In certain unusual circumstances, the Student Financial Services office can consider if it should treat a student who doesn’t meet the above criteria as an independent student for federal financial aid purposes. To be considered, a student must complete and submit a Dependency Status Appeal Form and the appropriate documentation to our office.
The following information is required when submitting the Dependency Status Appeal:
- Supporting statements from at least three adults (one of whom is not a relative or friend) that can corroborate the student’s unusual circumstance.
- The student will provide a narrative of their circumstances under which they believe a dependency appeal is warranted.
- Any possible supporting documentation that corroborates the unusual circumstance (court documents, police reports, death certificates, etc.)