If your family has unusual circumstances that the FAFSA does not take into account, it may be possible for WWU to do a “professional judgment” to change your eligibility.
Some of the situations WWU can consider:
- There are other children in elementary or secondary school that parents paid tuition. This is for the same year as the FAFSA data. - Download (PDF)
- Has the parents’ combined income decreased, or is expected to decrease, since the year used in the FAFSA? - Download (PDF)
- Has the student’s income (or the student and spouse’s combined income, if married) decreased, or is expected to decrease, since the year used in the FAFSA? - Download (PDF)
- Are there unusual expenses in your family? - Download (PDF)
- Unusual medical or dental expenses are defined as the amount that exceeds 11% of the parents’ “Income Protection Allowance”
- Maintaining two households in different cities – document the expense of maintaining the secondary household
- Unusual dependent care expenses, including eldercare expenses
- If any of these circumstances occurred, please call 509-527-2315. We’ll talk with you on how to document the change:
- Parent divorce or marriage since the year of the FAFSA data
- Parent has gone back to school and has been accepted into a degree program (not just taking occasional classes)
- Your income changes drastically each year, and you want to request “income averaging”
- A one-time capital gain, typically from the sale of an asset
- Parents are unable to provide information. For example, long-term estrangement, incarceration.