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Student budgets are an important component in the financial aid process. Standard student budgets reflecting the average student population cost of attendance at a modest, but adequate standard of living, are used to award financial aid. Special budget considerations are approved through the Professional Judgement process on a case by case basis and with the proper documentation as outlined below.
What Adjustments May be Considered?
Adjustments may be considered for increase of the following types of mandatory or non-discretionary student paid expense during the academic year:
- Medical/dental/disability expenses that exceed the student’s Income Protection Allowance
- Additional educational expenses
- Additional transportation expenses for commuting cost or car repairs
- Housing and utilities expenses
- Childcare expenses
- Relocation expenses
- Other miscellaneous expenses on a case by case basis
- One-time direct cost for obtaining a first professional license or certificate
What Adjustments CANNOT be Considered?
- Credit card and other consumer debts
- Costs incurred outside of the academic year, unless it is a computer purchased in the summer for the Fall quarter
- Legal fees, bail, traffic or parking tickets/fines
- Pet care, unless the pet is a registered service animal
- Luxury items, such as premium cable
- Loan repayment
How do I Request a Budget Adjustment?
- Consult with Financial Aid Advisor
- Provide required supporting documentation to the Office of Financial Aid
What Happens Next?
Your request will be evaluated after you consult with the Financial Aid Advisor and all supporting documentation has been reviewed. It can take up to a week for this process to be completed. If more information is needed to complete your request, the Office of Financial Aid will contact you. This could result in a delay in processing your request.