Students who have an adverse family situation and are unable to obtain parental information to add to their financial aid application are encouraged to submit a Dependency Appeal. In order for the appeal to be considered, the student must be able to document that all financial and emotional contact with their 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
Fall 2023, Spring 2024, and Summer 2024
Submit a 2023-24 Dependency Appeal form and the listed required documentation.