What is Professional Judgment?
Professional Judgment is the review of a student’s eligibility for financial aid due to extenuating circumstances that may change the family’s ability to contribute to the student’s educational expenses. Through Professional Judgment, the Office of Financial Aid reviews the information submitted and may make appropriate changes to individual items on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) such as adjusted gross income, child support, etc. This authority is granted to financial aid offices through the Higher Education Amendments of 1992, as amended.
The Office of Financial Aid’s Professional Judgment policy serves to assist families by reviewing their special circumstances. In order to make appropriate adjustments and to be good stewards of our funding, we must have the most accurate information available concerning the family’s financial situation. Therefore, it is necessary to request documentation from the student and other parties as determined by the Office of Financial Aid to substantiate any claims of extenuating circumstances.