OLOL College

Does the school have the authority to change a student’s status from dependent to independent?

Does the school have the authority to change a student’s status from dependent to independent?


Yes—only in extreme circumstances. The Higher Education Act allows a financial aid administrator (FAA) to make dependency overrides on a case-by-case basis for stu­dents with unusual circumstances. However, none of the conditions listed below, singly or in combination, qualify as unusual circumstances meriting a depen­dency override: Parents refuse to contribute to the student’s education; Parents are unwilling to provide information on the FAFSA or for verification; Parents do not claim the student as a dependent for income tax purposes; or Student demonstrates total self-sufficiency.