Dependency Override

Your status as a dependent student is determined by specific criteria and can be changed by a Financial Aid Administrator (FAA) only in unusual circumstances.

A student cannot be determined to be independent just because:

  • Your parents do not want to provide information on the FAFSA due to privacy concerns;
  • Your parents will not help you pay for college;
  • Your parents no longer claim you as a dependent on their taxes; or
  • You no longer live at home.

Contact the FAA to discuss your dependency status if:

  • You have had no contact with your parents and do not know where they are (and you have not been adopted by someone else); or
  • You have left home because of an abusive situation.