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Special Circumstances Appeal

Saint Louis University recognizes that certain life changes can occur after the completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) that can affect a family's ability to contribute to one's education of impact the cost of attendance. 

Per federal regulations under limited, unique financial circumstances, a student may appeal their financial aid eligibility.  To ensure fairness and compliance with these federal regulations Special Circumstances appeals are reviewed on a case‐by‐case basis, with limits as to what can be considered. Consideration of such circumstances does not imply additional funds will be available.

For the Special Circumstances appeals process, please complete the Special Circumstance Appeal application.

If after review it is determined that your situation might meet the special circumstances criteria, you will be asked for additional supporting documents. NOTE: Federal regulations require full verification of FAFSA data prior to finalizing any special circumstance appeal that may impact federal aid.

Some of the circumstances that may be considered include loss or change in employment, the death of a student’s parent or spouse, divorce or separation, loss of benefits, such as child support, social security or unemployment and health care expenses. For more details, view the 2020-2021 Special Circumstance Appeal Explanation Form or the 2021-2022 Special Circumstance Appeal Explanation Form and Contact Student Financial Services with any questions. Please complete this Special Circumstance Appeal application if you would like Student Financial Services to review your special circumstance appeal.