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Opportunity for Special Consideration

Approval and increased aid eligibility is NOT guaranteed

What is professional judgment?

Professional judgment is an opportunity for a student to request a re-evaluation of their financial aid application and aid eligibility. The student will be required to document their special circumstances that have negatively impacted them and/or their family’s financial situation. This could make the family eligible for a financial aid adjjuustment resulting in a potential higher financial aid award. The FAFSA application looks at a prior years’ income and due to the current pandemic many families have or are experiencing unforeseen changes in income and expenses resulting in less available income overall.

For example, because of COVID-19 some employers have shut down, reduced work hours, furloughed employees and others may not have been able to work due to illness. Required documentation may include unemployment benefits, paystubs, tax returns, etc. along with a letter and verification of your current FAFSA application on file.

What is the benefit?

If you apply our campus financial aid staff will review your request for special circumstance consideration and re-review your aid eligibility. We will review your current family income situation (documentation will be required) to determine how much your family income and expenses have changed this year. If approved we will re-evaluate your current financial aid eligibility to see if you are eligible for an adjustment or increase in overall aid eligibility. Please keep in mind that approval and increased aid eligibility is not guaranteed.

Would I qualify?

If your family has experienced a change in income due to unusual, special circumstances, your campus financial aid office has the capability of exercising the use of Professional Judgment and the U.S. Department of Education guided flexibility to re-evaluate your situation for the following reasons:

  • Loss of job or permanent/indefinite reduction of work hours
  • Separation or divorce
  • Personal bankruptcy that occurs during the current financial aid year
  • Death of a member of your immediate family
  • Reduction/loss of child support
  • High non-reimbursed medical expense.
  • Your parents took money out of their pension/retirement plan as a one-time payment to help cover expenses
  • Other documented special circumstances outside of the student’s control

How to apply?

Provide us with basic information using the form below to start your application process. Upon receipt of your initial request we will send you a detailed request for what further information is needed including any required documentation.

Special Consideration Request Form

Instead of doing the online form version, you may print & submit the PDF Version. You may mail, fax, email, or drop off your completed request form along with any required supporting documentation to the One Hop Shop. Please remember to submit all of the appropriate documentation to support your case.

Although Federal Financial aid appeal decisions (Special Circumstances) are at the discretion of the campus and are based on guidance provided by the U.S. Department of Education and are completed on a case-by-case basis with all decisions considered final, SUNY Canton is compelled to make every effort to assist students in need. Once a student submits their special circumstance form they will receive a response within 7-10 business days.

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