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Special Circumstance

Financial Aid Process


Special circumstances impacting your family contribution and educational expenses could be evaluated on an individual student basis. You are required to submit appropriate documentation to support your request.

Additional documentation or information may be requested prior to the processing of your request. All decisions are final--this means that you cannot reappeal. Depending on the type of the appeal, please allow 4-8 weeks for processing. There is a deadline to submit the requests and it is stated on the form. Please submit your form and documentation before the deadline or it will be rejected.

Contact Us

If you have additional questions about your special circumstance, please contact the Financial Aid Office:​

2015-16 forms, except for the Dependency Override Form, will be available in July 2015.​​​​

 Childcare Expenses

Child Care Expenses

If you are a single parent or married with a working spouse, you may file an appeal to have child care costs added to your budget. CU Denver|Anschutz uses the Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE) budget parameters for childcare expenses. The parameters are reviewed annually by the CDHE. Follow the instructions on the form carefully to avoid delay and return the completed form to the Financial Aid Office.

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 Computer Expense

Computer Purchase/Lease Request

There are no specific funds set aside for this type of request. You may request a budget increase up to $2,500 during your enrollment at CU Denver|Anschutz to allow for the purchase of a computer (including monitor and printer). Follow the instructions on the form carefully to avoid delay and return the completed form and supporting documentation to the Financial Aid Office.

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 Dependency Override

Dependency Override

Students who do not meet the financial aid criteria for independent status but who believe there are unusual circumstances which make it unreasonable to expect their parents to contribute to their educational cost could be eligible for a dependency override.

Follow the instructions on the form carefully to avoid delay and return the completed form and supporting documentation to the Financial Aid Office.

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 Reconsideration of Income Request

Reconsideration of Income Request

Financial aid eligibility is based on the student's and parent's or spouse's previous year's income information. If you are classified as independent for financial aid purposes, family income includes your income and your spouse’s income, if you are married. Dependent students who are orphans, wards of the court, or homeless will include only their income.

If you are classified as a dependent student for financial aid purposes, family income includes your and your parents' income. If there has been a decrease in your family income, then you may appeal to have us recalculate your eligibility for Federal Pell Grant and/or Federal Subsidized Stafford Loan. Eligibility for other types of financial aid will remain based upon your previous year's income.


CAUTION:

Income reduction appeals are an estimate of future earnings. Should your estimate be incorrect (that is, the student, spouse, or parent earns more than the projected amount,) you must report this immediately to the Financial Aid Office Appeals Committee. Failure to report these discrepancies may result in the reduction or cancellation of aid, and you will not be allowed to file future appeals, regardless of circumstances.​​​​

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 Unusual Expenses

Unusual Expenses

If you have unusual expenses that are greater than those of a typical student such as high medical costs, required equipment purchases for a specific class, or disability-related expenses not covered by other programs, you may appeal for an increase in your budget.

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