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Special Circumstance Appeals

Introduction

A Special Circumstance for Parents (SCP) or Special Circumstance for Students (SCS) may be used when a family’s financial status is not accurately reflected on the FAFSA.  Our office can evaluate your circumstance to determine if it could have an impact on the type or amount of financial aid that is available.  Documentation is required for all SCP/SCS Appeals.     

Allowable Circumstances

Purdue Division of Financial Aid will consider making adjustments for the following situations:

  • Income loss due to unemployment, job change, one-time income adjustment, loss of untaxed income, divorce, or death
  • Extraordinary expenses including educational loan payments, out of pocket medical/dental expenses, or out of pocket costs for a parent attending college at least half-time

Non-allowable Circumstances

Purdue Division of Financial Aid will not consider making adjustments for the following situations:

  • Bankruptcy
  • Loss of overtime or bonus pay
  • Consumer debt (credit cards, car payments)
  • “Life style” choices, including high mortgage payments or second vehicles
  • Any circumstance experienced by a non-custodial parent (not listed on the FAFSA)
  • One-time income used for non-life essential items (e.g. family vacation)

Appeal Requirements

To complete a Special Circumstance Appeal, you must:

  • Speak to a financial aid administrator to determine if you qualify to receive an appeal.
  • Have the current year’s FAFSA completed.
  • Complete the verification process; if the IRS Data Retrieval feature is not used to complete or update the FAFSA, tax transcripts and household verification will be required before we are able to process a SCP/SCS Appeal.
  • Be included on the FAFSA information.
  • Have a circumstance that is not already reflected on the FAFSA.
  • Provide all required documentation and any additional information that is requested.

Deadlines and Timeframes for 2013-14

  • For fall only enrollment, SCP/SCS Appeals must be submitted by November 15, 2013
  • For spring only, academic year, or summer enrollment, SCP/SCS Appeals must be submitted by April 4, 2014
  • Processing takes approximately 3 weeks from the time the appeal is submitted and all required documents requested by the Financial Aid office have been received.

Deadlines and Timeframes for 2014-15

  • For fall only enrollment, SCP/SCS Appeals must be submitted by November 14, 2014
  • For spring only, academic year, or summer enrollment, SCP/SCS Appeals must be submitted by April 3, 2015
  • Processing takes approximately 3 weeks from the time the appeal is submitted and all required documents requested by the Financial Aid office have been received.