The FAFSA and Dream applications use the prior to prior year as base income to determine student’s eligibility, for example, for the 2023-2024 year, the students' eligibility is based on 2021 income. If you or your parents have experienced a significant decline in income, you may submit a Special Circumstances Appeal.
Types of circumstances that can be considered for a Special Circumstances Appeal:
- Loss of employment
- Other loss of income
- Marital separation or divorce
- Disability or retirement
- Death of a parent or spouse
- One-time payment received
If you feel your current circumstances fit that description, click here to submit a Special Circumstances Appeal.
After receiving your appeal, your case will be assigned to a Financial Aid Technician who will email you the next steps to process your petition. You should receive this first communication within 10 business days from your petition. Please be aware that during peak processing times (i.e. the weeks leading to or during the first few weeks of the start of a term), the first communication may be sent beyond the 10 business days. The technician, based on your statements, will request documentation to prove your case. All documentation requested is required to make a determination on your appeal. All communications will be sent to your LACCD student email.
If your income reduction appeal is granted, the Financial Aid office will update the FAFSA or Dream Application information and submit the necessary changes. Your financial aid awards will be updated by the financial aid technician for the entire academic year.
If your appeal does not result in any changes, the financial aid office will notify you of this decision via email. Should you need further clarification, you may reach out to the financial aid technician assigned to your appeal to review and discuss the types of aid available to you.