Dependency Override

  • Fall 2014 Only Deadline: Thursday, November 13, 2014
  • Academic Year / Spring 2015 Deadline: Thursday, April 16, 2015

An applicant's dependency status is based on the Dependency Questions answered on the FAFSA.  If you are unable to provide parental informaton on the FAFSA, federal aid regulations allow a Financial Aid Counselor to use professional judgment to determine a student independent for federal student aid purposes, who does not meet the definition of an Independent student according the FAFSA process.  This action is called a dependency override and is determined on a case-by-case basis from an appeal form and acceptable supporting documentation. 

Below are the conditions in which a dependency override may or may not be considered at Sacramento State

Circumstances that do not qualify for a dependency override appeal:

  • 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
  • Student demonstrates total self-sufficiency (ex: living outside of the parent's home)

In general, disagreements between student and parent(s), may cause the parent(s) to unwillingly provide information and are typically not considered.

Circumstances considered:

  • Abusive family environments
  • Abandonment
  • Incarceration or institutionalization of both parents
  • An unsuitable household requiring legal intervention
  • Severe estrangement from parents
  • Parent mental incapacity

You must meet with a Financial Aid Counselor to discuss your special circumstances.  Financial Aid Counselors are available on a drop-in basis. 



Students who have had an APPROVED Dependency Override at CSU, Sacramento in a prior aid year may submit a Dependency Override Renewal Request form for review.    The Financial Aid Office will review your request and determine if the circumstances continue to exist for a dependency override. 

The decision to approve or deny a dependency override is made by the Financial Aid Office at CSU, Sacramento and not the U.S. Department of Education.

Revised: 6/20/14