Special Conditions

The Financial Aid Office may be able make exceptions if you have special conditions that should be considered when determining your financial aid eligibility. Special conditions 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 your submitted documentation is reviewed. All decisions are final and cannot be appealed to Madison College or the Department of Education.

Dependency Override

A dependency override allows a student who traditionally meets the dependent status requirements for financial aid purposes an opportunity to appeal based on a special circumstance. 

Students who seek a dependency override appeal generally face parental relationship challenges such as estrangement, abusive family environment, abandonment, extended incarceration or other situations.

If you do not have a special circumstance under the dependency override appeal criteria or meet any of the conditions to be considered an Independent student for financial aid purposes, your parents must provide their information on your FAFSA. This is required even if your parents do not claim you on their taxes, you do not live with them, or receive any financial support from them. However, if your parents refuse to provide their information, visit the Dependency Status webpage for more information.

EFC Appeal

Expected Family Contribution (EFC) Appeal - If you or your family has experienced a significant loss in income based on the information provided on the FAFSA, contact the Financial Aid Office to discuss options for an EFC Appeal. Circumstances may include one of more of the following:

  • Loss or change of employment
  • Divorce/separation of parents/spouse
  • Change in martial status for Dependent students
  • Death of parent(s) or spouse
  • One-time taxable income

The Financial Aid Office will review your income to determine if there is an increase in financial aid eligibility for the current aid year. Students who are selected for verification must complete this first before an EFC Appeal may be processed.

Cost of Attendance (COA)/Budget Appeal

If you have additional expenses or other unrelated expenses not already included in your Cost of Attendance/Budget, you can ask to have your cost of attendance (COA) evaluated for a potential adjustment. In some cases, these adjustments will have no impact on the financial aid award, depending on the type and amount of the award.

Additional expenses that would be considered in a COA/Budget Appeal include:

  • Computer expenses
  • Transportation expenses, such as major vehicle repair
  • Housing and utility expenses
  • Dependent care
  • Program expenses that are not already included in the current budget allocation
  • Unusually high medical or dental expenses not covered by insurance
  • Study Abroad expenses

Additional expenses that are NOT considered in a COA/Budget Appeal include:

  • Credit card debt or loan payments
  • Routine car maintenance
  • Moving expenses
  • Cell phone bills
  • Other family member’s portions of an expense