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Special Circumstance

NDSU Financial Aid and Scholarships recognizes the information reported on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) may not reflect your current financial situation or ability to pay for educational expenses.  If you or your family has experienced one or more of the following special circumstances listed below, we encourage you to submit the Special Circumstance Form to have your financial aid eligibility re-evaluated. 


  • You/your spouse or your parent(s) experienced a loss or significant reduction of income for 10 or more consecutive weeks that limits the ability to contribute toward educational expenses; and/or
  • You/your spouse or your parent(s) had a reduction of or will no longer receive benefits (e.g. child support, social security benefits, spousal support, etc.) thereby reducing overall income.


  • You/your spouse or your parent's divorced, became separated with the intent to divorce; or 
  • Your spouse or parent passed away after your FAFSA was submitted. 


  • In 2020, you/your spouse or your parent(s) paid $3,000 or more in medical or dental expenses that were not covered by insurance. Note: Elective cosmetic procedures other than orthodontics are not considered. 
  • Insurance premiums paid in 2020 may also be included as long as they were paid by you/your parents and not an employer or through a Health Savings Account. 


  • You/your spouse or parent(s) had a one-time income that was used to pay off debt to avoid bankruptcy, foreclosure, referral to collections, or other extreme financial hardship.
  • Consideration will not be given for one-time income that is a result of an inheritance, job bonus, overtime earnings, gambling winnings, insurance settlements, or stimulus payments. 


  • You/your spouse or parent(s) had unexpected expenses that caused added economic hardship. These may include: dual housing necessitated by economic conditions, funeral expenses not covered by insurance, natural disaster expenses not covered by insurance or FEMA, or special travel/lodging for medical care. 
  • Expenses that cannot be considered include: vacations, weddings, standard living expenses, home renovations, credit card debt, auto loans/insurance/repairs, expenses related to self-employment, etc. 

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 need for a computer to complete your remote coursework, please contact NDSU One Stop to inquire about possible limited emergency funding and/or additional student loan options. One Stop can be reached by phone toll-free at 1-866-924-8969, locally at 701-231-6200 or by email at 


  • Submitting the Special Circumstance Form does not guarantee that you will be awarded additional financial aid.
  • All sections of the Special Circumstance Form must be complete and all required documents must be received before it will be reviewed.
  • If your financial situation warrants a change in your award, it may consist of the addition or increase to a Federal Pell Grant or Direct Loan, or changing part of your Direct Loan from unsubsidized to subsidized, thereby reducing the amount of interest that accrues. State funding, Federal Work Study and Scholarships will not be awarded based on approval of a special circumstance evaluation. 
  • All students must go through the Verification process before the Special Circumstance Form can be reviewed. If you were not selected for Verification previously, you will be notified through email or postal mail regarding how to complete the process. 
  • The process of Verification and the review of your Special Circumstance Form may take several weeks to complete. You are responsible for any balances owed to NDSU during this time. 
  • To protect student privacy, all requests, communications and results are distributed only through your NDSU email account. A FERPA release must be on file if you wish to have financial aid information released to your parent(s) or anyone else. Additional information regarding FERPA can be found on the Registration and Records webpage

If you have questions regarding the completion of the Special Circumstance Form or about the Verification process, please feel free to contact NDSU One Stop toll free at 1-866-924-8969 or locally at 701-231-6200, or email them at In an effort to protect your sensitive data, please DO NOT submit your Special Circumstance Form or tax documents to the general One Stop email. All documents can be safely submitted electronically using the One Stop Secure File Drop


For the 2020-21 academic year
If currently attending the 2021 spring semester: April 2, 2021
If attending the 2021 summer semester: June 25, 2021
Special Circumstance Form for 2020-2021

For the 2021-22 academic year
If attending the 2021 fall semester only: November 5, 2021
If attending the 2021-22 fall and spring semesters: April 1, 2022
If attending the 2022 spring semester only: April 1, 2022
Special Circumstance Form for 2021-2022 Note: For best results, use Google Chrome browser and save PDF file prior to completion. 

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Phone: +1 (701) 231-6200 / Fax: (701) 231-8297
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