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Special Circumstances

At a very basic level, special circumstances are anything that makes the information provided on the FAFSA form not reflective of the family's current financial situation.  At the University of Dayton, we offer our undergraduate FAFSA-filing families an opportunity to alert us to these special circumstances by way of our Special Circumstance Appeal Form (SCF). 

Federal law allows the University of Dayton to use professional judgment to evaluate these circumstances and potentially change your EFC and aid. Undergraduate students will be considered for need-based aid from federal, state and/or institutional sources. Completing this form does not guarantee an increase to your financial aid eligibility and additional documentation may be required in order to verify the circumstances provided in your appeal. 

If you or your family have special circumstances because of the COVID-19 health crisis and want to appeal for additional aid for the 2020-2021 academic year, please use the 2020-2021 Covid-19 Financial Aid Appeal linked below. Reasons for appeal that will be considered include loss of income or medical expenses due to the COVID-19 health crisis.

  • Loss or reduction of working income
  • Loss of benefits such as child support, unemployment, alimony, social security/disability or worker’s compensation
  • One time lump sum income or pension/401K withdrawal
  • Unreimbursed family medical/dental expenses or funeral expenses
  • Extraordinary care expenses, such as elder care and adult children, not already included in the number in the household
  • Divorce of parent or independent student
  • Death of parent or independent student’s spouse

  • Inability to pay the calculated family contribution from current income
  • Standard living expenses (e.g., utilities, credit card debt, mortgage payments, car payments, lawn care, etc.) and/or consumer debt
  • Educational debt*
  • Expenses the family has been paying regularly for several years, such as healthcare insurance premiums and costs
  • Life style expenses (vacation or tithing expenses) or family events (weddings, retirement)
  • One-time increases in the family’s income (lottery winnings, inheritance)

* Please note: We will only consider parental educational debt that is currently in repayment, documented, and for students (parents and/or siblings) who are no longer enrolled

Please be sure to select the form for appropriate aid year. Submit all supporting documentation at the time of appeal and allow up to two weeks for review.  Please note that if your FAFSA was selected for Federal Verification, this process must be complete before we can review this form. A counselor will notify you via email should additional information and/or documentation be needed.  We will also communicate with you the appeal decision regardless of the outcome. 


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