University recognizes that situations occur which may affect a student’s
eligibility for need based financial aid.In these cases, students may be eligible for a special circumstance
Special Circumstance Appeal
Loss of Household Income. Termination, resignation, out sourcing, relocating, or retirement
impacts household income.
Decrease in Wages Loss of overtime, change of position, reduced work hours
Death or Divorce of Spouse or Parent
Exceptions to Normal Income.Lottery Winnings, Inheritance, IRA/Pension distribution, One
time payout of funds
Unusual Medical/Dental expenses not covered by Insurance
If you believe one of these situations has occurred in the last calendar
year, please submit a special circumstance appeal.
Financial changes that occur after January 1, 2016 will not be reviewed until
July 1, 2016.
ISU is required to complete a verification of your account prior to considering
any change of circumstance, which will require additional financial
documentation to be provided. Appeals typically
require 10 – 14 business days, after your verification has been
completed, for processing. Submission of an appeal does
not guarantee approval.
Most types of financial aid may not exceed the institution's
established cost of
attendance. However, students may have educational expenses that exceed the
allowable threshold. On a case by case base, ISU can review the student’s
educational costs to determine whether their cost of attendance budget is
accurate. A few of the categories in which increases may be granted are as