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Special Circumstance


If you or your parents experience a loss or significant reduction of income for 10 or more weeks in 2020, or incurred high out-of-pocket medical expenses, we advise that you submit the 2020-21 Special Circumstance Form to have your financial aid eligibility reevaluated for the 2020-21 academic year. 

If you are a student currently enrolled at NDSU and have immediate financial concerns related to your loss of income, inability to pay rent or child care, or the need for a computer to complete your remote coursework, please contact NDSU One Stop to inquire about emergency funding and/or additional student loan options.  One Stop can be reached by phone at 701-231-6200 or by email at


All students who submit a Special Circumstance Form must first go through the Verification process.

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, Financial Aid and Scholarships 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). 

The process of Verification and the Special Circumstance review may take several weeks to complete.
Forms are reviewed in the order they are received and as timely as possible.  Verification can take several weeks and the review of your Special Circumstance Form may take an additional 3-4 weeks, depending on the time of year.

All requests, communications and results are sent through the student’s NDSU email account, so please check your email regularly.
Due to privacy and security issues, information is disseminated only through the student’s NDSU email account. 

There is no guarantee that you will be awarded additional financial aid by submitting this form.
Depending on the changes, 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.  Some students’ expected family contribution (EFC) drops significantly after the special circumstance evaluation but due to loan limits and annual maximums, you may not be eligible for an increase.  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 2020-2021 Special Circumstance 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.   

Students attending Fall 2020 only:  November 6, 2020

Students attending Fall 2020 & Spring 2021 or Spring 2021 only:  April 2, 2021

Only paid medical/dental/vision expenses can be considered for the academic year.

Medical/dental/vision expenses can only be included if they have been PAID (not just incurred). 

There are no income ranges/cut-offs that determine whether you will receive additional financial aid.
If you’re wondering how much your/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 income for your parents if they are married. So if one parent had a reduction of income, but the other had an increase/raise, 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 any questions you may have about completing the Special Circumstance Form.
Should you have any questions regarding the completion of the Special Circumstance Form, please feel free to contact NDSU One Stop at 1-866-924-8969 or 701-231-6200, or e-mail

If you have any questions about Verification or completion of those forms, you may also contact One Stop at one of the numbers above, or email

Special Circumstance Form for 2020-2021

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