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Professional Judgment & Special Circumstances


Professional Judgment and Special Circumstances

Sometimes special circumstances can impact a student’s financial aid situation, including certain living arrangements or family situations that may change during your enrollment. This may result in the need to clarify your situation with the Office of Student Financial Aid, or have adjustments made to your financial aid and/or Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) data.  This is known as a special circumstance or a professional judgment.

Examples of special circumstance or professional judgment may include:

  • Loss of Employment
  • Loss of Income
  • Separation or Divorce
  • Unexpected Significant Medical Expenses
  • Death in the Family
  • One Time Payment Received
  • Increased living expenses
  • Dependency Override

The adjustments could impact the student's eligibility for additional financial aid. Financial aid adjustments do not guarantee additional funding. 

If you feel like you have been impacted by one of the examples above, we recommend you complete and submit the Professional Judgment form to our office so we may determine how best to assist you.

24-25 Professional Judgment Form Independent Student

24-25 Professional Judgment Form Dependent Student

The process can take 2 to 3 weeks to be reviewed.  Our office will contact you via your TTUHSC email with updates and your next steps to complete, if any.

Please note, if you already have a -0- Expected Family Contribution (EFC) on your current FAFSA, you have already received the highest financial aid need.  Submitting any of the professional judgment forms may not result in any additional aid or may result in additional loan eligibility only.


Professional Judgment Situations


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Office of Student Financial Aid

(806) 743 - 3025