All must first go through Verification when submitting a Special Circumstance From.
Verification is a process in which we collect certain documents and compare them to the information you provided on your FAFSA to confirm that everything was reported correctly. Upon receipt of your Special Circumstance Form, Student Financial Services will determine which forms/documents you must submit for Verification and we will email you a request along with further instructions. After Verification is completed, your Special Circumstance Form will be reviewed to determine whether there will be favorable changes to your financial aid award. (Note: Students who have already gone through the Verification process for the current year have met this requirement and do not have to be verified a second time).
Requests, communications and results are sent to the student’s NDSU email account.
For privacy and security reasons, all information is distributed through the student’s NDSU email account. Please check your email account regularly.
There is no guarantee of additional financial aid by submitting the Special Circumstance Form.
Depending on the changes made, we may be able to add or increase your Pell Grant or Direct Loan, or in some cases change part of your Unsubsidized Direct Loan to Subsidized, which would reduce the amount of interest that accrues. State aid, campus-based grants/ loans and scholarships are not awarded to students based on the Special Circumstance Form. In some cases, the student’s expected family contribution (EFC) drops significantly after the special circumstance evaluation, but due to loan limits and annual maximums, there may be no change to the actual financial aid award. .Also, if discrepancies are found when doing Verification, it’s possible that you may not only be denied an increase, but you may be liable to repay all or a portion of the aid you received previously.
There are deadlines.
The review, correction and revision process can take several weeks. Therefore, to allow adequate time for the various steps, there are deadlines for submission of the form. Please keep in mind that submission of the form by the dates below does not guarantee that the process will be completed before the end of your enrollment period.
- Student attending fall semester only: November 8, 2013
- Student attending fall & spring or spring only: April 11, 2014
Only 2012 paid medical/dental/vision expenses can be considered for the 2013-14 academic year.
Medical/dental/vision expenses not covered by insurance can only be included only if they have been PAID (not just incurred) in 2012 (January – December).
There is no income range/cut-off that determines whether you will receive additional financial aid.
If you’re wondering how much you/your parents’ income needs to be for it to be worthwhile to complete the loss/reduction of income section, it’s not possible to give you an exact figure. Eligibility depends on additional factors including your family size and assets. We use combined 2013 income for your parents if they are married. So if one parent had a reduction of income, but the other had an increase, you need to determine whether they will have an overall reduction in family income before you submit the form.
The form cannot be submitted online.
Signatures are required on the Special Circumstance Form so it cannot be submitted electronically. You must print and complete the form before submitting it to us via mail, fax or drop off. All contact information can be found at the bottom of page 4 of the form.
We are happy to answer your questions.
Should you have any questions regarding the completion of the Special Circumstance Form, please feel free to call Bison Connection at 1-866-924-8969 or 701-231-6200, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions about Verification or completion of those forms, you may also contact Bison Connection at one of the numbers above, or email email@example.com.