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Request for Revision Procedure

What is a Request for Revision (RFR)?

When a student completes the FAFSA, financial aid eligibility is calculated on the income from a base year. When that income changes drastically, or the student has various other unexpected circumstances, the Financial Aid Office has the ability to adjust the financial aid award on a case-by-case basis to compensate for the change in situation.

When can a student complete an RFR?

Students can initiate the RFR procedure after they have received their initial financial aid award letter. A request can be initiated anytime through April 1st for the award year for which you are seeking the revision. All paperwork must be submitted by May 1st or the student forfeits their right to have their account considered for review. All students applying for RFR, if not previously selected by the Department of Education, will be institutionally selected for verification to ensure all information is accurately reported. Please view the Important Dates section for the current year's RFR dates.

Examples of situations that might be eligible for an RFR:

  • Loss of employment for student, spouse, or parent (if student is a dependent student).
  • Unusually high medical bills
  • Unusually high daycare costs.
  • Unusually high elder care costs.
  • Death of a spouse, or parent if student is a dependent student.
  • Divorce of a student, or divorce of parent if student is a dependent student.

Examples of situations that DO NOT qualify for an RFR:

  • High mortgage/rent payments.
  • High or new car payments.
  • A marriage after the FAFSA has been filled out for the school year.
  • Birth of a child.

How to initiate an RFR

If you’ve read the examples listed above and think you might have a situation that qualifies for an RFR please contact a Student Finance Specialist to discuss your situation further. They can be reached at or by calling 262-564-2392.