Carroll University Professional Judgement Policy | Special Circumstances

Carroll University Financial Aid Office recognizes that students and their families may have extenuating financial circumstances that the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) does not consider. The Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA) provides the authority for the financial aid administrator to exercise discretion in a number of areas when a student has special or unusual circumstances. This authority is known as professional judgement (PJ) or special circumstances.

Professional Judgement is the process of reviewing an individual student's unique circumstances and exercising the option to change the data elements normally applied through the Department of Education Federal Methodology (FM) formula on the FAFSA application that helps compute a student’s Expected Family Contribution (EFC).  Decisions are made on a case-by case-basis, with proper documentation, as the result of examining the student’s unique circumstances.


Circumstances that may trigger the use of PJ at Carroll include the following examples:


Circumstances for which PJ is never used by Carroll University, or for which other PJ restrictions apply. Include examples such as:

Requesting a Professional Judgement

If your financial aid situation has changed or you have special circumstances that you wish for the financial aid office to consider, please contact our office to explain your situation and we can provide you with guidance on the next steps to follow.
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