Special Circumstances 2020-2021

For all applicants*, the FAFSA is completed using the income information reported on their 2018 federal income tax return. The results of the FAFSA using 2018 information will, in most cases, accurately estimate how much families are able to pay for college in 2020-21.

However, if circumstances have occurred in your household since filing 2018 federal taxes that may not be accurately captured in the 2020-21 FAFSA, it is important to communicate these changes to Bradley's financial aid administrators.  

The following situations often are considered "special circumstances" and could result in changes to your 2020-21 FAFSA results:

  • 2019 household income will be less than 2018 due to job loss, change in parents' marital status, death or permanent disability of a wage earner, or one-time distributions from a tax-deferred retirement reflected on the 2018 tax return. 
  • Extraordinary medical or dental expenses incurred in 2019 that will exceeded 10% of 2019 income.

If any of the above apply to your family or you have other circumstances you wish for us to consider, please communicate the changes by completing a Special Consideration Worksheet (available October 1st).  Once completed, submit the form online, via fax, U.S. postal service, or email attachment. If your FAFSA is selected for federal verification, this process must be complete prior to review of your special circumstance.  

Special Consideration Worksheet 

Email: bufinaid@fsmail.bradley.edu

U.S. mail: 1501 W. Bradley Avenue, Peoria, IL 61625

Fax: 309-677-2798

*If you completed your 2020-21 FAFSA using only student (and/or spouse) household and income information, you are considered an "independent" student.  If you have special circumstances, this form is not applicable.  Contact the Office of Financial Assistance at 309-677-3089 for further instructions.