Changes can be made to your financial aid or cost of attendance for the special circumstances listed below or for a change of grade level, accepting previously declined loans, decreasing previously accepted but not yet disbursed loans, and tuition in excess of your financial aid budget.
While the Free Application of Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is helpful in determining your eligibility for financial aid, it may not always accurately reflect the true financial situation of your family.
If your family has an unusual or special circumstance that should be considered in assessing your eligibility for aid, you can submit one of the revision or re-evaluation requests below. Submission of one of these forms provides a way for you or your parent(s) to inform PSU of the circumstances to be considered and allows PSU to determine if an adjustment can be made.
Revision and re-evaluation requests must be made using the forms below. When you submit a form, include a detailed description of the circumstances, appropriate supporting documentation, and signatures of both the student and parent. Be thorough and complete in providing all requested documentation to prevent processing delays.
The initial review of your revision or re-evaluation request will be completed by a committee and may take up to two weeks. Once your appeal is reviewed, you will be notified via email of the committee’s decision or if any additional documentation is needed. Submission of a revision or re-evaluation request is specific to an academic year and does not guarantee an adjustment or increase to financial aid eligibility or assistance.
What Qualifies as a Special Circumstance?
- Loss or reduction of earned income from calendar year 2018 to calendar year 2019 due to change in employment
- Loss of benefits such as unemployment, alimony, or child support
- Loss or reduction of income due to separation, divorce or death of a parent
- Unusual or unexpected medical or dental expenses for a household member that are not reimbursed
What Doesn’t Qualify as a Special Circumstance?
- Private school tuition for siblings unless enrollment is necessary due to disability
- Annual fluctuations of income due to loss of overtime or bonuses
- Personal consumer debt such as credit-card or car payments
- Exclusion of business income reported on personal tax return
Revision Request Form
Use this form to request changes to your financial aid for enrollment changes for future terms and increasing and decreasing your Stafford Loans.
Cost-of-Attendance Increase Request
Request to have your estimated cost of attendance increased for costs resulting from special circumstances that were not included in your original financial aid calculation. Examples of these costs are significant out-of-pocket medical expenses not covered by insurance, child care costs, or the cost of purchasing a computer. An increase in your cost of attendance does not automatically equal an increase in your financial aid unless you have remaining eligibility. If you wish to increase a Federal Direct PLUS loan or private loan, you might have to apply for an additional loan. Contact the Office Financial Aid to find out the specific rules for your situation.
Student Financial Aid Re-evaluation Request Form
Use this form to request a re-evaluation of your financial aid based on changes in your and/or your spouse's financial status. Applicable circumstances include divorce, separation, or death of a spouse whose income is listed on your FAFSA; loss of income due to disabling illness or injury; involuntary loss of employment; and involuntary reduction or elimination of monetary benefits from an outside agency/person (such as Social Security benefits or child support).
Parent Financial Aid Re-evaluation Request Form
Use this form to request a re-evaluation of your financial aid based on changes in your parents’ financial status. Applicable circumstances include the following: divorce, separation, or death of a parent whose income is listed on your FAFSA; loss of income due to disabling illness or injury; involuntary loss of employment; and involuntary reduction or elimination of monetary benefits from an outside agency/person (such as Social Security benefits or child support).