The Federal government sets the criteria to determine the dependency status for financial aid applicants. There are two types of students – those dependent on their parents and those who are not (also called independent).
Many students request to have their dependency changed just because they move out of their parent's home.
By law, for financial aid purposes, a student is independent when he/she meets one or more of the following criteria:
If you do not meet one of the above criteria, you are not an independent student. However, if there are severe family problems, which constitute special circumstances, you may appeal this federal law.
To request independent status, you cannot submit your own FAFSA and you must
contact Robin Townson, Director of Financial Aid and provide the following:
Failure to submit all required documents will result in a delay of processing. Some situations will require that you call 865-882-4545 and make an appointment to meet with Robin Townson, Director of Financial Aid, but only when all of the documentation is prepared.
It is very rare that an approval will be granted and can only be for your enrollment at RSCC. Please be specific and complete as possible.
To renew a previous Dependency Override, please submit #'s 5, 6, 7, and 8 along with a short letter explaining your current living situation and describing any changes since the previous year.
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