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Online degrees available. Online education gives you flexibility to take classes that fit your schedule.Online degrees available. Online education gives you flexibility to take classes that fit your schedule.

Dependency Status Appeal

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.

Requesting a Dependency Status Appeal

To request independent status, you must complete the Dependency Status Appeal form via RaiderNet. The form can be found under 'Your Financial Aid'.

After you have submitted the form, please check 'Your Alerts' to see what documents are needed to complete your Dependency Status Appeal. Your appeal cannot be reviewed until all required items have been received. Documents may be turned in to your assigned Success Coach or to the One Stop if you do not have an assigned Success Coach. Documentation to support your reason for appeal must be from a third party. A third party cannot be a friend or family member and must verify the family situation.

Renewing a Dependency Status Appeal

To renew a previous Dependency Status Appeal, complete the Dependency Status Appeal form in your RaiderNet account, and submit the documents requested. Necessary documents may be accessed via 'Your Alerts'. Students seeking to renew a Dependency Status Appeal, must provide a letter explaining their current living situation and describing any changes since the previous year.

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