Dependency Status Review

We understand that there may be situations when a student does not meet the federal financial aid requirements to be considered independent on the FAFSA and yet may not be able to provide parent information. These students may be considered on a case-by-case basis for a Dependency Status Review.

Reasons that MAY be considered for a Dependency Status Review

  • Abandonment by parents
  • Abusive family environment that threatens your health or safety
  • Parents location is unknown
  • Other extreme situation with documentation

Reasons that CANNOT be used for a Dependency Status Review

  • Parents refuse to contribute to your education
  • Parents are not willing to provide information on the FAFSA or for verification
  • Parents do not claim you as a dependent for income tax purposes
  • You fully support yourself financially

Note: The unwillingness of your parent(s) to provide the information requested on the FAFSA or by the Financial Aid Office or the unwillingness to financially support you is NOT an acceptable reason to appeal your dependency status.

If you feel you have an extreme situation that may allow for a Dependency Status Review, visit your campus Financial Aid Office to determine if you should complete the Dependency Status Review Form. The Financial Aid Office will review your situation with you and determine what documentation you will need to submit to support your request for a Dependency Status Review.