Special Circumstances—Unique Family Considerations

At WSU, we recognize that circumstances for families can be unusual and/or change unexpectedly and this often causes financial challenges for a student seeking a college education. We are here to help when you are faced with these situations. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a wonderful tool used to estimate a family's ability to pay for their student's education. However, we are well aware that there are unique situations when last year's tax information may not always provide an accurate picture of a family's financial situation. We also know that our student population is diverse and they have many different needs.

To address these situations in regards to financial aid, Student Financial Services has a process in place which allows a student to address their family's special circumstance and/or outline their additional financial requirements. This process is called a Special Circumstance Appeal. If you have any questions regarding the Special Circumstance Appeal process or the information outlined below, please don't hesitate to reach out to us so we can clarify and/or provide additional guidance if needed.

Situations that Qualify for Review
Additional Details to Consider
General Information to Know When Submitting a Special Circumstance Appeal
For Help and Questions
2015-2016 Special Circumstance Appeal Worksheets
2016-2017 Special Circumstance Worksheets