- A student’s reluctance to request parent’s financial information or the unwillingness of parent(s) to pay educational expenses or provide information does NOT justify a dependency override.
- A student’s self-support, as a sole factor, does NOT justify a dependency override.
Examples of situations where petitions may be approved include an abusive family environment or removal of the student from the parent(s)’ residence by court order.
- A successful petition for a dependency override depends on the specific information and documentation provided including appropriate legal documents.
- A dependency override may be granted for one year only. A student must request, and provide the appropriate documentation for, a dependency override each year.
Please submit the following to the Student Financial Aid Office:
- Personal Statement – On a separate sheet of paper, describe the following:
- Why you are requesting a dependency override
- Your relationship with your parent(s) and include any related circumstances
- How you provide for yourself
- If you receive support from friends and relatives, describe the nature of the support
Sign and date your personal statement.
- Provide statements from at least three individuals who can verify the family circumstances that you described in your personal statement.
- The statements should be from adults who are not related to you but have direct knowledge of the situation, or professionals from whom you have sought treatment or assistance.
- Professionals include guidance counselors, doctors, lawyers, family counselors, social workers, law enforcement officers, and clergy members.
- If a family member, who is not your parent, has raised you or is currently supporting you, submit an additional statement from that family member.
- Statements must be signed originals but supporting documentation may be photocopies