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Dependency Appeal

Students who have an adverse family situation and are unable to obtain parental information to add to your financial aid application are encouraged to submit a Dependency Appeal.  In order for your appeal to be considered, you must be able to document that all financial and emotional contact with your parents has been severed as a result of an adverse home situation.  Some examples of adverse conditions include the following: Severe estrangement from parents, an unsafe home environment, physical or emotional abuse, and abandonment.  A parent's refusal to contribute to a student's education, an unwillingness to provide information on the FAFSA, not claiming the student as a dependent on a tax return, or a student's demonstration of self-sufficiency does not constitute an adverse home situation.  However, we may be able to assist you if a parent refuses to support you.  Please complete the Dependency Appeal and return it to our office complete with all required supportive documents.

How to Apply

Submit a completed Dependency Appeal form and the listed supporting documentation.