Special Circumstance (EFC) Appeal
A financial aid administrator may adjust an individual's expected family contribution (EFC) if the administrator believes the family's financial circumstances warrant it. The financial aid administrator will not automatically make these adjustments, there must be valid, substantiated reasons for the adjustment.
Some examples of situations which may qualify for an adjustment include:
- Loss or reduction in income
- Loss or reduction in income related to COVID-19
- Divorce, separation or death
- Private secondary education tuition payments
- Decrease in asset equity
- Other factors
Special Circumstance Request Forms
Complete the appropriate form below, based on the student's dependency status. Forms and supporting documentation may be submitted to One-Stop by mail or electronic delivery.
In an effort to protect your sensitive data, please DO NOT submit W2's or tax forms to our general email. All special circumstance documents and forms can be safely submitted electronically using our Secure File Drop.
Please Note: If parent information is required on the FAFSA, a contribution adjustment can only be made to the parent(s) income and/or assets. If the change in financial situation applies to the dependent student's income/assets, contact a financial aid administrator to discuss possible options.
Once all documentation/information is received, normal processing time for a contribution adjustment is 15-30 business days. You'll receive an email notification to your UND student email account if your awards are revised.