Special circumstances 

COVID-19 emergency relief funding

VCU Financial Aid will review aid appeals for the following special circumstances:

  • Loss of wages (student, spouse or parent)
  • Separation or divorce
  • Death of parent or spouse
  • Dependent care expenses
  • Unusually high medical, dental, vision or prescription expenses not covered by insurance 

Appeals will not be considered for the following:

  • IRA or pension withdrawals
  • Consumer debt or bankruptcy
  • Gambling winnings
  • K-12 private school tuition
  • Capital gains
  • Legal expenses
  • Cost of living adjustments

Some appeal circumstances may require additional information or documentation -- please see below for further details. Once all documentation has been collected, the financial aid counselor will electronically submit the case to the professional judgment committee for review. The committee will provide a decision to the financial counselor, who will contact the student regarding the decision.

Decisions made by the committee are final. There is no appeal process to the U.S. Department of Education.

If your special circumstances appeal is approved, the office will determine if you are eligible for other federal aid programs, federal COVID-19 emergency grants, institutional or state aid programs. In some cases an approved appeal may not result in additional consideration for aid based upon unique award eligibility requirements.

 

Have you or your family experienced a loss of income lasting more than two months? If your answer is yes, we offer an appeal process to determine if you are eligible for other financial aid programs. 

Experiencing a decrease in income may be a new situation for you. We have reviewed many appeals within our VCU family of students with similar situations. We are here to guide you through the process.

Let’s get started.

Step 1:

Submit the form that corresponds with the status of your residency and dependency:

U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen (Dependent): 2020-2021 Request for Re-Evaluation Dependent

U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen (Independent): 2020-2021 Request for Re-Evaluation Independent

International, undocumented or DACA: 2020-2021 Alternate Need Determination Form

This form will ask you to estimate your income from January 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020. Follow the instructions on the form carefully. Please do not leave any items blank on the form. You will be asked to describe and document your circumstances. The appeal form can be found here. 

If you need assistance, please contact us at (804) 828-1550 or log in to Navigate to contact your financial counselor.

Step 2:

We understand a loss of income may be causing you anxiety. We will carefully review your circumstances within 10 business days. When the appeal has been reviewed, we will send a communication to the student’s eServices account describing the results.  

Not all approved appeals may result in additional consideration for financial aid programs. 

Experiencing your situation may be new for you. We have reviewed many appeals within our VCU family of students with similar situations. We are here to guide you through the process.

Let’s get started.

Step 1:

Submit the form that corresponds with your dependence status:

Dependent: 2020-2021 Re-Evaluation of Household Form for Dependent Students

Independent: 2020-2021 Re-Evaluation of Household Form for Independent Students

This form will ask you to estimate your income from January 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020. Follow the instructions on the form carefully. Please do not leave any items blank on the form. You will be asked to describe and document your circumstances. The appeal form can be found here. 

If you need assistance, please contact us at (804) 828-1550 or log in to Navigate to contact your financial counselor.

Step 2:

We understand that your circumstances may be causing you anxiety. We will carefully review your circumstances within 10 business days. When the appeal has been reviewed, we will send a communication to the student’s eServices account describing the results.  

Not all approved appeals may result in additional consideration for financial aid programs.

Experiencing your situation may be new for you. We have reviewed many appeals within our VCU family of students with similar situations. We are here to guide you through the process.

Let’s get started.

Step 1:

Submit the form that corresponds with your dependency status:

Depedent: 2020-2021 Re-Evaluation of Household Form for Dependent Students 

Independent: 2020-2021 Re-Evaluation of Household Form for Independent Students

This form will ask you to estimate your income from January 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020. Follow the instructions on the form carefully. Please do not leave any items blank on the form. You will be asked to describe and document your circumstances. The appeal form can be found here. 

If you need assistance, please contact us at (804) 828-1550 or log in to Navigate to contact your financial counselor.

Step 2:

We understand a loss of income may be causing you anxiety. We will carefully review your circumstances within 10 business days. When the appeal has been reviewed, we will send a communication to the student’s eServices account describing the results.  

Not all approved appeals may result in additional consideration for financial aid programs. 

Experiencing your situation may be new for you. We have reviewed many appeals within our VCU family of students with similar situations. We are here to guide you through the process.

Let’s get started.

Step 1:

Submit the 2020-2021 Unusual Expense Form. This form will ask you to estimate your income from January 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020. Follow the instructions on the form carefully. Please do not leave any items blank on the form. You will be asked to describe and document your circumstances. The appeal form can be found here. 

If you need assistance, please contact us at (804) 828-1550 or log in to Navigate to contact your financial counselor.

Step 2:

We understand that your circumstances may be causing you anxiety. We will carefully review your circumstances within 10 business days. When the appeal has been reviewed, we will send a communication to the student’s eServices account describing the results.  

Not all approved appeals may result in additional consideration for financial aid programs. 

Experiencing your situation may be new for you. We have reviewed many appeals within our VCU family of students with similar situations. We are here to guide you through the process.

Let’s get started.

Step 1:

Submit the 2020-2021 Unusual Expense Form. This form will ask you to estimate your income from January 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020. Follow the instructions on the form carefully. Please do not leave any items blank on the form. You will be asked to describe and document your circumstances. The appeal form can be found here. 

If you need assistance, please contact us at (804) 828-1550 or log in to Navigate to contact your financial counselor.

Step 2:

We understand that your circumstances may be causing you anxiety. We will carefully review your circumstances within 10 business days. When the appeal has been reviewed, we will send a communication to the student’s eServices account describing the results.  

Not all approved appeals may result in additional consideration for financial aid programs.

Dependency override

A student may have unusual circumstances that justify a change in status from dependent to independent. All dependency overrides are made on a case-by-case basis. A student must submit a Dependency Override Request Form that can be obtained from a financial aid counselor. Students who have previously received a dependency override must submit a Dependency Override Reaffirmation Statement.

Financial counselors may be reached (804) 828-1550 or by logging in to Navigate.