Financial Aid

Change of Income Review



The Change of Income Review / Professional Judgement (PJ) process is used to reevaluate financial aid eligibility based upon special circumstances that have affected a family’s income. When there are extenuating circumstances that impact federal student aid eligibility, the Office of Financial Aid may exercise professional judgement on a case by case basis.

Reviews are considered after a student has been offered their financial aid package.

To expedite the Change of Income Review process, we have partnered with Inceptia and will use the PJ Advisor online portal. PJ Advisor is an accessible, intuitive tool that will guide you through the process to request a professional judgement review.


What Happens Next?

Start your request by accessing the PJ Advisor for the appropriate academic year. Reviews begin after March 1.



You (or a parent, spouse, or legal guardian) will need to do the following*:

  • Create an account
  • Select your situational factor(s)
  • Explain your situation in detail; Tell us your story
  • Upload supporting documentation, and
  • E-sign or upload the signature page


* Dependent students who provided parental information on the FAFSA are required to have one parent signature on the signature page once all documentation has been submitted.


Upon receipt of all required documents, Western Connecticut State University will conduct a preliminary review to ensure the submission is accurate and complete. You will be notified via email if there are any questions or if any additional documentation is required. Once the submission is verified as complete, the Office of Financial Aid will review for final determination and contact you with the results.

Submission of a Change of Income Review request does not guarantee a change in eligibility or additional financial assistance.


NOTE:  The deadline for submitting a 2022-2023 Change of Income Review request is May 1, 2023.

The deadline for submitting a 2023-2024 Change of Income Review request is April 15, 2024.



If you have any questions about the appeal process, please contact us at 203-837-8580 or wcsufinancialaid@wcsu.educreate new email.



About Inceptia

Inceptia, a division of National Student Loan Program (NSLP), is a nonprofit organization committed to helping schools launch brilliant futures for their students. Inceptia achieves this goal by offering effective and uncomplicated financial aid management solutions in such key areas as default prevention, verification and financial education. Learn more at