The FAFSA process determines each student or family's financial need based on their prior year income and benefits.
Federal aid regulations allow the AACC Financial Aid Office to make adjustments for certain financial situations that cannot be taken into account on the FAFSA. We consider each situation on a case-by-case basis, and the regulations limit which situations we consider and how adjustments are made. Common special circumstances include, but are not limited to: unemployment, decreased annual income, and divorce or separation. The regulations do not allow us to consider high mortgage payments, car payments, or consumer debt.
Please note the special circumstances process is based on several assumptions:
In addition to adjustments for reduced income, we may be able to make adjustments for other special financial situations. If you think you have eligible special circumstances, call or visit our office to discuss your situation. If we think you might benefit from adjustments, we will give you a Special Circumstances Form. Please carefully document your situation. The form outlines the required documents. We cannot make any adjustments until we receive all requested documentation. Once the adjustment process is complete, we will notify you of the outcome.
You may or may not qualify for additional aid.