Professional Judgment Request for Budget Increases

 

General Budget Increases and Dependent Care

If your actual school-related expenses are higher than our estimated cost of attendance, you may request a budget increase.  Reasonable budget increases are considered on a case-by-case basis, subject to federal and university policy.  Prior indebtedness will be considered in determining whether your budget appeal will be approved.   

Contact a Financial Aid Counselor at faid@sgu.edu to request an increase in the cost of attendance and to discuss eligibility and the necessary documentation.

Based upon documentation of your special circumstances, your Financial Aid Counselor may use Professional Judgment in order to increase the cost of attendance.

Although your cost of attendance can be increased for these items, it is recommended that you are conservative in increasing your level of debt.  Budget increase requests for less than $100 will not be considered.

General Budget Increase Request form

 

Budget Increase: Computer Purchase Only

Students are eligible to apply for a budget increase for the purchase of a computer.  The maximum amount that your budget may be increased is the lesser of the purchase price of the computer or $1,800. Students are eligible to receive one budget increase for a computer purchase throughout their enrollment at SGU.

This $1,800 limit was determined by comparing the average price of computers available on the market, to the minimum specifications recommended by SGU.  Computer warranties/service plans and applicable software/peripherals were considered in determining the maximum allowable increase.

To view SGU minimum specifications, please visit: https://www.sgu.edu/it-computer-recommendations/

Please note:

This budget increase is for computers only. Tablets may be considered only if they meet SGU minimum specifications (i.e. Microsoft Surface Pro). Moderately priced computer accessories, that are deemed essential to a student's academic program, may be considered as part of the budget increase. These determinations will be made on a case by case basis and cannot exceed the $1,800 limit. It is strongly recommended that you contact your Financial Aid Counselor prior to purchasing these items to determine if they are eligible for the increase.  iPads, tablets not meeting SGU minimum specifications, printers, cell phones, or unnecessary computer accessories will not be considered.  

Computer purchase receipt date must be within one year of submitting request for budget increase. 

Budget Increase Request form - Computer Only

 

Budget Increase Request - ERAS Application Expenses

Starting September 5, 2019, students are able to submit residency program applications through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) using MyERAS website.  U.S. Federal loan recipients may be eligible for additional Grad PLUS loans to help cover some of the expense incurred from these applications.

If you incur residency application expenses and require additional funding to meet these costs, please click on this portal to submit a budget increase request. 

ERAS Budget Increase Request Portal

The cost of up to 150 applications will be considered and students must be currently enrolled in the MD program. If approved, your Grad PLUS loan will be increased by this amount and an additional refund issued.

Please be advised that increase requests may take up to two weeks to process and are considered a reimbursement, as residency application fees must be paid in full prior to requesting a loan increase.

Increase requests must be processed prior to completing your clinical rotation requirement of 80 weeks. If you are nearing the end of your required rotations, please submit your request as soon as possible to help to ensure it will be processed prior to the end of your loan period.