Special Circumstance Appeal 2020-2021
Instructions & Processing Information
To be considered for this review, you must submit a detailed letter outlining your circumstances. When applicable, students
should also submit relevant documentation. If you were selected by the Department of Education for federal verification and
you have not yet submitted the necessary documents, please submit those as well.
A staff member will email you to confirm receipt of your appeal. Additional information may be required throughout the
process, so check your Illinois Tech hawk email regularly. This process will take up to two weeks once all requested
documentation is submitted. Please note additional funding is not guaranteed.
Last Name First Name
Campus-Wide ID (A#) Telephone Number
Please review the list of suggested documentation and submit what is relevant to your situation. Appeals lacking adequate
documentation will not be considered complete and will not be reviewed.
This form (required) Unemployment benefit statement
Letter explaining your current situation (required)
Letter from employer (job loss/ reduction in hours) Insurance coverage/ claim
Last paystub for household earners Signed and dated Tax return
By signing this form, I certify this information to be accurate and representative of my current financial situation.
Student Signature (must print and sign) Date Parent Signature (dependent students only) Date
The purpose of the Special Circumstance Appeal process is to give the Office of Financial Aid a
more accurate and detailed description of your current financial situation. This process allows
our office to consider students in financial hardship for additional aid based on a student’s need.
The deadlines to appeal for the 2020-21 academic year are November 9 (Fall 2020) and April 5
(Spring 2021). Summer appeals must be submitted by the end of the session in which you
are enrolled. Special Circumstance Appeals for summer are accepted on a case-by-case basis, as
funding for this term is extremely limited.
Office of Financial Aid
Perlstein Hall, 206
10 W. 33
Chicago, IL 60616