The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) requests federal tax data from two years prior. If you or your family have experienced a financial hardship not reflected on the FAFSA, a Reconsideration of Income Appeal may be applicable to you. Students with approved appeals are considered for additional aid, however aid is awarded based on funding availability and is not guaranteed. Find the appeal form to receive different financial aid options for special circumstances.
If you are considered a dependent student on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), but feel you have extenuating and unusual circumstances that prevent you from providing parental information on the FAFSA, a Dependency Override Request may be applicable to you. Find the Dependency Override Request form for different financial aid options. Visit StudentAid.gov to learn more about dependency.
If your parents are unwilling to provide information on the FAFSA, schedule an appointment with one of our advisors. Students whose parents are unwilling to provide information on the FAFSA or for verification purposes are not permitted to be considered independent for this reason alone. To learn more about becoming an independent student, visit StudentAid.gov.
A student is considered homeless if the student lacks fixed, regular, and adequate housing. This includes students who are living in shelters, motels, cars, or parks, or who are temporarily living with other people because they have nowhere else to go. Additionally, students are considered homeless if fleeing an abusive parent who would otherwise provide the student with financial support and a place to live. Homeless youth determinations are made on a case-by-case basis.
If you were an unaccompanied youth who was homeless, or an unaccompanied youth providing your own living expenses who is at risk of being homeless, parental data may not be required on the FAFSA. Learn more about homeless youth financial aid circumstances.
If any time since you turned age 13 you were in foster care, you may be considered an independent student on the FAFSA and may not be required to provide parental information. Visit StudentAid.gov to learn more about financial aid as someone who's lived in foster care.
If you are not sure if you were in foster care, check with your state child welfare agency. Find the contact information for your state child welfare agency on the national foster care directory.
If you indicate on the FAFSA that you were in foster care, please submit copies of legal documents that support this status. If you were in foster care in the State of Colorado, you may visit any Colorado County Clerk’s Office and request a “Confirmation of Foster Care Dependency” form. The County Clerk will review the court records and complete the form, which you may submit your forms through the secure document upload.
Aid is awarded to assist with traditional costs included in a student’s Cost of Attendance (COA). Examples of expenses included in a COA include tuition, fees, books, room and board, insurance, personal expenses and transportation expenses.
If you have expenses you would like considered in your COA, complete an appeal form. Approved appeals do not guarantee additional aid. If we are able to offer aid, it will most likely be in the form of federal loans. Before you submit an appeal, ensure you haven't reached your annual and lifetime loan limits.