Unusual Circumstance Appeals - Dependency Override

If you do not meet any of the criteria to be considered an independent student on the FAFSA, or who are experiencing unusual or extenuating circumstances that prevent them from listing parental information can apply for a Dependency Override Appeal.

You can initiate this appeal through the following steps:

  1. The student should log into the SFS Dashboard.
  2. Click on the red 'Manage Requests' button in the upper right hand corner.
  3. Click on the button for a 2023-2024 Professional Judgment: Unusual Circumstance Appeal
  4. Provide a brief description of the change
  5. Complete and sign the embedded webform and submit all requested documentation.

Documentation related to the appeal will be requested once the appeal form is completed. We cannot accept this documentation via email or fax. The Dashboard is the most secure and fastest method to submit documentation to our office.

Appeals are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. If approved, it is important to note that the financial aid offer will likely not be enough funding to cover the cost to attend Temple University. It is very possible that additional funding will be needed to assist with the outstanding balance. You can review current year tuition rates via the Tuition Calculator linked to the Costs & Aid tab of TUPortal or at the Bursar's website.

Circumstances We Are Able to Consider
  • Voluntary/Involuntary removal from the parents' home due to an abusive situation that threatens the student's mental or physical health.
  • Incarceration of both parents.
  • Incarceration or Death of the custodial parent and the whereabouts of the non-custodial parent are unknown.
  • Whereabouts of both parents are unknown and another person has legal custody of the student.
Circumstances We May Not Be Able to Consider
  • Parent(s) refuse to contribute to the student's education.
  • Parent(s) are unwilling to provide information on the FAFSA or documents for the Verification process.
  • Parent(s) do not claim the student as a dependent for income tax purposes.
  • Parent(s) live overseas.
  • The student is self-sufficient.
Required Documentation
  • A completed electronic Dependency Override Appeal form (completed in the SFS Dashboard) that includes a section for you to provide a personal statement that summarizing the current extenuating circumstances that prevent you from including parental information on the FAFSA. The statement must include the names of both biological parents, relevant dates of contact and all other important details of your situation that will support the appeal.
  • Third Party documentation (someone outside of the family) - signed, typed statement from at least one person outside of your family that has knowledge of your extenuating circumstances. All statements must be uploaded on official letterhead with a signature, contact information, and date
    • Acceptable third parties include, but are not limited to the following:
      • Counselors or Teachers
      • Clergy or Community Groups
      • Government Agencies
      • Medical Personnel
      • Courts or Prison Administrators
  • All other documentation that supports your extenuating circumstance. Please note, the Office of Student Financial Services may request other documentation that is specific to your situation.


There is not a deadline for submitting a Unusual Circumstance - Dependency Override Appeal. As long as you are actively enrolled, you may request the appeal during your registered term(s). However, there comes a point when we cannot provide a thorough review before the semester ends. As such, we recommend submitting your appeal no more than two weeks prior to the end of term to ensure our office can review before your enrollment ends for the year. Please see below for those suggested dates. We also strongly recommend providing all requested documentation with your appeal to ensure an efficient and timely review.

Due to condensed time frames, we cannot guarantee a timely review during the summer enrollment terms. Appeals requested during the summer sessions are reviewed on a case-by-case basis to ensure we can review and respond before the end of the term.


This table describes the recommended dates for submitting a Dependency Override.

Enrollment Period

Last Day of the Enrollment Period

Last Day SFS Can Review

Fall 2023 registration only

December 19, 2023

December 5, 2023

Spring 2024 registration only, or Fall 2023 & Spring 2024

May 7, 2024

April 23, 2024