Special circumstances

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
  • Exclusion from family income or assets any proceeds or losses from a sale of farm or business assets of a family resulting from a foreclosure, forfeiture, bankruptcy, or liquidation
  • Adjustment to assets to consider additional costs incurred by the student because of a disability of the student, their dependent or spouse, or their parent or guardian

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 and a 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, institutional, or state aid programs. In some cases, an approved appeal may not result in additional consideration for aid based on unique award eligibility requirements.

Appeal circumstances VCU will review


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 the Dependency Override Request Form that can be obtained on the Forms website.

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