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Financial Aid Special Circumstances Appeal

Life Changes. We'd like to help however we can.

A Special Circumstances Appeal may be something appropriate for you to submit.

We are aware that many students and families have been impacted by the current pandemic in different ways, and we want you to know that we are here to support you however we can. If you have lost employment or have experienced a significant reduction in income due to COVID-19, we may be able to adjust the income on your 2022-23 FAFSA to reflect your current financial standing.


Due to the volume of requests that we are likely to receive, along with trying to make this process as smooth as possible, we ask you to complete the following two steps before submitting your materials to us. Please know that we are trying to do everything that we can to help you and your family, but our responses may be delayed due to the amount of adjustments requested.

Step 1:

If you have lost employment, or have a significant reduction in your earnings, please compare your current estimated 2022 earnings to what was reported on your 2022-23 FAFSA. Since the FAFSA uses your 2020 income and tax information, it is possible that your 2020 income is lower than your projected 2022 income. For example, if you are a student and lost your job as a mail clerk in March of 2022, but in 2020, you were 16 years old and did not have a job or income, you would already have reported $0 in earnings for the year on the student section of the FAFSA. In this case, there would be nothing for our office to adjust.

Please check the information submitted on your FAFSA (both earnings and individuals reported on the FAFSA) to ensure that the income you need reduced is already reported on the FAFSA. You can check your processed FAFSA at

Step 2:

If the income reported on the FAFSA does need to be adjusted due to a significant change in income, please complete our 2022-23 Appeal for Special Circumstances Form.

How to submit:

This form must be signed and submitted to us, along with all required documentation. You may submit both the request form and all documentation as one email to Cathy Hardy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please note, email is the preferred way of sending us your documents. When submitting by email, all documentation must be sent from your college email, and must be sent using the “encrypt” feature for data security purposes. Request forms that are missing signatures, supporting documents, or that are submitted in multiple emails will take longer to process.

To submit documentation by mail, please send to:
Naugatuck Valley Community College
Office of Financial Aid
Kinney Hall, K512
750 Chase Parkway
Waterbury, CT 06708


Our Financial Aid team is working virtually to assist you.  Please see our virtual webex times to speak with a financial aid team member or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.