Special Circumstances - FAFSA

Special Circumstances - FAFSA

Have you experienced loss in income since 2019? If so, you may be eligible for more financial aid.


The 2021-2022 Free Application of Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) requires 2019 income and assets to determine a student’s financial need for the academic year. Federal regulations require financial aid administrators to make professional judgments in regard to students who have special circumstances that could affect their ability to pay for their education.


If you or your family have experienced loss in income since filing the FAFSA, then you should submit a Special Circumstances Form to have your financial aid file reviewed. Special circumstances are for those who have experiences a reduction in income and/or benefits since the 2019 tax year. A Special Circumstances Request form will allow you to request that HCC uses current or future income/benefits to make changes to your FAFSA and recalculate your eligibility to receive aid.


Examples of Special Circumstances an include:

  • Loss of employment
  • Loss of income (EX: Alimony, Child Support, Retirement/pension, Social Security (taxed), worker’s compensation)
  • Separation or Divorce
  • Death of Spouse
  • Medical/Dental Expense
  • Other (EX: Natural Disaster, Secondary tuition, or other unusual cost)


If you believe you have experienced a special circumstance, please complete a Special Circumstances Request Form.

Please note that if you already have a calculated Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of zero (0) then submitting a Special Circumstances Request Form will not change your financial aid award amount.


For questions on whether you qualify for a special circumstance, or questions about the process to get your financial aid file reviewed, visit our website for Financial Aid Contact Methods.