Special Circumstances | UMSL

Common Searches

Special Circumstances

Current circumstances are not always reflected accurately on the FAFSA since tax information being reported is two years old.  If you and your family have experienced a significant change in income, we encourage you to submit a Special Circumstance Appeal.  Examples of major changes in financial situations include:

  • Loss or change in employment or wages for you or your parent(s)
  • Student or parent has become separated or divorced
  • Medical or dental expenses not covered by insurance
  • Death of parent or student's spouse
  • Loss of benefits
  • Child care expenses 
  • Private elementary or secondary school expenses
  • IRA and 401K withdrawals
  • Other changes to student's status or to a student's or family's income or assets

Once your request is reviewed, we may request supporting documents.  Supporting documents may include:

  • Signed Federal Tax Returns
  • W2(s)
  • Pay stubs
  • Documentation of unemployment
  • Divorce decree or documentation of separate addresses
  • Obituary or death certificate
  • Documentation of paid medical expenses
  • Letter of separate from employer(s)

Appeals are reviewed and are handled on a case-by-case basis; judgment is made by a financial aid administrator, serving as the final decision.  Requests may be denied for reasons including excessive student loan debt.

Please submit the appeal and all documentation via our Secure Document Upload in MyView Self Service.  Please allow 4-6 weeks for the entire process to be completed.  Delays may be experienced during peak times.

2021-2022 Special Circumstance Appeal - Dependent (F22SCF)

2021-2022 Special Circumstance Appeal - Independent (F22SCF)