Dependency Override

Most traditional college students are considered financially dependent on their parents. This means your parents must provide information on the FAFSA. In unusual circumstances, a student who would normally be considered dependent can be considered independent.

Do any of these situations apply to you?

  • have no contact with your parents and do not know where they are (and you have not been adopted by someone else)
  • have left home due to an abusive family environment (e.g., sexual, physical, or mental abuse or other forms of domestic violence)
  • incarceration or institutionalization of parent(s)
  • an unsuitable household (e.g., child removed from the household and placed in foster care)

If you believe that you have compelling reasons to be considered independent, please contact our office at