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Dependency Overrides

Dependency status is determined by special criteria and can be changed by a financial aid administrator at a postsecondary school only in special circumstances.  The following are NOT reasons for a student to be able to file the FAFSA independently.
  • Parents do not want to provide information on the FAFSA due to privacy concerns.
  • Parents do not feel it is their responsibility to provide financial assistance for college.
  • Parents no longer claim the student as a dependent on their taxes.
  • Student no longer lives at home.

However, the student should contact the financial aid administrator at his/her college or university to discuss dependency status if he/she...
  • has no contact with the parents and does not know where they are (and the student has not been adopted by someone else).
  • has left home due to an abusive home situation.
  • has a child or children that receive more than half of their support from the student.
  • is in a situation in which both parents are deceased.
  • is homeless.
  • is currently serving on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces for purposes other than training.

Also, the financial aid administrator may choose to make adjustments to certain items on the FAFSA to account for financial difficulties.  The student should contact the financial aid administrator at his/her college or university to discuss special circumstances if...
  • family has unusually large medical bills that are not covered by insurance.
  • parent has recently lost his/her job.