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Dependency Override Information & Forms


Dependency Override Forms & Information

2017-2018 Dependency Override Form
2016-2017 Dependency Override Form
Dependency Override Brochure


An independent student is exempt from listing parental information on their federal student aid application.  A Dependency Override occurs when a financial aid administrator makes a documented determination of independence by reason of unusual circumstances.

Unusual Circumstances warranting Dependency Override Consideration:

  • Student’s parent(s) cannot be located;
  • Student’s parent(s) are incarcerated or hospitalized for long-term care;
  • Student has been physically, sexually, emotionally, or mentally abused by an immediate member of the family and has therefore been removed from the parent(s) residence;
  • Parents deceased;
  • Death of a custodial parent and student has no contact with non-custodial parent;
  • Has a legal guardian that has not legally adopted the student;
  • Is an unaccompanied homeless youth as documented by a homeless youth liaison or shelter


Please read the Dependency Override Exclusions listed in the Dependency Override Brochure to be sure you are eligible for a Dependency Override before submitting a request.  For instance, a student's self-sufficiency or parent's unwillingness to provide FAFSA information and refusal to contribute to the student's education does not merit a dependency override.