Student Financial Services comprises expert staff from the Offices of Financial Aid and Student Accounts. Our staff is equipped to assist students to access the financial resources needed to meet educational costs from Admissions through graduation.

Student Aid Opportunities 

American Rescue Act Special circumstances GUIDANCE

Students with documented ‘Special Circumstances’ that negatively affects you/your family’s financial situation- such as state unemployment receipts- could be eligible for a financial aid adjustment of higher financial aid award. For example, because of COVID-19 some employers have shut down, reduced work hours, furloughed employees and others may not have been able to work due to illness. Your campus financial aid office may be able to review your special circumstances to adjust the amount of financial aid you receive or would have received.

If your family has experienced a change in income due to unusual, special circumstances, your campus financial aid office has Professional Judgement and U.S. Department of Education guided flexibility to re-evaluate your situation for the following reasons:

  • Loss of job or permanent/indefinite reduction of work hours

  • Separation or divorce

  • Personal bankruptcy that occurs during the current financial aid year

  • Death of a member of your immediate family

  • Reduction/loss of child support

  • High non-reimbursed medical expense.

  • Your parents took money out of their pension/retirement plan as a one-time payment to help cover expenses

  • Other documented special circumstances outside of the student’s control

To apply, download the American Rescue Plan Act (HEERF III) Special Circumstance form. Please remember to also send the appropriate documentation as stated on the form to support your Special Circumstance.

You may mail, fax, email, or drop off your completed Special Circumstance form along with all the required documentation to the Financial Aid Office. 

Please note: If the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) on the student’s FAFSA is “0", the student is already receiving the maximum in federal grant aid. However, we encourage students to pursue an income adjustment with the Financial Aid Office as we may be able to increase a student's budget (with proper documentation) for other cost of attendance components, provide information about SNAP benefits, food pantry services, and reduced internet costs.

Disclaimer: Although Federal Financial aid appeal decisions (Special Circumstances) are at the discretion of the campus and are based on guidance provided by the U.S. Department of Education and are completed on a case-by-case basis with all decisions considered final, not all changes in financial circumstances will result in increased financial assistance and Maritime will make every effort to assist students in need. 

Higher Education emergency relief Funds (HEERF)

Funding is available for students who have financial expenses including food, housing, course materials, technology and computer, health care, dependent care, transportation, and other expenses under the cost of attendance related to the disruption of campus operations. 

Learn more and apply

Student Accounts Video Presentation

Please view this presentation regarding general student account information: 

Financial Aid Video Presentation

chat loading...