Appeal for Dependency Override

How to appeal decisions which affect your Financial Aid.

Financial Aid eligibility is determined in compliance with federal and state regulations, and institutional policies, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, age, disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, or other legally-protected basis. If you wish to file a grievance, you should follow the directions outlined in the college catalog.

Forms

Eligibility

For the 2019-2020 aid year, you are considered an Independent Student if any one of the following applies to you:

  • You are or will be at least 24 years by January 1 2019 (born before January 1, 1996).
  • You are married, or separated but not divorced.
  • You will be working on a master’s or doctorate program at the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year.
  • You are currently serving on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces for purposes other than training.
  • You are a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces.
  • You have children who will receive more than half of their support from you between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020.
  • You have dependents (other than your children or spouse) who live with you and who receive more than half of their support from you, now and through June 30, 2020.
  • At any time since you turned age 13, both of your parents were deceased, you were in foster care, or you were a dependent or ward of the court.
  • As of today, you are an emancipated minor as determined by a court in your state of legal residence.
  • As of today, you are in legal guardianship as determined by a court in your state of legal residence.
  • At any time on or after July 1, 2018, your high school or school district homeless liaison determined that you were an unaccompanied youth who was homeless.
  • At any time on or after July 1, 2018, the director of an emergency shelter or transitional housing program funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development determined that you were an unaccompanied youth who was homeless.
  • At any time on or after July 1, 2018, the director of a runaway or homeless youth basic center or transitional living program determined that you were an unaccompanied youth who was homeless or were self-supporting and at risk of being homeless.

If you are considered an Independent Student, only your information (and your spouse’s, if you are married) is used to calculate the expected family contribution. If you are a Dependent Student, your parents’ income information is also used.