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Important Updates

  • In observance of Cesar Chavez Day, Financial Aid and Scholarships will be closed on Friday, March 31, 2023
  • For California Middle Class Scholarship updates, please visit MCS.
  • For Biden-Harris Administration’s Student Debt Relief information, please visit Apply for Federal Student Loan Debt Relief.

Appeal for Independent Status

This appeal is for applicants who would like to request a review of their dependency status for financial aid consideration. Please read the following information before submitting an Appeal for Independent Status. Federal regulations state that a student is considered independent for financial aid if he or she can answer yes to any one of the dependency questions on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application (CADAA). The dependency criteria are the same for both applications. 

If you do not meet any of the criteria and feel your circumstances warrant review for independent status, submit this appeal, and supporting documents, to Financial Aid and Scholarships for review. Please note, that a student is not considered independent solely based on:

  • self-sufficiency
  • a parent's unwillingness to provide information
  • a parent's unwillingness to assist with educational expenses
  • a parent not claiming the student as a dependent for income tax purposes

If you have read the above and wish to submit an Appeal for Independent Status, please use one of the following sets of instructions below.

California Dream Act Application (CADAA) Filers

CADAA applicants can follow these steps to file an Independent Status Appeal:

  1. Download the appeal form:
  2. Complete the form and gather supporting documentation.
  3. Submit the completed PDF and supporting documentation through Contact An Expert.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Filers

StudentForms allows FAFSA filers to submit documents electronically directly to UC Davis Financial Aid and Scholarships.

Please review the following before continuing to StudentForms:

1. You will need to register with your student information before requesting a Dependency Appeal. Once you are logged on, you may request the appeal by selecting the "Manage Requests" button.

Appeal Initial Manage Request


Appeal Request Menu_Independent


2. When requesting the Dependency Appeal, you will need to enter an explanation for the request. This is not your appeal statement, so please keep your explanation brief.

Dependency Appeal Request


3. Once you have submitted the request, you will see the documents needed before completing the appeal submission process. Please note, the Third Party Documentation you will be required to upload refers to any supporting document for your appeal (i.e. taxes, bills, additional statements, etc.).  If Financial Aid and Scholarships requests additional documentation; it will also be labeled as "Third Party Documentation".

Dependency Appeal Submission Page


4. Once all appeal documents are uploaded, click the "Submit" button, then the "Finish" button.  

If you have additional documents that need to be added to your appeal after it has been submitted, you will need to submit them via Contact An Expert

Submit a Dependency Appeal