Special Income Circumstances

Federal financial aid regulations specify that financial aid eligibility for 2016-17 is based on income earned in 2015 — as reported on the your 2016-17 FAFSA.  In some cases, like those listed below, you may request that we evaluate your need based on an estimate of your 2016 income. Results from the 2016-17 FAFSA must be on file with the California Lutheran University Office of Financial Aid before a special circumstance can be considered.

Examples of circumstances that may be considered include:

  • Loss of Taxable/Untaxed Income (i.e. loss of employment of 8 weeks or longer, loss of social security or disability benefits, other significant reduction of income, etc.)
  • Separation or Divorce
  • Death of Parent or Spouse
  • Medical/Dental Expense (expenses paid and not covered by insurance)
  • One-time Income

Before you may request consideration for special circumstances, please speak with your Financial Aid Counselor. When evaluating your eligibility we will give full consideration to the information provided, however, it is not guaranteed that the changes to income will result in a change of Financial Aid eligibility.

Additionally, the Office of Financial Aid will consider a case of special circumstances for a family one-time only. Therefore, if a change is made to the student's eligibility as a result of special circumstances for the current academic year, the student may not be considered for that same special circumstance in any later academic years.