Special Consideration Application

We know that a lot can happen between the time you submit your taxes for the FAFSA and when you come to BGSU - Student Financial Aid and Scholarships wants to help any way we can. If you or a family member has faced financial hardship, job loss, or a significant change affecting household income, you may be able to submit a Special Consideration Application (SCAP). Use the resources below to find out if this is the right step for you.

If you have faced difficulties due to COVID-19, you may complete a Special Consideration Application (SCAP). Please know, if you submit an application due to COVID-19, processing times will be longer than usual as we estimate your 2020 financial outlook using the most up-to-date information.


Commonly Asked Questions 

In financial aid, there is a process called Special Consideration Application, or “SCAP”. SCAP's are designed to help families that are now in a different financial situation than what is reported on the FAFSA. If you have experienced significant financial loss, you may qualify for additional financial aid for the current or upcoming aid year.

If you feel that your financial situation is significantly different than your 2018 tax information, we encourage you to start a Special Consideration Application. Student Financial Aid and Scholarships will review your application and request further information that supports the information you provide in your application.

We recommend submitting your SCAP once you or a family member has faced financial hardship. SCAPs can be processed at any time of the school year. 

For cases not related to COVID-19: Once SFA has received all requested documents, processing will take 2 - 3 weeks.

For cases related to COVID-19: SFA will begin processing SCAPs this summer. It is still recommended that you submit all requested documents as soon as you are able. SFA will work with you to ensure you have all of the necessary documents to ensure timely processing times. 

For the initial application, you don't need any specific documentation or materials. However, once you submit a SCAP, SFA will request specific documents depending on what you indicated in your application. Any additional documentation needed, will be listed in the student's To Do List located in their MyBGSU. 

Once a SCAP has been submitted, additional documents will be requested in the student's MyBGSU To Do List. SFA will need ALL requested documents before processing can begin. If you have any questions about the documents that are being requested, please reach out to SFA.

To view your To Do list, please follow the steps below:

  1. Log into your MyBGSU
  2. Visit your Student Center
  3. Select your Action Items

Is a Special Consideration Application right for you?

Use the flow chart to determine if a SCAP is right for you. Don't see your situation listed? Please call SFA to speak with a financial aid counselor, they will help you navigate what's right for you and your family. 

Are you ready to begin a SCAP? Scroll down to get started on your application today.

This flow chart can be used as a tool to help you understand if a Special Consideration Application is right for you and your family.

Ready to take next steps?

You can reach us by calling 419-372-2651 or by using our secure email AskSFA.

You can start your Special Consideration Application by selecting the orange button below.

Begin your Application