Certain questions are asked of you in the FAFSA application process to determine your dependency status. Independent students are required to report information about themselves and their spouse (if married). Dependent students are required to report information about themselves and the parent(s) with whom they now live.
Refer to the FAFSA for details about these questions.
In some instances, a student may not be able to answer "YES" to any of the dependency questions, but you may believe you are independent. At times a financial aid office can use professional judgment to override a dependency status if it is an extenuating circumstance. The financial aid office must abide to the federal guidelines to override a dependency status. Please contact our office to speak with one of our counselors to determine if you are eligible for an override. You will be required to provide written documentation of your claim of independence.