Special Condition and Professional Judgment

Special Condition/Professional Judgement

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: 518-581-2782

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: 0913
Graduate: 5680 (for graduate students applying for Veteran Tuition Awards)


Students planning to attend the spring 2 term starting in March 2017 should complete the 2016-2017 Free Application for Federal Student Aid.   Students who plan to attend starting in May 2017 or thereafter should apply for financial aid for 2017-2018 by submitting the 2017-2018 FAFSA.

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