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NO. The law leaves the decision up to the individual college. Further, the college may decide which cases they will consider and which they will not. The law only requires that the college consider each request on an individual case by case basis, and that the college be consistent and "reasonable" in its decisions.
An Unusual Circumstance is any significant event that occurred during the base tax year or may occur after the date the FAFSA has been filed, e.g. the death of a wage earner which effects the student and parent's ability to pay their current academic year tuition bill.
YES. The college will not consider requests to reduce income or assets to account for the following:
YES, you must first file a FAFSA using your base year income data before we are able to make adjustments.
YES. If the student was not selected for verification by the federal government prior to the request for UC consideration, WCU will select and send a verification statement. The UC request will not be considered until verification is complete.
WCU will consider situations such as for example:
YES. Only students who are eligible to receive Federal Title IV aid may be considered for Unusual Circumstance adjustments.
You would obtain The Unusual Circumstance/Income Reduction Worksheet which corresponds to the academic year in which you are enrolled, e.g. 2010-2011, etc. It is generally available on our Forms page beginning in mid-May.
YES. Call PHEAA at 1-800-692-7392 or go to PHEAA.org to request a reduced income form. Students from other states may check with their state's agency. Also, WCU has a link on the Financial Aid homepage to the various PA state grant forms.
YES. The U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Assistance will not entertain appeals and have ruled that the FAO's decision is final.