Special Circumstances Consideration

We recognize that the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) may not always provide a clear picture of your current financial situation.  If your financial circumstances have changed since you submitted the FAFSA, you may request a reevaluation of your financial aid eligibility.

Circumstances that will be considered include the following:


  • Loss of employment
  • Other loss of income or benefits
  • Separation or divorce
  • Death of a parent or spouse
  • High medical and/or dental expenses that will not be reimbursed

To initiate the special circumstances process, please see the Special Circumstances Appeal Checklist.  This will outline the necessary items that need to be submitted for each particular circumstance.  All forms for the Special Circumstance Appeal can be found here.

Satisfactory Academic Progress

Appeal Procedure: Cancellation of financial aid because of a student’s failure to meet Satisfactory Academic Progress may be appealed if extenuating circumstances (illness, family problems, death of a family member, etc.) led to academic difficulties. The appeal must include information explaining why the student failed to meet Satisfactory Academic Progress; what has changed in the student’s situation that would allow the student to demonstrate Satisfactory Academic Progress at the next evaluation; a realistic educational plan that outlines how the student will meet the SAP criteria; and a meeting with an academic advisor to assess the viability of the educational plan to meet the degree requirements. The student’s appeal must be in writing and submitted to the Financial Aid Appeal Committee.
An appeal may be approved only if:
  • The student will be able to meet Satisfactory Academic Progress standards after the subsequent payment period,
  • The student submits an academic plan that, if followed, will ensure that the student is able to meet Satisfactory Academic Progress standards by a specific point in time.
An appeal to reinstate financial aid must be received at least thirty days prior to the anticipated term of enrollment.

Probation: If the student’s appeal is approved, he/she may continue to receive Title IV aid for one additional payment period. SAP will be monitored at the end of the probationary period.
Reinstatement: A student may regain eligibility for financial aid once the student has met the minimum requirements of Satisfactory Academic Progress.
It is the student’s responsibility to contact the Office of Financial Aid to request a review of his/her Satisfactory Academic Progress for reinstatement of assistance.


Download the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy and Appeal Form

Merit Appeals

Many scholarships offered by Benedictine University have requirements for renewal.  These requirements are found on the back of your award letter.  Failure to meet these requirements will result in the loss of these merit funds.  You will receive a letter detailing what funds will be lost.

If you feel you have extenuating circumstances that resulted in the loss of your academic scholarship, you may submit an appeal letter.  This letter should describe the circumstance as well as what actions you plan to take to achieve the requirements in the future.  Submit your letter to the Office of Financial Aid as soon as possible after receiving your letter.
Office of Financial Aid
Lownik Hall - Main Floor
Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Email: financialaid@ben.edu
Phone: (630) 829-6100
Fax: (630) 829-6101