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Special Considerations

 

We realize the income and assets reported on your FAFSA may not reflect your family’s current financial situation. Federal guidelines offer you and/or your parent(s) the opportunity to report current year financial circumstances that may affect your family’s ability to contribute to your educational costs. Changes in income and assets and circumstances, such as unusual medical or dental expenses not covered by insurance, expenses associated with a parent attending college, or a family member who recently became unemployed may affect your eligibility for financial aid.

Another type of special circumstance that may affect your eligibility for aid includes participation in a study abroad program or taking an unusually heavy credit load at DU. If you encounter either of these situations you may qualify for an increase in your student budget (Cost of Attendance) based upon the program costs and you should also complete a special consideration form. We will not adjust a student's budget for any reason other than Davenport-related expenses. You may submit a Special Consideration Form and the required documentation to the:

Davenport Financial Aid Office
6191 Kraft Avenue S.E. 
Grand Rapids, MI 49512

Fax # 616-732-1167

financialaid@davenport.edu

Need Help?

If you have questions about a special consideration, please contact your financial aid counselor on your campus.

If you are looking to complete forms for the 2013-2014 academic year click here.

 

Steps for 2014-2015

Special Consideration requests require careful review and additional processing time, so it will take some time. There is no guarantee a request will result in more aid or different types of aid awarded to you.

  1. Click the link to download the Special Consideration request form 2014-2015
  2. Review the circumstances below to determine which supporting documentation you will need to submit.
  3. Submit your Special Consideration statement and supporting documentation to the address fax or email address listed above.  

Listed below are reasons for Special Consideration.  All listed documentation can be opened by the links provided.

Unemployment Special Consideration

If you, your spouse or a parent (if you are a dependent student) is unemployed, please submit the following documentation dated within 90 days:

  • A copy of the letter recently received from the state unemployment office: or
  • A copy of an unemployment benefits notice or statement: or
  • A copy of the layoff or termination notice
  • And the 2014-2015 unemployment status form.

Elementary and Secondary Tuition Costs

If you/your parent(s) paid tuition for private education in 2013, please provide the following:

  • A statement from the school(s) verifying the total paid in calendar year 2013 for each child, excluding the student entering Davenport. 
  • 2014-2015 Institutional Verification Form
  • Submit a signed copy of your 2013 federal tax return
  • Submit a signed copy of your parent’s 2013 federal tax return (Dependent students only) 

Number in Household Attending College

If your parent(s) attend or will attend college, please complete the enclosed form:

Unusually High Medical/Dental Expenses Paid

If you/your parent(s) paid excessive medical expenses not covered by insurance or any other source in 2013, please provide the following:

  • Submit a signed copy of your 2013 federal tax return.
  • Submit a signed copy of your parent’s 2013 federal tax return (Dependent students only)
  • A signed copy of Schedule A (Itemized Deductions) from the 2013 federal tax returns OR receipts verifying medical/dental expenses PAID in 2013.
  • 2014-2015 Institutional Verification Form

Income Reduction

If you/your parent(s) experienced a change to income in 2014.

Unemployment or Change of Employment:

  • Submit a signed copy of your 2013 federal tax return including all schedules and W2’s.
  • Submit a signed copy of your parent’s 2013 federal tax return including all schedules and W2’s. (Dependent students only)
  • Copies of the last paycheck stubs from all 2014 employment:  Student  /  Spouse  /  Parent(Dependent students only)
  • A copy of the latest unemployment check stub with the number of weeks benefits were or will be received in 2013:  Student  /  Spouse  /  Parent (Dependent students only)
  • Estimate of Gross Income Worksheet for 2014-2015 Dependent or 2014-2015 Independent student. 
  • 2014-2015 Institutional Verification Form

Separation/Divorce/Death of Parent or Spouse:

  • Please submit supporting documentation (separation/divorce papers, death certificate)
  • Estimate of Gross Income Worksheet for 2014-2015 Dependent or 2014-2015 Independent student.
  • 2014-2015 Institutional Verification Form
  • Submit a signed copy of your 2013 federal tax return including all schedules and W2’s.
  • Submit a signed copy of your parent's 2013 federal tax return including all schedules and W2’s. (Dependent students only)

Receipt of One Time Income in 2014

(IRA/pension distribution, capital gain, bonus, etc.)

  • Please submit documentation verifying the nature and amount of this income.
  • Estimate of Gross Income Worksheet for 2014-2015 Dependent or 2014-2015 Independent student.
  • 2014-2015 Institutional Verification Form
  • Submit a signed copy of your 2013 federal tax return including all schedules and W2’s.
  • Submit a signed copy of your parent’s 2013 federal tax return including all schedules and W2’s. (Dependent students only)

Steps for 2013-2014

Special Consideration requests require careful review and additional processing time, so it will take some time. There is no guarantee a request will result in more aid or different types of aid awarded to you.

  1. Click the link to download the Special Consideration request form 2013-2014
  2. Review the circumstances below to determine which supporting documentation you will need to submit.
  3. Submit your Special Consideration statement and supporting documentation to the address fax or email address listed above.  

Listed below are reasons for Special Consideration.  All listed documentation can be opened by the links provided.

Unemployment Special Consideration

If you, your spouse or a parent (if you are a dependent student) is unemployed, please submit the following documentation dated within 90 days:

  • A copy of the letter recently received from the state unemployment office: or
  • A copy of an unemployment benefits notice or statement: or
  • A copy of the layoff or termination notice
  • And the 2013-2014 unemployment status form.

Elementary and Secondary Tuition Costs

If you/your parent(s) paid tuition for private education in 2012, please provide the following:

  • A statement from the school(s) verifying the total paid in calendar year 2012 for each child, excluding the student entering Davenport. 
  • 2013-2014 Institutional Verification Form
  • Submit a signed copy of your 2012 federal tax return
  • Submit a signed copy of your parent’s 2012 federal tax return (Dependent students only) 

Number in Household Attending College

If your parent(s) attend or will attend college, please complete the enclosed form:

Unusually High Medical/Dental Expenses Paid

If you/your parent(s) paid excessive medical expenses not covered by insurance or any other source in 2012, please provide the following:

  • Submit a signed copy of your 2012 federal tax return.
  • Submit a signed copy of your parent’s 2012 federal tax return (Dependent students only)
  • A signed copy of Schedule A (Itemized Deductions) from the 2012 federal tax returns OR receipts verifying medical/dental expenses PAID in 2012.
  • 2013-2014 Institutional Verification Form

Income Reduction

If you/your parent(s) experienced a change to income in 2013.

Unemployment or Change of Employment:

  • Submit a signed copy of your 2012 federal tax return including all schedules and W2’s.
  • Submit a signed copy of your parent’s 2012 federal tax return including all schedules and W2’s. (Dependent students only)
  • Copies of the last paycheck stubs from all 2013 employment:  Student  /  Spouse  /  Parent(Dependent students only)
  • A copy of the latest unemployment check stub with the number of weeks benefits were or will be received in 2012:  Student  /  Spouse  /  Parent (Dependent students only)
  • Estimate of Gross Income Worksheet for 2013-2014 Dependent or 2013-2014 Independent student. 
  • 2013-2014 Institutional Verification Form

Separation/Divorce/Death of Parent or Spouse:

  • Please submit supporting documentation (separation/divorce papers, death certificate)
  • Estimate of Gross Income Worksheet for 2013-2014 Dependent or 2013-2014 Independent student.
  • 2013-2014 Institutional Verification Form
  • Submit a signed copy of your 2012 federal tax return including all schedules and W2’s.
  • Submit a signed copy of your parent's 2012 federal tax return including all schedules and W2’s. (Dependent students only)

Receipt of One Time Income in 2013

(IRA/pension distribution, capital gain, bonus, etc.)

  • Please submit documentation verifying the nature and amount of this income.
  • Estimate of Gross Income Worksheet for 2013-2014 Dependent or 2013-2014 Independent student.
  • 2013-2014 Institutional Verification Form
  • Submit a signed copy of your 2012 federal tax return including all schedules and W2’s.
  • Submit a signed copy of your parent’s 2012 federal tax return including all schedules and W2’s. (Dependent students only)