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.  

Students impacted by COVID-19 in one of the following ways may submit a request for special circumstanceconsideration.

What does Lamar Consider as a Special Circumstance?

  • Involuntary reduction/loss of income

    This could be because of the loss or termination from a job, a reduction in working hours, or a reduction in salary or hourly wages.

  • Legal Separation or Divorce

    Dependent Student This could be because your parent(s) was married at the time you completed your FAFSA , but are now divorced or legally separated.

    Independent Student This could be because you were married at the time you completed your FAFSA, but are now divorced or legally separated.

     

  • Death of a Dependent Student's Parent or Independent Student's Spouse

    Dependent Student This could be because one or both of the parents listed on your FAFSA, is now deceased.

    Independent Student This could be because your spouse who's income is listed on your FAFSA, is now deceased.

  • Paid Medical Expenses or Long Term Medical Payment Arrangements not Covered by Insurance

    Dependent Student This could be because you or your parent had out of pocket medical/dental expenses not covered by insurance.

    Independent Student This could be because you/spouse had out of pocket medical/dental expenses not covered by insurance.

  • Extraordinary Expenses Related to a Natural Disaster

    Dependent Student This could be because you or your parent had substantial out of pocket expenses due to a natural disaster or qualifying emergency.

    Independent Student This could be because you/spouse had substantial out of pocket expenses due to a natural disaster or qualifying emergency.

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 10-15 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, you 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.