What should I do if I have special circumstances, not reflected on my application?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Financial advisor Brad Barnett discusses what to do if you have special circumstances, not reflected on your application.

    Brad Barnett

    Brad received his Bachelor of Science degree from Southern Arkansas University, with a major in Psychology and a minor in Business.  He furthered his education by graduating from the Medical College of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University with a Master of Science degree in Rehabilitation Counseling, specializing in Mental Health.  He has been involved in the financial aid and/or rehabilitation professions for the past 15 years. Brad, a Past President of the Virginia Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (VASFAA), currently serves as the Senior Associate Director of Financial Aid & Scholarships for James Madison University.  Immediately prior to JMU, he served as an Assistant Director of the Financial Aid Office at Virginia Commonwealth University.  Brad has presented numerous sessions at state, regional, and national conferences, and has served on a variety of association committees.  In addition to speaking at professional conferences, Brad has conducted an abundance of workshops and presentations in non-conference environments, including teaching a credit based financial literacy course at JMU entitled “Dollars and Sense.”  Many of the topics Brad’s speaks on include communication, leadership, values, financial aid policies and procedures, financial literacy, and saving for college.  He has also facilitated strategic planning and value development retreats.

    Host: What should I do I if have special circumstances not reflected on my applications?

    Brad Barnett: Depending on which financial aid application you are completing, it may or may not ask for special circumstance information. I know the FAFSFA does not; so, if there is anything that s special in your life like unusual medical expenses or death in the family or something that is really pertaining to your family situation, but it's not on the FASFA, then you need to let the Financial Aid Officer at your college know. At times, we can account for those special circumstances that aren t on the application and increase your eligibility, but we won t be able to do that unless you contact us and let us know what s going on.