The income information provided on the FAFSA is for the previous calendar year.
What if your family’s income changes because of a loss of employment, an accident
or an illness? There may be a loss of benefits such as child support, a divorce or
a disability that changes the family’s ability to pay for college.
If a family’s income will change for the coming year, you may request a “Special (Unusual)
Circumstance” application in the Financial Aid Office after you file your FAFSA and submit all requested documentation. The Financial Aid staff can use documented income changes to determine eligibility.
Adjusted Gross Income can also be reduced because of unusual medical expenses, K-12
school tuition costs, the support of an extended family member that does not reside
with the family or unusual debt related to a bankruptcy, adoption, divorce, etc.
Students wishing to request an adjustment to their FAFSA will need to submit a completed
unusual circumstance form to the financial aid office, along with supporting documentation.