Delta College’s Financial Aid Office 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.
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 are considered on a case-by-case basis. However, there are limits as to what can be considered.
The situations below, while not all inclusive, indicate the types of circumstances we CANNOT consider.
- Adjustments to overtime
- Car payments
- Changes in seasonal employment
- High consumer debt, including credit cards
- Home mortgage expenses
- Liquidating 401K
- Monetary settlements
- Voluntary buyouts
After reading the following information, if you have a special circumstance that can be considered, contact Delta College’s Financial Aid Office (FAO) to speak with a financial aid advisor. If you have a qualifying special circumstance, the advisor will send/provide a Special Circumstance Request Form for you to complete. The Special Circumstance Form and all requested documents must be submitted before the FAO can consider your request for a re-determination of financial aid eligibility. Special Circumstance Request Forms are available only in the Financial Aid Office and are available after May 1st for the upcoming school year.
During the review process (after the Delta College’s FAO receives your FAFSA results and your completed Special Circumstance Request Form, along with all required documentation), we will evaluate your eligibility for aid and will inform you via e-mail if additional information is needed about the special circumstance. Our ability to provide additional assistance will be determined by when you inform us of the change, how much impact the change has in your financial need, and whether funds are available at the time you provide the information.
Special circumstance information and forms vary from year to year. Click on the link below for an overview of the types of special circumstances.
Types of Special Circumstances