The UIW Office of Financial Assistance recognizes that student and/or parent tax information reported on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) may not accurately reflect a household's current financial situation.
If a student and/or family feels there is an unusual circumstance which should be taken into account when determining the student's award, the student may request that our office review their situation to determine if adjustments to their award and/or FAFSA can be made. Please note that all situations must be well documented, and specific documentation verifying the student's and/or family's situation may be requested before an adjustment is made.
If a situation warrants an adjustment, the maximum amount of additional institutional aid (if eligible) a student may receive on their award is $1500 in an academic year ($750 per semester). If adjustments need to be made to the student's FAFSA, the Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) will be recalculated based on the information provided to the Office of Financial Assistance, and a new award will be produced based on the new EFC.
Situations which will be considered for review may include (but are not limited to):
Situations which will not be considered include (but are not limited to):
The UIW Office of Financial Assistance will review special circumstances for the fall semester up until October 16th, and for the spring semester up until March 6th. Any special circumstances submitted after the deadline(s) will not be reviewed.
How do I submit my special circumstances for review?
My circumstance is not listed on the Special Circumstance Form, can I still submit one?
If your circumstance is not listed on the Special Circumstance Form, and you feel your situation should still be reviewed, please submit the Special Circumstances Form, a detailed letter explaining your situation with as much information as possible, as well as any supporting documentation to help validate your circumstance.