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Dependency Override

Any one of the following will result in a student being considered independent for federal student aid programs: 

  • born before 01/01/1991 (for the 2014-2015 aid year)
  • a ward of the court
  • both parents deceased 
  • a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces 
  • legal dependents (other than a spouse) for which they provide ½ of support
  • married at the time of filing
  • emancipated minor (2013-2014 aid year)
  • homeless youth (2013-2014 aid year)
  • in legal guardianship while a minor (2013-2014 aid year)
  • or a graduate or professional student


Students who do not meet the criteria of an Independent Student may ask for a dependency override. The US Dept of Education feels that students under 24 years of age should be assisted by their parents in educational expenses. You cannot live with your parents and request a dependency override. The unwillingness of the family to pay or provide information is NOT a valid reason for requesting a dependency override. In ALL cases independence must have occurred out of necessity rather than choice. Examples of such situations are abandonment, parental drug abuse, parental mental incapacity, physical or emotional abuse, parental incarceration or severe estrangement. A Financial Aid Committee will review your documents and notify you by letter of the decision. You will be asked to provide the following: 

  • a letter, on letterhead, from clergy, social worker, or a counselor indicating why there is an estrangement from parents
  • an letter of explanation of the situation from the student and others familiar with the family circumstances income information including:
  • IRS Tax Return Transcript
  • Verification Worksheet or other pertinent income information
  • the Dependency Override Form

Phone: (304) 205.6700
Email: admissionss@kvctc.edu
Online: Apply Now!
2001 Union Carbide Drive
S. Charleston, WV 25303

Kanawha Valley Community and Technical College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution and does not discriminate against any person because of race, gender, age,color, religion, disability, national or ethnic origin. For more information: Michelle Bissell, Title IX Coordinator (304) 205-6600.