Special Condition and Professional Judgment

The information contained on this page is specific to Empire State College students.

Several specific circumstances exist that allow current year expected income instead of previous year income to be used to calculate a student's eligibility for a federal Pell grant. These conditions accommodate certain situations where a family's financial circumstances would be worse in the application year than in the previous year.

Expected year income or adjusted base year income will be used in a student's Pell grant eligibility calculation only if the student (or student's parent if dependent) meets a specific special condition. Students should provide appropriate documentation. The Financial Aid office's decision is final and cannot be appealed to the Department of Education.

Examples of Special Circumstances:

  • loss of employment
  • loss of earnings due to disability or natural disaster
  • loss of untaxed income or benefit
  • separation or divorce
  • death
  • substantial change in income
  • one-time source of income
  • unusual medical expenses
  • secondary and elementary tuition expenses

Special Condition Application: If you feel that you meet one of the criteria above and can document your claim, you can complete and submit a Special Condition Application online. After submitting the online application, you will need to submit documentation of your special circumstance to the Financial Aid office.

Please note that if your EFC (Expected Family Contribution) is already zero, you should not complete the special condition application, since completing this form would not result in any additional aid.

Contact Us


Fax: 518-580-4863

Mailing Address: 
Empire State College
Financial Aid
111 West Ave.
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Questions? Contact the Student Information Center at 518-587-2100 or 800-847-3000.


Code: 010286
Name: SUC Empire State College

TAP Codes

Undergraduate Associate: 0916

Undergraduate Bachelor's: 0913

Graduate: 5680 (for graduate students applying for Veteran Tuition Awards)


If you are attending the spring 2020 term, the deadline to have all financial aid applications, additional financial aid requirements/documents and appeals submitted and any student loans accepted was December 6, 2019 in order ensure the processing of your aid eligibility by the spring payment deadline.

For students planning to enroll beginning in May 2020 or thereafter, the 2020-2021 FAFSA application is now available to complete.

You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the PDF files on this site. If Acrobat Reader is not installed on your computer, you can download it for free from Adobe's site. If you are still unable to view the file, please contact us at financialaid@esc.edu or call 800-847-3000.

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