Special Circumstances

Here at Lamar Institute of Technology, we recognize there may be circumstances that affect your eligibility for aid, which are not reflected on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application.  If the information filed on the FAFSA does not reflect your current financial situation due to "special circumstances", you may submit the Special Circumstance Request form.  By submitting this form, you are requesting the Financial Aid Office to make adjustments to the data on your FAFSA, to more accurately reflect you and/or your family's current financial situation.

We have developed guidelines to help you understand what we consider to be "special circumstances" for approving a Special Circumstance Request.  See below.

Students impacted by COVID-19 in one of the following ways may submit a request for special circumstance consideration.

How to Apply for a Special Circumstance:

  1. Complete a FAFSA Application
  2. If selected for verification, complete the verification process
  3. Submit the Special Circumstance Request form, along with documentation, to the Financial Aid Office
  4. Allow 7 to 10 business days for the Financial Aid office to review your request
  5. Monitor your LIT email account for notification of approval or denial
Please note: There are instances, where although your situtation may qualify as a "Special Circumstance", adjusting the income information on your FAFSA will not result in an increase to your financial aid award.  In these cases, your request may be denied.  Also Special Circumstance requests for the same situation will not be granted for multiple aid years unless approved by the Director of Financial Aid.


The Following are not Considered Special Circumstances:

  • ​Standard Living Expenses
  • Consumer Debt
  • Travel/Vacation Expenses
  • Tithes/Charitable Contributions
  • Fraternity/Sorority Dues


What does Lamar Institute of Technology Consider as a Special Circumstance?