What Is The Most Common Professional Judgement (PJ) Adjustment Request Your Office Receives?

Under the Higher Education Act of 1965, financial aid administrators have the authority to make Professional Judgment (PJ) adjustments for students who have special circumstances. We're curious... what is the PJ adjustment request related to cost of attendance (COA) your office receives most frequently? Please take a second to complete this poll to let us know what type of request you get most often. Once you've submitted your answer you'll be able to see how your office compares to that of your peers. If you selected "other" as your answer, let us know in the comments section below what the most common adjustment request you receive is.

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Publication Date: 10/30/2014


Sonia M | 4/13/2017 6:8:06 PM

What thoughts do we have about students resigning from their job to change career without a secure positon in the new career?

Gayane D | 1/27/2015 3:8:11 AM

Special circumstances instances, such as decrease in parents' salaries, loss of a family member..

Elaine H | 11/5/2014 3:20:52 PM

Hands down, loss or reduction in income.

Charles S | 11/5/2014 11:29:30 AM

I would concur with my fellow colleagues that Income Adjustments are almost 100% of our professional judgements.

Nancy M | 11/5/2014 9:59:29 AM

Loss of income due to change in employment, often due to illness of parent.

Ruth C | 11/5/2014 9:54:09 AM

Job loss and requests to disallow one-time income account for most of our PJ requests.

Nancy H | 11/5/2014 9:38:27 AM

Reduction of income due to job loss are 90% of our requests

Linda G | 11/5/2014 9:27:25 AM

Linda G
Close to 90% of our PJ are related to change of income due to loss of job (Gen 09-05) or using projected 2014 income for a Pell recalculation.

Robert W | 11/5/2014 9:19:22 AM

Change of income due to loss of job or move or death of parent. Almost 100% of ours are in this area.

Bob Walker
Itawamba Community College

Koren S | 11/5/2014 9:5:56 AM

Our unusual circumstance students have parents who've lost jobs or have changed jobs but are now seeing a decrease in pay.

Michael R | 11/4/2014 5:40:10 PM

For us the category of personal expenses and transportation are the ones most common

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