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Generally, you must be able to answer 'yes' to at least one of the questions in the student status section of the FAFSA to be considered independent. If you have extenuating circumstances that you feel should qualify you as independent, you may contact the Financial Aid Office for consideration of those circumstances. However, federal regulation clearly states that the following do not qualify you to be classified as independent:
• you do not live with your parents
• your parents are financially unable to pay for your college education
• your parents refuse to pay for your college education
• you do not want your parents' help
• Failing to read the FAFSA instructions - they tell you how to correctly complete it
• Filing late - you should file at least two months before you plan to register
• Leaving blank lines
• Writing or typing incorrect social security numbers
• Failure to sign all the forms submitted to the Financial Aid Office
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A student on financial aid suspension who successfully appeals the suspension will be in a financial aid probation status.
During the probationary period, students are eligible to receive financial aid.
At the end of the probationary semester, a student must either:
be making satisfactory academic progress; or
be meeting the conditions of their academic plan
If the student is not making satisfactory academic progress but is successfully following the established academic plan, the student would continue to be eligible for aid in subsequent semesters provided that the student continues to meet the established academic plan.
A student on financial aid probation that is neither making satisfactory academic progress nor successfully following their established academic plan at the end of the probationary semester will be placed on financial aid suspension for future semesters and will not be eligible for further appeals.