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Special Circumstances

Occasionally families experience changes in income and/or resources such as:

  • loss of job(s) or benefit income
  • one-time nonrecurring income
  • separation or divorce of student or parent
  • death of a parent or student's spouse
  • excessive medical expenses not covered by insurance
  •  other catastrophic event affecting family income

As a result of these unexpected changes students and/or parents have the right to file a Special Circumstance Petition. All requests must include supporting documentation. Failing to provide proper documentation will result in a denial of the petition. Students with approved petitions will be notified of changes via their ECU email account.