Federal School Code : 002314

Unusual Circumstances

The information I have submitted on my Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Form has significantly changed. What should I do next?

The SVSU Financial Aid Staff is here to assist you and your parents if you have special circumstances that may affect your eligibility for financial aid or ability to apply. Special circumstances may encompass involuntary changes in income or employment, unusual dental or medical expenses paid not covered by insurance, divorce, separation or death, or other circumstances that have changed the total income level of the family.

You may be eligible for additional financial assistance if these circumstances apply. We suggest downloading an Unusual Circumstance/Review of Assistance Form if circumstances have changed significantly. Complete and submit detailed documentation listed on the form to the SVSU Financial Aid Office for review. The review process may take four to six weeks.

I have no contact with either of my parents, may I be considered Independent?

The Federal Processor will determine if a student is independent for 2014-2015 based on if the student is:
  • 24 years of age (born before January 1, 1991),
  • a veteran,
  • serving active duty,
  • married, has a dependent(s) or child that received more than half of the student’s financial support,
  • working on a master’s or doctorate program,
  • at anytime since you turned age 13, both your parents were deceased, you were in foster care or you were a dependent or ward of the court,
  • you are or you were an emancipated minor as determined by a court in your state of legal residence at the time you received that determination,
  • are or you were in legal guardianship as determined by a court in your state of legal residence at the time you received the determination,
  • at any time on or after July 1, 2013, your high school or school district homeless liaison determine that you were an unaccompanied youth who was homeless,
  • at any time on or after July 1, 2013, the director of an emergency shelter or transitional housing program funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development determine that you were an unaccompanied youth who was homeless, or
  • at any time on or after July 1, 2013, the director of a runaway or homeless youth basic center or transitional living program determine that you were an unaccompanied youth who was homeless or were self-supporting and at risk of being homeless.

 

If you have an unintentional or uncontrollable loss of parental relationship, you may file a Dependency Override Form and detailed documentation with the SVSU Financial Aid Office for review. The review process may take two to four weeks.

The following circumstances are not usually approved or considered reasons for independent status based on Federal guidelines:

  • You do not reside with your parents,
  • your parents refuse to pay for your college education,
  • your parents are not financially able to pay for your college education,
  • you were married AFTER you applied for financial aid (some exceptions exist ONLY if you are married BEFORE the Fall semester begins, contact the Campus Financial Services Center for more information after you apply),
  • or you do not want your parents’ assistance to pay for college.