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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. 

It is possible for a student to appeal their financial aid eligibility if they have unique financial circumstances. regulations from the U.S. Department of Education allow financial aid offices to determine if circumstances warrant a review for update. To insure fairness and compliance with these federal regulations Special Circumstances appeals are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. 

For the Special Circumstances appeals process, students should submit a written letter fully detailing their situation. Be sure to include the student’s full name and Banner ID as well as contact information. The letter will allow the Student Financial Services Office to assess whether specific circumstances meet the criteria for a potential adjustment that could result in a change to financial aid.

If after review it is determined that a student’s situation might meet the special circumstances criteria, applicants will be asked for additional supporting documents. Federal regulations require full verification of FAFSA data prior to finalizing any special circumstance appeal.

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 2019-2020 Special Circumstance Appeal  Explanation Form or the 2020-2021 Special Circumstance Appeal Explanation Form and Contact Student Financial Services with any questions. Please submit appeal letters to