Special Circumstances

Here at Lamar University, we recognize there may be circumstances that affect your eligibility for aid, which are not considered on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application. If the information filed on the FAFSA does not reflect your current financial situation due to "special circumstances", you may submit the Special Circumstance Request form.  By submitting this form, you are requesting the Financial Aid Office to make adjustments to the data on your FAFSA, to more accurately reflect you and/or your family's current financial situation.

We have developed guidelines to help you understand what we consider to be "special circumstances" for approving a Special Circumstance Request, see below.  

What does Lamar Consider as a Special Circumstance?

The Following are not Considered Special Circumstances:

  • Standard Living Expenses
  • Consumer Debt
  • Travel/ Vacation Expenses
  • Tithes/ Charitable Contributions
  • Fraternity/ Sorority Dues

How to Apply for a Special Circumstance:

Step 1: Complete a FAFSA application

Step 2: If selected for verification, complete the verification process

Step 3: Submit the Special Circumstance Request form

Step 4: Once the "Special Circumstance Request" form is received, the financial aid committee will determine if your situation is a qualifying  "Special Circumstance". If so, a financial aid administrator will contact you within 5-7 business days, with a request for documentation.  You must be able to provide adequate documentation to support your situation.

If your situation does not qualify as a "Special Circumstance", you will receive an official denial letter through email.

Step 5:  If your situation qualifies as a "Special Circumstance", submit the documentation per the financial aid administrator's request.

Please Note: There are instances, where although your situation may qualify as a "Special Circumstance", adjusting the income information on your FAFSA will not result in an increase to your financial aid award.  In these cases, your request may be denied. 

Special circumstance request for the same situation will not be granted for multiple aid years unless approved by the Director of Financial Aid or designee.