A student who does not meet the federal criteria for independent status on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) may submit a request for a Dependency Override. The Higher Education Act allows a financial aid administrator to make dependency overrides on a case-by-case basis for students with unusual circumstances.
Please note that NONE of the following conditions qualify as unusual circumstances to make a dependency override:
1. Parents refuse to contribute to your education
2. Parents are unwilling to provide information on the FAFSA or for verification
3. Parents do not claim the student as a dependent for income tax purposes; or
4. Student demonstrates total self-sufficiency
However, unusual circumstances do include an abusive family environment or abandonment by parents. In addition to your statement, third party documentation is generally expected.
If you have been approved for a Dependency Status Override during a previous aid year, please submit the Request for Dependency Status Renewal form and supporting documentation.