Changes in Financial Circumstances

The FAFSA requests information about income and tax information from the prior-prior year in order to calculate a projection of a family's ability to contribute to their student's cost of education. 

If a student's financial aid award in combination with what his or her family is able to contribute is not enough to meet the cost of attending Seattle University, and extenuating circumstances exist that change the student's overall financial status (such as medical and dental expenses not covered by insurance, loss of income, divorce or separation, or the costs of tuition for siblings or children attending private elementary and secondary institutions), the Student Financial Services Office will consider these to determine if the student has additional eligibility for financial aid. 

Students who find themselves in this situation should contact the Student Financial Services Office to speak with a financial aid counselor.  The counselor will respond to a student's particular situation and advise if any additional information and documentation are required.