A students financial aid eligibility is based on information reported on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA collects income information from two years prior to the academic year for which you are applying. We recognize that circumstances beyond a family’s control may inhibit a family’s ability to contribute to educational expenses. A change in circumstances appeal is a way for a student and their family to communicate with the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships about financial or household changes that could not be reflected or explained on the FAFSA.
Significant changes in your family's financial situation may merit recalculating your financial aid eligibility. FGCU makes every effort to work with students and families to discuss and evaluate changes in a family’s financial circumstances. If you have questions about whether a particular situation may apply, please contact us.
Circumstances we typically consider:
Loss of employment/Reduction of income
Loss/Reduction of untaxed income
Death of a parent or spouse
One-Time taxable income distribution
Unreimbursed medical expenses
Circumstances we do not consider:
Refusal of a parent to provide financial support
High cost of personal living
Credit card/other personal debts
Bonuses, lottery or gambling winnings
Reductions in overtime pay
If your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is equal to 0, you are automatically qualified for the maximum in federal aid programs. There are no modifications we can make to your FAFSA that would change your eligibility for additional federal aid. You can find your EFC via your Student Aid Report (SAR) which can be accessed by following the steps provided by FAFSA® Help.
Self- Employed/Commission Based Earners
Due to the fluctuating nature of self-employment, sales-based, and commission based pay, it can be difficult to accurately estimate what your income will be for the current year. We reserve the right to delay review, until the end of the calendar year, for any appeal where reasonable projections cannot be made. Any aid eligibility changes, however, could apply back to the beginning of the fall term.
Requesting a Change in Circumstances Appeal
To process a request for review, the student must:
- Have the current academic year's FAFSA on file
- Be accepted for Admission and/or a continuing degree seeking student
- Complete the Verification process (if selected)
- Be meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards
The Change in Circumstances Appeal will be submitted electronically and requires formal
documentation. You can begin the appeal process by selecting the appropriate link
2023-2024 (FALL 2023- SUMMER 2024)
Change in Circumstances Appeal (Dependent Student)
Change in Circumstances Appeal (Independent Student)
The Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships will review the provided documentation and determine if there can be a recalculation of your original Expected Family Contribution (EFC). If your request is approved, the information on the FAFSA will be updated and the EFC recalculated. The student’s financial aid award(s) may be adjusted if additional eligibility is determined.
- No change
- Reduced EFC and no change in financial aid offer
- Reduced EFC and adjustments made to federal loans
- Reduced EFC and adjustments made to gift/grant aid
Please note that submitting an appeal does not guarantee that you will be eligible to receive additional financial aid. While we understand that changes to your financial situation can have an impact on day-to-day expenses, it often may not change your eligibility for federal, state or institutional aid opportunities.
A financial aid advisor will review the documents you submit. If additional documentation is needed, we will notify the student via their Eagle email account. If the additional documents are not received within 30 days, the appeal will be denied.
Notification of Decision
The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships will notify the student of the decision via their Eagle email account. If changes are made to the financial aid offer, the student can view these changes in their Gulfline student portal.
We ask for your patience and understanding while we give your submission our utmost attention during the review process. Please allow approximately three weeks after all documentation are received for a decision to be made. To prevent processing delays, be thorough in answering all questions on the form and provide all required documentation.
|Summer (for new incoming students only)
Who Can I Talk To?
Everyone in the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships is dedicated to helping you and your family navigate the financial aid process. Please contact us to discuss the special circumstances process or any other financial aid questions you may have.