Changes to Your Family’s Financial Situation

 

Most “extenuating circumstances” experienced by our students and their families are covered under the Professional Judgement appeal.  If your situation does not fall under one of the categories outlined in the Professional Judgement application you may be a candidate for the Cost of Attendance Appeal.

Please Do Not Submit Both Appeal Applications.

 

Professional Judgement

If you or your family’s financial situation has changed significantly from what is reflected on the federal income tax return used for your FAFSA for example:

  • Involuntary Unemployment of a family member or independent student
  • Involuntary drop in income
  • Other circumstances (ex. Loss of a parent or spouse, divorce, etc.)

You may be eligible to have your financial aid adjusted.

Steps to complete Professional Judgment Apeal application process

  1. Have a current FAFSA on file

  2. Meet requirements under significant change in financial situation

  1. Complete the Professional Judgment Form
  1. Review the attached Professional Judgment form which lists other documentation necessary for your specific situation. Please do not return this form without including your personal statement, all completed and signed paperwork.
  1. Drop off, mail or fax the Professional Judgment form with all the required documents to the Levelland Financial Aid Office or any Student Support Office on any other campus
  1. Once we receive your application, please allow 2-3 weeks for processing

Cost of Attendence (COA)

The Cost of Attendance (COA) represents the average expenses paid by South Plains College students in various circumstances. The COA helps determine your financial aid offer. 

If you or your family's financial situation has changed significantly from what is reflected on the federal income tax return used on your FAFSA for example:

  • Childcare expenses
  • Disability expenses (that do not qualify for Professional Judgment appeal)
  • Unforseen Financial Hardship Not reflected in COA (that do not qualify for Professional Judgment appeal)
  • Changes or Updates of Housing Plans - Your housing Budget is initially determined by what you put on the FAFSA
  • other (i.e. houshold budget insecurities)

Steps to complete COA Appeal application process

You may be eligible to have your financial aid eligibiliey or cost of attendance adjusted.

  1. Have a current FAFSA on file

  2. Meet requirements under significant change in financial situation

  1. Complete the COA Appeal

  1. Review the attached COA Appeal form which lists other documentation necessary for your specific situation. Please do not return this form without all completed and signed paperwork.

  1. Drop off, mail or fax the COA  appeal form with all the required documents to the Levelland Financial Aid Office or any Student Support Office on any other campus

  1. Once we receive your application, please allow 2-3 weeks for processing


***NOTE***

Submitting either of the applications above does not  guarantee an adjustment in your financial aid awards or eligibility.  You will be notified through email, once your application has been reviewed. the school's decision is final and cannot be appealed to the U.S. Department of Education.

 

If you have questions or concerns please feel free to contact our office for assistance.

Phone: 806.894.9611 ext:3800 email: finaid@southplainscollege.edu or in office at Levelland, Lubbock, or Plainview