Financial Aid Income Adjustment Steps

Families sometimes have unusual circumstances that affect their ability to pay for college. In some situations Student Financial Services can make adjustments to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) so eligibility for financial aid can be recalculated.

The following are special circumstances our office can take into consideration:

  • Out-of-pocket medical expenses
  • Divorce or separation which occurred after the completion of the FAFSA
  • A loss of income experienced by an independent student and/or their spouse or by a dependent student's parent(s).

A Request for Review of Special Circumstances form is available from Student Financial Services. If you want to have your circumstances reviewed, you will need to complete this form and submit it to Student Financial Services with all necessary documentation. Once these forms are received by Student Financial Services, it will take approximately 2-3 weeks to process the review. Depending on your circumstances and current eligibility, the review may or may not warrant a change in your overall financial aid package. Either way, you will be notified of the results in writing. If an adjustment to the financial aid award was warranted, a new Aid Award Notification Letter will also be sent.

To request the Review of Special Circumstances Form, please contact Student Financial Services at sfs@semo.edu or 573-651-2253.