Special Conditions

Special Conditions

Student Financial Services (SFS) realizes that students and/or families sometimes experience unforeseen circumstances or expenses during an academic year and their FAFSA may not reflect these changes. This page is designed to help address your need for special consideration of federal financial aid eligibility. This review may not affect NYS awards, and additional documentation may be requested. Please review the steps below to see if a 'Special Condition' review is right for you.


  • We are no longer able to process requests for the 2020-21 academic year.
  • For the 2021-22 academic year, we may consider circumstances that occurred in 2019, 2020 or 2021.
  • The deadline to submit documentation is typically 2 weeks prior to the end of the semester and/or academic year while the student is still attending. Late submissions, submissions near the end of the semester, or missing documentation may not be eligible for review.  

Step 1: Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Complete and submit the FAFSA for the applicable academic year that you are requesting a review. 

  • Apply online at the Federal Student Aid website.  For more information about applying for aid, visit our 'Apply Now' web page.
  • Be sure to report the income information for the year that FAFSA specifically requests (e.g., the 2021-2022 FAFSA requests tax/income information only from 2019).
  • If your FAFSA has already been submitted to SUNY Delhi (using school code '002857'), skip to Step 2.

Step 2: Review your Account for Outstanding Requirements

After submitting the FAFSA, some applications are selected for review by the Department of Education in a process called 'Verification,' or may have 'flags' that need attention prior to the Special Condition review.

  • If your FAFSA was selected for Verification, or if you are unsure, visit our FAFSA Verification page for instructions on how to view your account for missing verification items in Bronco Web.
  • If your FAFSA has unresolved flags, such as selective service registration or an unconfirmed citizenship status for example, these must be resolved and can be viewed in Bronco Web.

Step 3: Submit the Special Condition Form & Required Documentation

Download the Special Condition Form to determine which category your situation best applies to, and submit all of the requested documentation from Sections A, B, C, and D, if applicable.

  • To view the form, visit our Financial Aid Forms web page and click on the Special Conditions form for the academic year you are requesting the review.
    • For the 2020-2021 academic year, we may consider financial situations from the 2018, 2019 and 2020 tax years.
    • For the 2021-2022 academic year, we may consider financial situations from the 2019, 2020 and projected 2021 tax years.

Step 4: Document Submission 

Students may submit the signed Special Condition form and all supporting documentation directly to SUNY Delhi's Student Financial Service office by using our Secure Upload form.  The link to the Secure Upload form is provided on the Special Condition form.

  • Check your email often and be on the lookout for emails and/or mail from SFS requesting additional documentation.
  • Supporting documentation may include copies of tax returns, W2 forms, proof of unemployment, death certificates, rollovers and/or other information. 
  • Note: Special Condition requests that will be based on the 2021 tax year will not be reviewed until July 2021 (see section D of the form) for the 2021-2022 academic year.
  • Deadlines apply and all requests should be submitted prior to the end of the semester while the student is enrolled.  Late submissions or submissions near the end of the semester may not be eligible for review.  

Most Common Special Condition Questions

Am I guaranteed more financial aid?

Unfortunately, no. Each submission is reviewed on a case-by-case basis and the outcome will be dependent on the information provided and federal regulations. The result of the review may include additional financial options or no changes to the student's current eligibility. 

What types of aid are impacted by the Special Condition review?
The types of aid will vary by student and their eligibility. The review could result in a change to a student's calculated FAFSA Expected Family Contribution (EFC), which may provide additional Federal Pell Grant assistance or increase a student's Federal Subsidized Loan eligibility.  Depending on the type of review requested, it may also simply increase a student's Cost of Attendance, which would allow the parent or private student loan borrower to request additional funding.

Certain cases may also impact NYS financial aid eligibility that is administered by the Higher Education Service Corporation (HESC).  Certain cases that may be considered and are reviewed by HESC include changes to a family's financial situation (total and permanent disability, divorce or legal separation or death) that occurred during or after the required tax year reported on the student's application. Students should upload supporting documentation and monitor the progress of their review within their HESC account
My situation includes a financial change that occurred this year.  Can my application be considered for review if that year hasn't ended and subsequently taxes have not been filed yet?
It depends on the timing of the situation and what academic year you are attending/planning to attend.  Financial changes that occur in the first half of the current year are more likely to impact a student's aid eligibility as compared to a change that occurred late in the year.  We may suggest a student apply for a Special Condition review for a different academic year. 

For example, for the 2020-2021 academic year, we may consider income adjustments for the 2018, 2019 and 2020 years. For the 2021-2022 academic year, we may consider income adjustments for the 2019, 2020 and projected 2021 income. 
Should I submit corrections to my FAFSA if my circumstance has changed?
No. Your FAFSA should be submitted with the information that was originally requested by FAFSA.  A financial aid administrator has the authority to resubmit your FAFSA based on federal guidelines that follow the Special Condition Review.