Some students encounter extenuating circumstances that may warrant the student being considered "Independent" for financial aid purposes. If you believe you are in a situation that would make you independent, a dependency override may be processed and you would not be required to provide parental information on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or other financial aid records.
Extenuating circumstances that warrant a dependency override may include, but are not limited to, an abusive family environment or abandonment by parents.
The conditions listed below, singly or in combination, DO NOT qualify as unusual circumstances meriting a dependency override.
If you feel your situation warrants a dependency override, please complete the following actions.
- Your parents refuse or are unable (due to other financial obligations or burdens) to contribute to your education.
- Your parents are unwilling to provide information on the FAFSA; they are unwilling to provide tax forms or W-2s for review of FAFSA data.
- Your parents do not claim you as a dependent for income tax purposes.
- You demonstrate total self-sufficiency.
Submission of the Request for Dependency Override does not guarantee your situation will warrant Independent Status. Additional supporting documentation may be required upon review of your request in order for your financial aid advisor to make a determination as to your status for filing the FAFSA.
- Print and complete the Request for Dependency Override.
- Complete and sign a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), leaving parent information blank. You may process the FAFSA on the web at fafsa.ed.gov or submit a paper FAFSA with your Request for Dependency Override.
- Contact Scholarships & Financial Aid at to make an appointment with a financial aid advisor. You will need to bring the Request for Dependency Override along with all the requested documents listed on the form and the FAFSA if completed on paper.