We recognize that the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) may not reflect a family’s current financial situation.

The U.S. Department of Education allows schools to take into account situations beyond a family’s control that have occurred that may significantly alter the financial picture demonstrated on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Please review the information below to determine if you have a reason for review.

Examples of  special circumstances eligible for review include loss of income reported on the FAFSA due to:

  • Loss of employment/income or a change in employment of a parent, independent student, or student’s spouse whose income has been reported on the FAFSA
  • One-time only/non recurring income
  • The death of a parent/spouse
  • Divorce or separation of parents whose income had been reported on the FAFSA
  • Divorce or separation of a student whose spouse’s income had been reported on the FAFSA
  • Medical/Dental expenses (paid out of pocket/not covered by insurance)
  • Other extenuating circumstances

Examples of circumstances that cannot be considered for an appeal  include:

  • Consumer debt
  • Regular monthly expenses
  • Income that is reported annually on your federal tax return
  • Tax liability due to recent changes in federal tax law

Please note an appeal does not guarantee a change in your awards.

How Do I Apply for an Appeal?

If your family meets the criteria stated above and your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) on your FAFSA is above zero, you can apply to have your application considered for an EFC adjustment by submitting a completed Student Aid Appeal Form available below.

If your EFC is zero, submit a signed statement explaining your change in circumstances.  If you are a dependent student, your statement must include the signature of a parent.  Additional documentation may be required.

As part of the appeal process, it is expected that you explore and utilize all financial aid options.

2023-2024 Student Aid Appeal Forms

Dependent Students – Please access our Aid Appeal Form. Supporting documentation must be included with your appeal.

Independent Students – Please access our Aid Appeal Form. Supporting documentation must be included with your appeal.

You may submit the above form(s) and any additional documentation to the One-Stop Student Services Center in person, by fax via 516.877.3380 or mail to:

Adelphi University
One-Stop Student Services Center
Levermore Hall, Lower Level
1 South Avenue
P.O. Box 701
Garden City, NY 11530-0701

2024-2025 Student Aid Appeal Forms

Dependent Students Aid Appeal Form not yet available. Supporting documentation must be included with your appeal.

Independent StudentsAid Appeal Form not yet available. Supporting documentation must be included with your appeal.

You may submit the above form(s) and any additional documentation to the One-Stop Student Services Center in person, by fax via 516.877.3380 or mail to:

Adelphi University
One-Stop Student Services Center
Levermore Hall, Lower Level
1 South Avenue
P.O. Box 701
Garden City, NY 11530-0701 
 

Please contact the One-Stop Student Services Center with any additional questions about special circumstances and our appeals process.

The information contained on this site is subject to change without notice.
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