Dependency Appeal

Each year students seek to claim independcy status with the Offie of Financial Aid for several reasons. However, there are certain criteria estanlished by the federal government that must be met in order to be an independent student. Below are a list of questions used on the FAFSA in order to determine a student's dependency status. If you are a dependent student and answer "Yes" to any of the questions below, please complete and submit the dependency appeal form to the Office of Financial Aid. The appeal will be reviewed to determine whether or not you qualify for independency status. The decision of the Office of Financial Aid is final.

1. Were you born before January 1, 1987?

2. At any time since you turned age 13, were both your parents deceased? Answer yes, for biological or adoptive parents,even if you are now adopted.

3. At any time since you turned age 13, were you in foster care? Answer yes even if you are no longer in foster care asof today.

4. At any time since you turned age 13, were you declared a dependent or ward of the court? Answer yes even if you are nolonger a dependent or ward of the court as of today.

5. Are you or were you an emancipated minor as determined by the court in your state of legal residence? Answer no if you are still a minor and the court order is no longer in effect or the court’s decision was not in effect at the time you became an adult.

6. Are you or were you in legal guardianship as determined by a court in your state of legal residence? Answer no if the court order is no longer in effect or was not in effect at the time you became an adult.

7. At any time on or after July 1, 2008, did your high school or school district homeless liaison determine that you were an unaccompanied youth who was homeless?

8. At any time on or after July 1, 2008, did the director of an emergency shelter or transitional housing program funded by the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development determined that you were an unaccompanied youth who was homeless?

9. At any time on or after July 1, 2008, did the director of a runaway or homeless youth basic center or transitional living program determine that you were an unaccompanied youth who was homeless or were self-supporting and at risk of being homeless?