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Some students and families experience financial situations that are not reflected on the FAFSA. Circumstances that impact the family’s ability to pay for college may possibly be reviewed in the Special Circumstance Appeal process. If your situation meets the criteria below, contact Marquette Central to discuss your situation and obtain the documents required for the appeal.
PLEASE NOTE: Appeal requests will not be processed until the student receives their initial financial aid offer. Not all appeals will result in an increase in financial aid. A reduction in the EFC (Expected Family Contribution) on the FAFSA does not guarantee an increase in aid.
POSSIBLE SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES
Students and families facing significant financial hardship may be eligible for additional financial aid through the Special Circumstance Appeal process. The student must have the correct year FAFSA on file with Marquette to be eligible to request a special circumstance review. Based on the timing of the circumstance we may be able to review this appeal for the current year or it may be reviewed for the upcoming year.
Circumstances that can be considered include:
Increases to Cost of Attendance:
Students can request an increase to their cost of attendance if they find that they have unusual expenses which exceed the budgeted amount. This can include but is not limited to purchasing a new computer, food expenses for those with special dietary needs, dependent care expenses, housing expenses higher than budgeted amount due to medical or other extraordinary reasons. We will require documentation showing why this expense needs to be higher than the budgeted amount for the request to be considered.
If you are a dependent student on your FAFSA but you feel that you have extenuating circumstances that you believe should be considered in determining your dependency status, please contact Marquette Central.
Note: Dependency status cannot be changed because you live on your own and support yourself, there must be additional factors for us to consider.
CIRCUMSTANCES THAT CANNOT BE CONSIDERED
Not every situation can be reviewed for a special circumstance appeal. Some circumstances are already included in the EFC calculation on the FAFSA and some circumstance cannot be reviewed due to policy.
What cannot be considered:
Circumstances already included in the EFC calculation:
VERIFICATION OF FAFSA DATA
Verification is required for all students requesting special circumstances. If verification has not already been completed, verification documents will be included with the Special Circumstance documents emailed to you.
TIMING OF REQUESTS
Allow a minimum of 3 weeks for the appeal process to be completed once all documentation is received, during certain times of the year processing may take longer. If you are submitting a special circumstance appeal for the current school year your documents must be received a minimum of 3 weeks before the end or the semester. Admitted student who would like an appeal processed prior to the Admissions deposit deadline should submit documents at least 4 weeks in advance.
We will not process a special circumstance appeal until after the initial award offer has gone out.