Dependency Request Information


The Free Application for Federal Stud​ent Aid (FAFSA) and the California Dream Act (CDA) both calculate each family's ability to pay for college. The formula is designed to create a "level playing field" for all families in order to provide maximum funds to the neediest families. 

 Part of the FAFSA application is determining if a student is considered an independent or dependent student. For more information on these definitions please click here. 

 The Financial Aid Office recognizes that each student is unique. If you feel as though you have an unusual circumstance preventing you from providing your parent information on the FAFSA or CDA, please continue reading. 

Examples that ​DO NOT QUALIFY as unusual circumstances: 

  • Your parents refuse to contribute to the your education
  • Your parents are unwilling to provide information on your FAFSA or CDA or for verification
  • Your parents do not claim you as a dependent for income tax purposes
  • You demonstrate total self-sufficiency

Examples of unusual circumstances that MAY QUALIFY:

  • Your parent is in prison
  • Your parent is hospitalized
  • You have an estranged family situation
  • Your parents live out of the country and you are unable to maintain reasonable contact with them
If your family situation involves an unusual circumstance such as those described above and documentation is provided, you may request a review of your dependency status. 

For students who are requesting a dependency review for the first time must complete the 17-18 IS Appeal
For students who have previously been approved at Shasta College the 17-18 Renewal IS​ Appeal

Important information regarding the outcome of your request​

If you DO NOT Meet Any of the above listed circumstances, you may still be considered Independent, visit our "Unaccompanied Homeless Youth" Webpage for more information.​​​​​​​​ ​​

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