The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) determines your financial aid eligibility using income information from two years prior to the start of the school year. This is to ensure that income information is available to a student when the FAFSA application process opens each year, and allows them to submit the application as soon as possible. However, we know that circumstances can change.
If you and/or your parents have experienced a decrease in income or major financial change (see below), we can review your FAFSA eligibility to see if the change in circumstance results in a change to your eligibility. Examples of changes that may affect your financial aid include:
Loss of employment (typically a 10-week loss)
Reduction of wages
Death of a parent or spouse
Divorce or separation
Loss of benefit (such as child support, worker’s compensation, alimony)
To start the review process, please email our office at FinancialAid@IllinoisState.edu with the details of the change. Be sure to include: your name, UID, the nature of the change, as well as the date it happened. A financial aid counselor will contact you to let you know what kind of documentation will be needed to review your FAFSA eligibility.