Financial Aid Professional Judgement for Unusual Circumstances

Professional Judgement is the process of reviewing an individual student's unique circumstances and exercising the option to change the data elements normally applied through the Department of Education Federal Methodology (FM) formula on the FAFSA application that helps compute a student’s family contribution.  Professional judgment changes are made when the financial aid administrator judges the standards used to determine the family contribution are inappropriate for purposes of calculating eligibility for financial aid due to extenuating circumstances. 

Potential Reasons for exercise of Professional Judgment


If you believe you might be experiencing an extenuating circumstance please contact the financial aid office to speak with a staff member. Once you submit the appeal and provide documentation to the Financial Aid Office, we will evaluate your documentation and situation. If approved, the Financial Aid Office will make the necessary corrections to reflect the change.  If the change results in an increase in your financial aid, awards will be adjusted and funds will be disbursed to you.

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