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 FAFSA or California Dream Act Application. 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 form, and supporting documents, to the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office for review. Please note, 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 set of instructions below.

Appeal Instructions for FAFSA Filers

The new Submission Tool allows you to submit documents electronically directly to the UC Davis Financial Aid Office.

Please review the following before continuing to the Submission Tool:

1. You will need to register with your student information before requesting an appeal. Once you are logged on, you may request an appeal by selecting the "+ - Request" button.

specir 1

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

select dependency appeal

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 the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office requests additional documentation; it will also be labeled as "Third Party Documentation".

welcome page dependency override

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

To request a Dependency Override Appeal, continue to the Submission Tool.

Appeal Instructions for California Dream Act Filers

California Dream Act applicants can follow these steps to file an Independent Status Appeal:

  1. Download the 2020-21 Appeal for Independent Status form (PDF).
  2. Complete the form and gather supporting documentation.
  3. Submit the completed PDF and supporting documentation through Contact An Expert.