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2022-2023 financial aid eligibility is based upon the information you provided on the 2022-2023 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). A request for a professional judgment is appropriate when you, your spouse or your parents have experienced a change in income from the 2020 figures that were reported on your original FAFSA. If you already are Pell Grant eligible with a "0" Estimated Family Contribution (EFC), it is not necessary to fill out this Professional Judgement Form as you have already received the maximum award allowable for the financial aid award year, however if you have additional expenses that would possibly raise your cost of attendance (COA) then fill this out as directed. Below you will check the situation below that applies, provide required documentation, and complete this form in its entirety.
You must include a statement and supporting documentation that explains the reason for the requested change. If your 2021 tax information accurately reflects your current financial situation, please attach a copy of your 2021 Federal Tax Returns. If your income has since changed compared to your 2021 tax information, then you must project your estimated income for the 2022 calendar year. If applicable, please include any documentation of severance benefits, unemployment benefits, pay stubs, etc. A request submitted without the statement and documentation will not be considered.
*Before you take out a loan, it’s important to understand that a loan is a legal obligation that makes you responsible for repaying the amount you borrow with interest. Even though you don’t have to begin repaying your federal student loans right away, you shouldn’t wait to understand your responsibilities as a borrower. Please refer to the following link to learn more about student loans, https://studentaid.gov/understand-aid/types/loans .
Personal letter explaining the change in work (signed and dated), letter of termination from previous employer (if applicable), most current W-2 forms or federal tax returns, and any other documents as requrested by the Financial Aid Office
Personal letter explaining the change in income (signed and dated), most recent federal tax returns, legal documentation (letter from the Social Security Administration, court order for child support, etc), or other documents as requested by the Financial Aid Office
Personal letter explaining the high medical expenses (signed and dated), copies of all medical bills paid in the 2020 and/or 2021 calendar year, and any other documents as requested by the Financial Aid Office
Personal letter explaining the circumstances (signed and dated), and documentation of the circumstances. Do not include credit card debt, house payments, car payments, etc.
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