Dependency & Risk of Homelessness

Dependency & Risk of Homelessness


Under the law, if you are not:

  • 24 years of age
  • Considered an orphan
  • A veteran
  • Married
  • A graduate student
  • Or with dependents

You may not be treated as independent unless there are special circumstances.

Those with unusual and extenuating circumstances can submit a letter of appeal to the Office of Scholarships and Student Aid explaining their unique situations along with two letters. One letter can be from a friend of family member aware of your situation(s) and the other must be from a third-party, objective care professionals (such as a counselor or member of the clergy). Our Dependency Appeal Committee will review the appeal to determine whether the federal standard can be waived. You will be notified of the decision within two to three weeks of your submitted appeal.

Parents refusing to help pay for college does not qualify you for independent status. Please contact us if your parent is refusing to provide their information on the FAFSA or if you would like to submit an appeal and have questions.

risk of homelessness

You may be considered independent if you are homeless or at risk of homelessness. In some cases, you may have received documentation from a school district homeless liaison, director of an emergency shelter or transitional housing program, or the director of a runaway or homeless youth basic center or transitional living program.

If you feel you may meet this criteria, you can view more information on the federal website, or reach out to our office with questions.

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