TITLE IV--STUDENT ASSISTANCE
PART F--NEED ANALYSIS
SEC. 478. DISCRETION OF STUDENT FINANCIAL AID ADMINISTRATORS
Section 479A (20 U.S.C. 1087tt) is amended--
(1) in subsection (a), by inserting after the second sentence the following: `Special circumstances may include tuition expenses at an elementary or secondary school, medical or dental expenses not covered by insurance, unusually high child care costs, recent unemployment of a family member, the number of parents enrolled at least half-time in a degree, certificate, or other program leading to a recognized educational credential at an institution with a program participation agreement under section 487, or other changes in a family's income, a family's assets, or a student's status.'; and
(2) by amending subsection (c) to read as follows:
`(c) REFUSAL OR ADJUSTMENT OF LOAN CERTIFICATIONS- On a case-by-case basis, an eligible institution may refuse to certify a statement that permits a student to receive a loan under part B or D, or may certify a loan amount or make a loan that is less than the student's determination of need (as determined under this part), if the reason for the action is documented and provided in written form to the student. No eligible institution shall discriminate against any borrower or applicant in obtaining a loan on the basis of race, national origin, religion, sex, marital status, age, or disability status.'.
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