing any of the following, we recommend that you participate in the Professional Judgment process:

  • Non-reimbursed medical, dental, or nursing home expenses (at least 10% of your adjusted gross income)
  • Private school tuition (Pre K -12th grade) or day care expenses (at least 10% of your adjusted gross income)
  • Change in employment status (lay off, termination)
  • Other unusual circumstances that comprise at least 10% of adjusted gross income

If you are a dependent student whose parents refuse to provide their data on the FAFSA form and who do not provide any financial support, you may also complete the Professional Judgment Process. If your appeal is approved, please note that you would only qualify for an unsubsidized Direct Loan.

What to expect:

You will need to complete the Professional Judgment form in its entirety and submit all required documentation before your request is considered. Once our office receives this documentation, it will take approximately 2-4 weeks to review and finalize any decisions. All decisions are final and cannot be appealed.

Ready to get started?

Download the Professional Judgment Form (pdf).