Students and families who are
experiencing economic hardship may apply for a reduction of income
through the Special Conditions appeal. When applying for financial aid,
students are required to use their 2015 tax and income information on
the 2017-2018 FAFSA. Students may elect to appeal their eligibility for
federal and state aid resulting from an involuntary reduction of income
during the recent tax years. The purpose of this process is to show a
more accurate picture of the family's circumstances at present.
Reasons for Special Conditions
Comprehensive instructions are included on the Special Conditions appeal cover letter. This
can be obtained in person at the Office of Financial Aid. All paperwork
must be submitted to Financial Aid at one time as a single organized
Special Conditions appeal cover letter. Note the date when the circumstance began on it.
statement explaining the situation or reason for the reduction of
income. (Only involuntary job loss will be considered.)
Supporting documentation for the appeal. Appeals submitted without documentation will be denied.
Involuntary job loss — termination letter or lay-off notice, proof of unemployment
Death of wage earner — copy of death certificate
Marital separation — utility bills no more than 30 days old, copy of lease, separate pay stubs with different addresses
Divorce — copy of the finalized divorce decree
Medical — all medical bills, Workmen's Compensation statements, Social Security disability statements
Tax return transcripts, tax schedules (C, E, K) and all accompanying W-2s for 2015
Documentation of any untaxed income for 2017 or 2018 years (i.e., child support received, SSI/SSD, TANF)
of your projected income for 2017 (last pay stubs, unemployment letter
of determination, copy of severance pay, SSI/SSD, Workmen's Compensation
How it Works
Students must complete the FAFSA and verification process before submitting an appeal.
Student file will first be verified according to FSA guidelines.
Appeal will be reviewed by an administrator.
Approval or denial letter will be mailed to student's home address.
If approved the reduction of income will be processed:
This will result in a new Student Aid Report (SAR) being sent to the student. It will include his/her revised eligibility.
The financial aid will be packaged to the student's account; check the "Financial Aid Awards" portion of the Portal.
If denied the student must find an alternative means of paying the term bill.
whose appeals are denied will be packaged for federal and state aid
according to their initial eligibility. If this is not enough to cover
the term bill, the student must use an alternative method of payment.
Potential options may include the RCGC Payment Plan, Sallie Mae Smart Loan or Wells Fargo Collegiate Loan.
This is not a complete list; it's meant to provide examples of
alternative financing. Students who plan on borrowing a loan from a
private financial institution are strongly encouraged to first research
the interest rates and repayment requirements.