Just because your parents don't claim you as a tax exemption on their taxes or refuse to give you support for your college education does not make you independent. Exceptions can be made only if a student has unusual circumstances. Here are some examples of such circumstances:
- an abusive home situation which is detrimental to your physical or mental well-being
- abandonment by both parents
- incarceration of the custodial parent
- your parents live in a foreign country and cannot be contacted by normal means of communication.
If you feel you have unusual circumstances, contact our office and ask for a Petition to Apply for Financial Aid Without Parental Information.