When you complete the FAFSA, you are asked a series of questions to determine whether you are a dependent or independent student. Dependent students are required to include their parent's financial information on the FAFSA.
In financial aid terms, you are not automatically considered an independent student just because you no longer live at home with your parents and you pay your own bills or if your parents no longer claim you on their taxes.
Even if a parent is unwilling or unable to pay for college, federal regulations require that their income be considered when figuring a dependent student's eligibility for aid.
In severe or unusual circumstances, a Dependency Status Appeal can be done by the Financial Aid Office.
To submit a dependency appeal, the student must complete the appeal form and provide documentation.
If approved, the student's dependency status would be changed to an independent status.
The student would then have to submit a renewal appeal each year until they reached the age of 24.
The student would have to provide official documentation supporting these reasons, such as legal documents.