Special Circumstances

For all applicants*, the FAFSA is completed using the income information reported on their 2019 federal income tax return. The results of the FAFSA using 2019 information will, in most cases, accurately estimate how much families are able to pay for college in 2021-22.

However, if circumstances have occurred in your household since filing 2019 federal taxes that may not be accurately captured in the 2021-22 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 2021-22 FAFSA results:

  • 2020 household income will be less than 2019 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 2019 tax return.
  • Extraordinary medical or dental expenses incurred in 2020 that will exceeded 10% of 2020 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 the Special Consideration Worksheet (available October 1st) below. If your FAFSA is selected for federal verification, this process must be complete prior to review of your special circumstance.


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Special Consideration Worksheet

*If you completed your 2021-22 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.