We recognize there are times when student and/or parent tax information reported on
the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) may not accurately reflect a
household's true financial situation. If there is an unusual circumstance that should
be taken into account, you may request a review to determine if adjustments can be
There are two review processes, so be sure to evaluate both to see which process to
If a situation warrants an adjustment, the maximum amount of additional institutional aid (if eligible) a student may receive on their award is $1500 in an academic year ($750 per semester). If adjustments need to be made to the student's FAFSA, the Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) will be recalculated based on the information provided to the Office of Financial Assistance, and a new award will be produced based on the new EFC.
If your circumstance is not listed on the Special Circumstance Form, and you feel your situation should still be reviewed, please submit the Special Circumstances Form (PDF), a detailed letter explaining your situation with as much information as possible, as well as any supporting documentation to help validate your circumstance
The UIW Office of Financial Assistance will review special circumstances for the fall semester up until October 16th, and for the spring semester up until March 6th. Any special circumstances submitted after the deadline(s) will not be reviewed