Congress has granted Financial Aid Administrators the authority to evaluate special circumstances on a case-by-case basis. Students must provide adequate documentation to show why their circumstances warrant re-evaluation.
While Congress has given Financial Aid Administrators a large amount of freedom in making professional judgment decisions, there are firm limits to this power. We are permitted to make changes to data elements submitted on the Financial Aid Application (i.e. Adjusted Gross Income, Dependency Status, etc.), but we are not allowed to alter the EFC (expected family contribution) formula that the application uses.
In order to request an adjustment to your Cost of Attendance you must submit the Cost of Attendance Appeal form along with a personal statement and all necessary supporting documentation. Further directions are included within the Cost of Attendance Appeal form.