There are several types of special circumstances such as a Change of Financial Situation, Budget Adjustment and Dependency Override that can affect a student's status and aid eligibility during the year. For example, an unexpected loss of employment could potentially be a reason for filing a Change of Financial Situation Form. The purchase of a computer or child care costs could be a reason to complete and submit a Budget Adjustment request. Please keep in mind that lifestyle choices, such as the purchase of a new car or home, and other situations unrelated to higher education, such as credit card debt, are not considered special circumstances. Special circumstances must always be thoroughly documented.
If you have a unique situation and would like to discuss, please contact the OSFA.
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