Special Circumstance Applications

2021-2022 Special Circumstance Applications

The deadline for submitting an application and all required documentation has been extended to December 17, 2021.

Parent/Student Divorce or Legal Separation

The purpose of completing a Special Circumstance Application for divorce or legal separation is to remove a parent or the student's spouse from the FAFSA. This will result in removing the parent or spouse's income from the EFC calculation. If the parent or spouse that left the household was not included on the FAFSA when it was originally processed, completing the Special Circumstance Application for this event would not be necessary.

Death of a Parent or Student Spouse

The purpose of completing a Special Circumstance Application for death is to recalculate the EFC without the deceased parent or student spouse's information. If the parent or spouse that has passed away was not included on the FAFSA and their income was excluded from the household, completing the Special Circumstance Application for this event is not necessary. If the death of the sole parent to a dependent student has occurred, please contact the One Stop for Student Services at 330-672-6000 or your Regional Campus Financial Aid Office to discuss further options.

Parent in College

The purpose of completing a Special Circumstance Application for a parent in college is to update the number of individuals in the household attending college used in the EFC calculation. The parent of a dependent student must be enrolled in a degree granting program at least half time to qualify. The parent must be enrolled in courses that are in session between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022.

Loss of Unemployment Benefits

The purpose of completing a Special Circumstance for a loss of unemployment benefits is to remove any unemployment benefits that were reported on the FAFSA as received in 2019 but were not received in 2020 or 2021.  This application can also be used to adjust the FAFSA to reflect a loss of income in 2020 and lost or reduction of unemployment benefits in 2021.  The unemployment benefits and/or income reported on the FAFSA will be removed or reduced based on the time when the loss occurred.  This may result in full or partial removal.

Loss of Working Income

The purpose of completing a Special Circumstance for a loss of working income is to adjust the FAFSA to reflect the loss of income. This could be because the loss or termination from a job, the reduction in working hours or a reduction in salary or hourly wage. The application cannot be submitted for an anticipated loss.  The loss must have already occurred.

Note: If the loss of income was a result of a divorce or death of a parent or spouse, you must complete either the divorce/legal separation or death application. If the income loss was a result of the loss of unemployment or other benefits, please complete the loss of benefits application. This will ensure that the proper documentation is provided.

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2021

Loss of Benefits including Child Support, Alimony, Social Security/Disability and Workers' Compensation

The purpose of completing a Special Circumstance Application for loss of benefits is to remove any benefit(s) that were reported on the FAFSA as received in 2019 but were not received in 2020 or 2021. The benefit(s) reported on the FAFSA will be removed based on the time when the loss occurred. This may result in full or partial removal.

Medical or Dental Expenses

The purpose of completing a Special Circumstance Application for medical or dental expenses is to remove income used toward medical and/or dental expenses that is not available to use towards college expenses. Only medical or dental expenses that were reported on Schedule A of the IRS Federal Income Tax Return during either the 2019 or the 2020 tax year are eligible for review. You can only select one tax year.