Special Conditions

The Financial Aid Office may take the following special conditions into consideration when determining your financial aid eligibility:

Dependency Override

If you do not meet any of the conditions to be considered an Independent Student on your FAFSA, your parents must provide their information on your FAFSA -- regardless if your parents claim you on their taxes, you do not live with them, or receive any financial support from them. However, if you are unable to provide your parent’s information because you have no contact with your parents, or they refuse to provide their information, visit the Dependency Status web page for more information.

Unusual Income Circumstances

If you and/or your parents have experienced a significant decline in income since the most recent tax return was filed, contact the Financial Aid Office. You will be selected for a process called Unusual Circumstances:

  • Your financial aid will initially be determined based on your most recent tax return.
  • In late-January after the end of the Fall semester, the Financial Aid Office will contact you through your student email to fill out Unusual Circumstance paperwork and collect your current income information (including your current tax return, once filed).
  • The new income information will then be used to determine if your eligibility would be increased.

In the event of a separation, divorce, or death of your spouse or parent, contact the Financial Aid Office. You will be selected for a process called verification which will then be used to exclude that individual’s information from your FAFSA application.

Additional Expenses

Visit the Cost of Attendance web page if you have additional expenses that are not included in your budget.

Review Process

The special conditions above will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis based on the documentation submitted. The Financial Aid Office’s decision about your status will be communicated to you after review of the documentation submitted. This decision is final and cannot be appealed to Madison College or the Department of Education.

Questions? Visit askMadisonCollege to view frequently asked Financial Aid questions, submit a Financial Aid Category question, access the Financial Aid Tutorials for step-by-step instructions on related processes, or contact Madison College Financial Aid at (608) 246-6170.