16. You May (Unfortunately) Be Special
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Life happens- job changes, periods of unemployment, unusual medical expense, etc. And yet you still need to send your children to college.
All is not ‘lost’ as each school’s financial aid administrator (FAA) has the capability of changing your FAFSA’s data elements for ‘Special Cases’ in what is called ‘Professional Judgment.’
Think of the FAFSA as a data collection tool that takes a defined year’s tax return and assets as of the date the FAFSA is completed. Much can happen between this and when the child goes to his/her first class. For example, using a 2015 tax return for tuition payments beginning in 2017 is great in times of continuous employment… but not likely to represent the actual current situation.