Professional Judgment for Loss of Income due to COVID-19 Pandemic

Lewis-Clark State College is dedicated to helping students and families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 2021-22 FAFSA is calculated using 2019 income figures, however, we understand this may not reflect current financial situations. If your family income has significantly changed since your original FAFSA filing, we can re-evaluate your eligibility using actual 2020 income or estimated 2021 income. Please note, a significant change in income does not guarantee an increase in federal financial aid eligibility.

Decisions are made 2-4 weeks from the date a completed Professional Judgment packet is submitted and verification, if applicable, is finalized. All communication related to the Professional Judgment will be sent via LCMail. If additional documentation is needed, but not provided, processing time will be extended. See steps below for submitting a Professional Judgment for loss of income.

**Students who have been selected for verification MUST complete that process before their Professional Judgment request can be reviewed. If applicable, check WarriorWeb for required verification documents.**

Complete the Following Steps:

  1. Complete the Professional Judgment Request Form.
  2. Submit a signed letter outlining the circumstances resulting in the change in income.
  3. Submit non-returnable copies of applicable documentation, see below.

Submit applicable paperwork for each person impacted:

  • 2020 tax return, tax schedules and all 2020 W-2(s).
  • Official letter/proof from employer confirming employment status change (termination letter that includes the last date of employment, full-time to part-time, etc.) or similar documentation.
  • Documentation of any additional resources or benefits received (2020 unemployment benefits, etc.).

Submit applicable paperwork for each person impacted:

  • Proof of income from 01/01/2021 to present, including most recent paystub(s).
  • Projection of total income to be earned between 01/01/2021 and 12/31/2021.
  • Official letter/proof from employer confirming employment status change (termination letter that includes the last date of employment, full-time to part-time, etc.) or similar documentation.
  • Documentation of any additional resources or benefits received (2021 unemployment benefits, etc.).