In unusual cases a financial aid administrator may perform a dependency override. If you (the student) have unusual circumstances that deem a change in your dependency status from a dependent student to an independent student, you must submit a detailed letter (appeal) explaining the nature of your unusual circumstances and must provide documentation. Documentation can be from a third party professional (teacher, counselor, medical authority, religious leader, government agency, or court) detailing your situation. An appeal must be submitted each year until you meet the FAFSA criteria to be considered an independent student. Please note that appeals submitted without documentation will not be considered.
All information provided is treated confidentially.
Unusual circumstances may include, but are not limited to:
- Abandonment by parents whether voluntary or involuntary
- An abusive family environment
- Unable to locate parents
- Entering the United States as a refugee without parents and limited or no access to parents
Unusual circumstances do not include:
- Parents’ refusal to contribute toward your education
- Parents' unwillingness to provide information needed on the FAFSA or for verification
- Claiming yourself on your taxes
- Living on your own and paying your own expenses