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.
- Contact the Financial Aid Office and ask to complete a Dependency Override Appeal. The appeal will require you to submit a signed letter of explanation fully describing the circumstances with your parents and all documentation that supports your situation.
- Supporting documentation should be from a third-party on letterhead, 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.
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.