Certain questions are asked of you in Step Three of the FAFSA application to determine your dependency status. Independent students are required to report information about themselves and their spouse (if married). Dependent students are required to report information about themselves and the parent(s) with whom they now live.
Refer to the FAFSA for details about these questions.
In some instances you may not be able to answer “YES” to any of the dependency questions, but you may believe you are independent. At times a financial aid administrator can use professional judgment to override a dependency status. The Financial Aid Office has strict guidelines to override a dependency status. Please contact our office to speak with one of our counselors to determine if you are eligible for an override. You will be required to provide written documentation of your claim of independence.
Last Modified: March 3, 2010