Applying for financial aid can be confusing, but the staff in the Financial Aid Office will assist you through the process.
Please be patient with us and the application process.
Keep these records! The financial aid office will require supporting documents for students selected to be "verified" by U.S. Department of Education.
Students' dependency status is determined by the US Department of Education on the FAFSA. A student is considered "independent" if they meet one or more of the following criteria:
Students petitioning the Financial Aid Office for consideration to change status from dependent to independent due to extenuating circumstances, need to return a completed Petition for Dependency Override to the Financial Aid Office along with appropriate documentation.
In cases where 2015 family income is expected to be substantially less than 2014 family income due to one of the reasons below, a student may request review of family contribution and financial aid eligibility. Complete and return the Special Condition form to the Financial Aid Office along with the appropriate documentation.
-Student/Spouse/Parent earned money in 2014 and has lost his/her job for at least 10 weeks in 2015. Documentation required: Statement from student/parent.
-Student/Spouse/Parent worked full-time (at least 35 hours per week) for at least 30 weeks in 2014, but is not working full-time now. Documentation required: Statement from student/parent.
-Student/Spouse/Parent received some type of untaxed income or benefit (Social Security, CalWorks/AFDC/TANF) or unemployment compensation in 2014 and has completely lost that income or benefit for at least 10 weeks in 2015. Documentation required: Statement from appropriate agency.
-Student or Parents were married during 2014 and, since that time, the student and spouse/student's parents have separated or divorced. Documentation required: Copy of divorce or legal separation documents, or if not available, ask your attorney, minister, or parent to write a letter stating your situation and date of separation.
-Student's spouse/parent was living in 2014, and since that time, the student's spouse or parent has died. Documentation required: Copy of Death Certificate.
July 27, 2015