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Looking for more information about the HEERF grant or have questions related to financial aid and COVID-19? Visit our COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions page.
If your financial situation has changed, you may be eligible for a federal aid adjustment.
We understand that many students and families have experienced economic hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic and other extenuating circumstances. Yet, your FAFSA may not accurately reflect these changes.
If you have experienced a change in income, you can request a professional judgment review from UB’s Financial Aid Office. Professional judgment means that our advisors can re-evaluate your FAFSA, which could potentially adjust the amount of federal aid you receive. Documentation of extenuating circumstances is required.
Some examples of extenuating circumstances that qualify for a professional judgment review include:
- Loss of employment.
- Involuntary loss of income due to reduced hours or shutdowns due to COVID-19 during 2020 or 2021.
- Loss of untaxed income (e.g., child support, alimony, retirement/pension, social security, worker’s compensation).
- Separation or divorce.
- Death of parent or spouse.
- Medical/dental expenses not covered by insurance.
- One-time taxable income used for a life-changing event.
Please note that if your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is already $0 or if you are a graduate student, a professional judgment review will not impact your situation. However, other options may be available to you, so we encourage you to reach out to our Financial Aid COVID-19 support team.
Every student’s situation is unique and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. The first step is to contact a financial aid advisor. We are here to help!
Information is subject to change without notice due to changes in federal, state and/or institutional rules and regulations. Students must complete a FAFSA every year. Students must be making satisfactory academic progress to continue to receive financial aid.