Special Circumstances Information

Central Michigan University Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid (OSFA) recognizes that families can experience changes or have additional expenses that are not reflected on the FAFSA. This could affect the family's ability to contribute to the student's college education and/or could increase the student's estimated cost of attendance.

The U.S. Department of Education regulations allow financial aid offices to determine which circumstances warrant further review. To ensure fairness and compliance with the federal financial aid regulations, special circumstances can be considered on a case-by-case basis and there are limits as to what can be considered.

The situations below, while not all inclusive, indicate the types of circumstances we cannot consider.

  • High consumer debt, including credit cards
  • Home mortgage expenses
  • Car payments
  • Changes in seasonal employment
  • Gambling losses

Special circumstance information and forms may vary from year to year. Click on the link below that pertains to the academic year for which you are applying for financial aid.

Changes in Family Status

Unusual financial circumstances, such as unusual medical or dental expenses not covered by insurance, expenses associated with a parent attending college, a family member who recently became unemployed, or changes in income or assets, may affect your eligibility for financial aid.  You must submit a CMU Special Circumstances Appeal Application, attaching required documentation, to the OSFA.  Special circumstance requests require careful review and additional processing time.   This form will be available April 1 from the OSFA (Bovee UC Student Service Court).  January 31, of the Spring Semester is the deadline for these requests to be submitted to the OSFA for the aid year.

Dependency Status

The OSFA is required to follow federal regulations in determining a student's financial aid dependency status.  If you have questions regarding your status, please see the information located here: Financial Aid Independence: Who qualifies?


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