Randolph College recognizes that special circumstances may arise that affect a student and/or family’s ability to pay.
These special circumstances can include (but are not limited to): change or loss of employment; divorce/separation; costs associated with private elementary and high school tuition and fees; extraordinary medical expenses; natural disasters; or other circumstances that can impact a student and/or family’s financial situation.
A financial aid professional may exercise professional judgment and change elements in the federal need analysis to account for circumstances that he/she/they feels have not been adequately considered in the original FAFSA. In addition, a financial aid professional may increase the “Cost of Attendance” to account for extraordinary expenses a student might acquire while attending the College.
If you feel you have a special circumstance that requires additional review, you can complete the Professional Judgment Request Form (below) and submit to the Office of Financial Aid.
The federal government defines dependency status for financial aid applicants. If you can document special circumstances, you can complete the Dependency Override Request Form to request your dependency status be changed to independent.
Circumstances where an override may be considered (must be documented):
Federal regulations prohibit the following circumstances:
Should you have questions about the documentation required for your situation, please contact Financial Aid at 434-947-8128 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.