Your Current Financial Situation
When you complete the FAFSA, the government requires you to report information from two years prior. Circumstances can drastically change in two years, which can affect your ability to pay for your education. As a result, you may be eligible for a Professional Judgment.
Professional Judgment refers to the school’s authority to make adjustments, on a case-by-case basis, to information reported on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) so that the Department of Education can recalculate the Expected Family Contribution (EFC).The purpose of Professional Judgment is to determine an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) that reflects a family’s current financial situation.