Financial Aid
Receiving Financial Aid

Changes in Financial Circumstances

  • The FAFSA requests information about the most recent calendar year based on the assumption that the analysis of the most recent tax year is the best way to project a family's ability to contribute to their student's cost of education.  

    If a student's financial aid award in combination with what his or her family is able to contribute is not enough to meet the cost of attending Seattle University, and extenuating circumstances exist that change the student's overall financial status (such as medical and dental expenses not covered by insurance, loss of income, divorce or separation, or the costs of tuition for siblings or children attending private elementary and secondary institutions), the Student Financial Services Office will consider these to determine if the student has additional eligibility for financial aid. 

    Students who find themselves in this situation should contact the Student Financial Services Office to talk with a counselor.  The counselor will respond to a student's particular situation and advise if any additional information and documentation are required.