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Independent Status

Some rare circumstances might qualify you for independent status. These are reviewed on a case-by-case basis and are only granted for unusual, documented circumstances.

These conditions do not qualify you for independent status:

  • Parents refuse to contribute to your education.
  • Parents are unwilling to provide information on the FAFSA or for verification.
  • Parents do not claim you as a dependent for income tax purposes.
  • You demonstrate that you are totally self-sufficient.

If you have unusual, documented circumstances and believe you should be considered an independent student for financial aid purposes, please submit this form.

Job Loss or Change

Individuals or families who experience reduced income due to a job loss or change can submit an appeal form. The deadline to submit this form is March 31, 2021 for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Other Financial Circumstances

To have your aid reviewed for other financial circumstances, your situation must be both:

  • Unusual, meaning the typical family would not face this situation in a normal year, and
  • Non-discretionary, meaning there is not much you can do about it.

To appeal based on these conditions, submit the appeal form:

Some financial conditions include unusual medical expenses, out-of-pocket funeral expenses, or day-care expenses paid by the student.

Conditions that do not warrant an appeal include payment of routine living expenses (house, car, or credit card payments), debt repayment, wedding expenses, and other expenses that reflect lifestyle choices.

Change in Student's Marital Status

Students whose marital status changes (e.g., get married or divorced) after submitting their FAFSA may submit an appeal. The deadline for submitting this appeal form is April 15 each year, prior to the beginning of the academic year. Completion of the appeal does not guarantee approval of your request.