In extreme circumstances (e.g. abuse, abandonment, etc.), you may be able to submit your FAFSA without your parent's information. Madison College is able to make dependency overrides on a case-by-case basis for students with these documented circumstances. In order for the Financial Aid Office to make this determination, you must:
- Submit your FAFSA indicating that you are unable to provide information about your parents and that you have a special circumstance.
- Submit a signed letter of explanation to the Financial Aid Office that describes the circumstances that led to you leave out your parent's household and your means of support since you left their household.
- Submit third party documentation on letterhead to the Financial Aid Office detailing their first-hand knowledge of the family circumstances. Third parties could include, but are not limited to, guidance counselors, clergy members, mental health professionals, officers of the court, or law enforcement personnel. The letters must include the name of the individual, their job title and contact information.
* Note that depending on the answers you provide on your FAFSA, the Financial Aid Office at Madison College will provide you with the information that you must submit based on your specific situation. Once we receive your FAFSA, this information will be added to your myMadisonCollege To Do List.
The Financial Aid Office's decision about your dependency status will be communicated to you after review of the documentation submitted. This decision is final and cannot be appealed to Madison College or the Department of Education.