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 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 links below:

2019-20 Appeal Instructions