Hardship Refund Documentation Requirements
Personal Statement of Hardship:
Your statement of hardship is a narrative, your personal voice, to explain and convey your non-academic emergency to the Hardship Refund Committee. It is essential that you give accurate details about the circumstances surrounding your hardship, date(s) of the emergency, and an account of how the situation specifically impacted your studies. In addition, you must provide official documentation that supports and is consistent with your statement of hardship.
Medical Hardship (e.g., physical or psychological emergencies):
Type-written correspondence on office letterhead from a physician, psychologist, psychiatrist, or any licensed healthcare professional. The letter should include the dates for which you were under the doctor’s care, a statement of how your illness/condition interfered with the completion of your coursework, and the name/title/phone number of the office representative who can verify the authenticity of the letter. Notes on prescription pads, appointment slips, and/or medical consultation forms are not acceptable in lieu of a doctor’s letter.
Personal Hardship (e.g., death in immediate family, family crisis, etc.):
All family emergencies require official and/or notarized forms, documents, or correspondence from a state agency, governmental entity, or reputable business. For example, death of an immediate family (mother, father, spouse, siblings, step parents/children) requires a death certificate and/or obituary with the name/date of the publication.