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If you lost your job, went through a divorce, or were suddenly saddled with medical bills, talk to your financial aid adviser. Most colleges and universities have a process in place to handle such life changes and can adjust aid awards to reflect a student's current financial situation.
Shifts in work, family, or medical status could also prompt enrolled students to reduce their course loads, which could affect financial aid awards. Students should therefore maintain a dialogue with their financial aid advisers to understand what life changes could mean for their college funding.
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