What We Are Not Allowed to Consider
- Parents refuse to support student financially
- Parents unwilling to provide FAFSA or tax information
- Parents did not claim student for income tax purposes
- Student is able to demonstrate financial sufficiency
Burden of Proof
If you elect to appeal your dependency status, the burden of proof to substantiate your circumstances is on you. Statements from other family members, high school guidance counselors, mental health practitioners, police reports, notarized statements, etc., will help you support your statements.
You should also be able to demonstrate income or financial support levels sufficient to support your situation and basic living expenses.
Appeals must be clear, concise, and demonstrate timelines and events that have led to your situation. Appeals that lack these characteristics will be denied for incomplete information.