While our office is required to adhere to federal guidelines dictating the process by which we award aid (e.g., our utilization of cost of attendance, Expected Family Contribution, need, and eligibility requirements), sometimes we may apply professional judgment and alter a student’s budget and/or the data used in the calculation of their Expected Family Contribution (EFC) when warranted. The request for consideration of a special circumstance is a type of appeal, and our office's decision is final. The main categories of special circumstances are as follows:
A student can use this appeal to document expenses they have incurred beyond what has already been budgeted in their standard cost of attendance. Categories may include: excessive transportation expenses due to computing from outside of Bakersfield; uninsured medical, dental, or optical expenses; vehicle repair expenses for the car you use to commute to and from school; costs for dependent care; the purchase of a personal computer needed for school. Please complete the CSUB Cost of Attendance Adjustment Form and attach receipts.
Change in Financial Situation (e.g., loss of income)
If a student and/or parent has experienced a situation that has altered their financial profile from that which is reflected on the current academic year's FAFSA they may file an appeal by completing a CSUB Loss of Income Form. Categories may include; a significant decrease in income for student and/or parent, a loss of Social Security benefits or other untaxed income for student and/or parent, a married student or parent becoming separated, divorced or widowed since filing the FAFSA. Please complete the CSUB Loss of Income Form and attach supporting documentation.
Students who do not meet the federal definition of an independent student, but who meet one of the following extraordinary circumstances, my submit an appeal for a Dependency Override. Such overrides are determined on a case-by-case basis and require thorough documentation of the student's situation from the student as well as other family members, law enforcement officers, medical doctors, teachers, and/or clergy.
The following circumstances may QUALIFY a student for a Dependency override:
- Abuse: The student has to leave the home for their own safety due to a abusive situation; or
- Abandonment: The student was abandoned by their parents
The following are examples of circumstances that DO NOT QUALIFY for dependency override.
- Parents refuse to contribute to your education;
- Parents are unwilling to provide information on the FAFSA or for verification;
- Parents do not claim the student as a dependent for income tax purposes;
- Student demonstrates total self-sufficiency.