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Professional Judgment: Special Circumstance - Student Aid Index  (SAI) Appeal

During the course of a year, a family may experience unemployment, death, divorce, or disability of a wage earner. These cases are grounds for a review of the applicant's aid eligibility. The procedure for filing an appeal due to severe income changes within a family is as follows:

  1. The initial FAFSA/Renewal FAFSA using prior year income has been filed by the student.
  2. Current year family income has been reduced due to unemployment for a period of 12 weeks or more, death or disability.
  3. Please submit the appeal application and any additional documentation that supports your appeal claim.  Student must initiate the SAI Appeal by logging into StudentForms.
  4. The appeal is evaluated and eligibility is recalculated if possible.  Please note this appeal is only for federal aid.
  5. A response regarding the appeal determination is sent to the student.

Professional Judgment: Special Circumstance (SAI) Appeal Form


Financial Aid Office

  • 209 Maytum Hall State University of New York at Fredonia Fredonia, NY 14063

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