Special Condition and Professional Judgment
Special Condition/Professional Judgement
The information contained on this page is specific to Empire State College students.
Several specific circumstances exist that allow current year expected income instead of previous year income to be used to calculate a student's eligibility for a federal Pell grant. These conditions accommodate certain situations where a family's financial circumstances would be worse in the application year than in the previous year.
Expected year income or adjusted base year income will be used in a student's Pell grant eligibility calculation only if the student (or student's parent if dependent) meets a specific special condition. Students should provide appropriate documentation. The Financial Aid office's decision is final and cannot be appealed to the Department of Education.
Examples of Special Circumstances:
- loss of employment
- loss of earnings due to disability or natural disaster
- loss of untaxed income or benefit
- separation or divorce
- substantial change in income
- one-time source of income
- unusual medical expenses
- secondary and elementary tuition expenses
Special Condition Application: If you feel that you meet one of the criteria above and can document your claim, you can complete and submit a Special Condition Application online. After submitting the online application, you will need to submit documentation of your special circumstance to the Financial Aid office.
Please note that if your EFC (Expected Family Contribution) is already zero, you should not complete the special condition application, since completing this form would not result in any additional aid.
Name: SUC Empire State College
Undergraduate Associate: 0916
Undergraduate Bachelor's: 0913
Graduate: 5680 (for graduate students applying for Veteran Tuition Awards)
Students planning to attend summer 2018, fall 2018 or spring 2019 should apply for financial aid for 2018-2019 by submitting the FAFSA. The priority deadline to apply for financial aid for 2018-2019 was April 1, 2018, but we are still accepting and reviewing applications.
In order to process your financial aid eligibility by the spring term payment due date, you must have all applications in and any additional financial aid requirements/documents submitted and any student loans accepted by the deadline date of December 7, 2018.
Students planning to attend summer 2019, fall 2019 or spring 2020 may apply for aid early by submitting the 2019-2020 FAFSA on or after October 1, 2018.