Other Special Circumstances
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Cost of Attendance (Budget)
Each aid applicant is assigned a budget and Cost of Attendance (COA), which is an estimate of expenses they may incur in an academic year. If a student’s COA does not accurately reflect their expenses, they may request a reevaluation by submitting a Request for Budget Adjustment Form with supporting documentation.
Budget adjustments may be approved for:
- Purchase of a personal computer
- Expenses associated with a disability
- Child care costs
- Unusual transportation expenses
- Room and board expenses
Dependency status is based on information provided on the FAFSA. Most undergraduate students are dependent and must report parental information on the FAFSA. A student who does not meet FAFSA requirements for independent status can be considered independent by submitting a Dependency Override Request Form with supporting documentation. Parents’ refusal to provide income information on the FAFSA is not a sufficient reason for dependency override approval.