Unless the criteria for independent status on the FAFSA is met, students under the age of 23 will be counted as a dependent of their parent or guardian. If you do not meet the criteria, but still believe you should have independent status, you can apply for a dependency override appeal.
Professional judgment decisions are made on a case-by-case basis and will give you independent status for one year. Decisions at other institutions are not accepted, but may be considered as part of your appeal at DVC.
You will be required to submit a dependency override appeal and any additional documentation requested.
See the lists below to get a better idea of what does and does not qualify.
Circumstances that do not qualify for a dependency override appeal:
To be considered for independent status you must complete the following steps:
Typically we begin to process dependency override appeals in May for the next aid year. Processing time will take several weeks. You will be sent a notification of the result to your InSite email account.
If you had an APPROVED dependency override at DVC in the prior aid year, you may submit a dependency override appeal form again to determine if your circumstances still qualify you for an override.
The information listed on this page is not inclusive of all policy and procedures. Full documentation is a requirement for this process. You must meet with a financial aid counselor to discuss your special circumstances, obtain the override appeal and submit the appeal with required documentation. Appeals are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Appeals can take up to 4 weeks for processing.
The decision to approve or deny a dependency override is made by the Financial Aid Office at DVC, not the U.S. Department of Education, and is not appealable to an outside entity.
All financial aid students are required to check their DVC student email account through InSite on a regular basis in order to receive notifications, file status updates, announcements, and further instructions from the Financial Aid Office. Follow the link for instructions on how to check your financial aid status through InSite.