Summary: OFFICE OF STUDENT FINANCIAL AID
0102 Lee Building
College Park, Maryland 20742
301.314.9000 & 888.313.2404 TEL
301.314.7017 TTY (for hearing impaired)
Dependency Status Appeal Form
Student Name: ____________________________________________ UID#: ____________________________
The federal government expects you and your family to bear primary responsibility for financing your education. However,
the federal government recognizes exceptions to this rule. Students may appeal based on a severe situation that exists.
Only severe situations will be approved. Please note that parental unwillingness or inability to contribute is not considered
a severe situation.
If you feel your situation warrants an appeal, please carefully read all instructions, complete all sections of this form,
and provide the required documentation. The response time of your appeal decision will be contingent upon your
cooperation with requests for additional documentation (if necessary). Typically, you will receive a written response by
mail within 2-3 weeks.
1. Personal Statement: On a separate sheet of paper, tell us in your own words why you should be considered an