Special Circumstances

FINANCIAL AID AND SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES

TYPES OF SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES


 

Income Reduction Appeal / Family Contribution Appeal 

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Contact the Financial Aid Office if there has been a significant change in your or your parent(s) income since the income year you reported on your financial aid application.  You may appeal to have your financial aid eligibility re-evaluated.  If the Financial Aid Office approves your appeal, corrections will be made that may result in an increase in your Pell grant award. 

  • Loss of Employment
  • Job Change
  • Reduction in work hours
  • Discharge from Active Duty
  • Loss of benefits
  • Unexpected medical expenses
  • Parent passing away(if dependent)
  • Retirement/early withdrawal of retirement
  • Divorce
 

We understand that things happen and we are here to help. 

Students should avoid updating income or asset information to reflect changes to their family's financial situation if those changes took place after the FAFSA or Dream Act Application was filed. If you make corrections, it can delay the process. 


Dependency Override Appeal 

If you are unable to provide parent information on your financial aid application due to an extenuating circumstance contact the Financial Aid Office. Explain in detail your situation and reason(s) for not being able to give parental information and provide documentation. Each appeal is considered on a case-by-case basis.


HOW TO REQUEST AN APPEAL?

Please contact the Financial Aid Office so we can email you an appeal form. 

Phone: (661)722-6300, extension 6337

Financial Aid Online Services 

Email: financial_aid@avc.edu


 WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

Once you submit the appeal and provide documentation to the Financial Aid Office, we will evaluate your documentation and situation. If approved, the Financial Aid Office will make the necessary corrections to reflect the change.  If the change results in an increase in your financial aid, awards will be adjusted and funds will be disbursed to you.

Last updated: January 13, 2021