Special Circumstance Requests
If you or your family have encountered personal or financial hardships that were not accurately reflected at the time you filled out your FAFSA, Financial Aid can review your file for consideration of special circumstances. In some cases, a loss of income has occurred that can directly affect the outcome of your FAFSA results. Since your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is based on the previous year’s income, a loss of income for the current year may reduce your EFC, which will result in additional need eligibility. ( Note- If your FAFSA EFC is already at 0 then a special circumstance review will not help and you. )
Accepted Scenarios and Typical Supporting Documentation:
- Loss of Student/Parent Income due to divorce, death, or separation of the parents
- Typical Supporting documents include: legal separation papers, verification from attorney, or divorce decree; death certificate; current year tax return; UT Tyler Financial Aid Verification documents.
- Loss of Student/Parent Income due to job loss or termination
- Typical Supporting documents include: letter, on company letterhead, indicating last day of employment, date of final paycheck, severance pay information; current year tax return; UT Tyler Financial Aid Verification documents
- Loss of Student/Parent Income due to health, disability, injury or natural disaster.
- Typical Supporting documents include: documentation of unemployment compensation, disability benefits, SS benefits, current year tax return; UT Tyler Financial Aid Verification documents
- Loss of a one-time "lump sum" payment of money from prior year income is no longer
- Typical Supporting documents include: documentation explaining source of nonrecurring income military bonus, divorce, death, etc; current year tax return; UT Tyler Financial Aid Verification documents
Submitting a Special Circumstance:
Special Circumstances are submitted online through an accessible, intuitive tool call PJ Advisor. This will guide you through the process.
2021-2022 Aid Year Submission
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What happens next:
Using the above link You (or a parent, spouse, or legal guardian) will need to do the following*:
- Create a secure user name and password.
- Select your dependency status as reported on the FAFSA.
- Answer the pre-screening questions and select your appeal category.
- Explain your situation in detail, upload supporting documentation, and submit.
- Print, sign, and upload the signature page.
Upon receipt of all required documents, a preliminary review to ensure the submission is accurate and complete. Within 1 week of submission you will be notified if there are any questions or if any additional documentation is required. Once the submission is verified as complete, the financial aid office will process updates to your FAFSA. Your school will contact you with the results.
Inceptia PJ Advisor Partnership:
We are pleased to announce we have established a partnership with Inceptia to expedite the financial aid appeal process by utilizing the PJ Advisor online portal. PJ Advisor is an accessible, intuitive tool that will guide you through the process to request a professional judgment/appeal. Inceptia, a division of National Student Loan Program (NSLP), is a nonprofit organization offering effective and uncomplicated solutions in financial aid management, default prevention, and financial education. Our mission is to support schools as they arm students with the knowledge needed to become financially responsible citizens.
If you have any questions about if you qualify for a special circumstance you can call our One Stop at: