Special Cases/Professional Judgment

The Moberly Area Community College Financial Aid Office understands that life changes may occur unexpectedly and beyond your control. Changes to dependency status and income may affect the original results of your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Federal Regulations allow MACC to review special cases and make limited adjustments to data reported on the FAFSA. If you think the information reported on your current FAFSA does not accurately reflect your family’s current situation, you may request a review of your financial aid eligibility by completing the appropriate financial aid appeal form below.

Special Circumstances

A Special Circumstances Appeal allows the Moberly Area Community College Financial Aid Department to evaluate your unique situation in order to determine if an adjustment to your financial aid eligibility is warranted.

Special circumstances might include:

  • Changes or reduction in income from:
    • Lost of job; 
    • Loss or reduction of untaxed income,  such as child support or unemployment benefits;
  • High medical or dental expenses in excess of 11% of the 2022 Federal Adjusted Gross Income
  • A change in household due to divorce, separation, or death
  • High elementary or secondary school tuition expenses in excess of 10% of the 2022 Federal Adjusted Gross Income

You can find the appeal form with instructions on our Financial Aid Forms page.


Dependency Status

Typically, unless there are unusual circumstances, the Department of Education requires students under the age of 24 include parent information on their FAFSA. You can read more about dependent and independent students as defined by the Department of Education in this document: Do I Have to Provide My Parents’ Information on the FAFSA Form?

What is a Dependency Status Appeal?
MACC understands some students may have a unique family situation. The Dependency Status Appeal is used for reporting your unusual circumstances when you are not able to obtain parental information for your FAFSA. Please note, all decisions are made at the discretion and professional judgment of the MACC Financial Aid Office. Submission of an appeal and supporting documents does not guarantee approval. Students should be aware that MACC is not required to perform dependency overrides, and if the financial aid administrator determines an override is not appropriate, the decision cannot be appealed.

The following situations do NOT qualify for a dependency status override:

  • Parents refuse to contribute to the student’s education
  • Parents are unwilling to provide information on the FAFSA or for verification
  • Parents do not claim the student as a dependent for income tax purposes
  • Student demonstrates total self-sufficiency

Unusual circumstances DO include (but are not limited to):  

  • Human trafficking;
  • Legally granted refugee or asylum status; 
  • Parental abandonment, estrangement; 
  • Student or parental incarceration. 

If you indicate on your FAFSA that you should be considered independent, the Financial Aid Office will request supporting documentation and review within a reasonable timeline.   

You can find the Dependency Status Appeal on our Financial Aid Forms page. 

Students Unable to Provide Parent Data

Students can indicate on the FAFSA form that they believe they have unusual circumstances that prevent them from providing parental data.  Students who indicate this will be sent information about what warrants a dependency override and will be required to submit supporting documents.  MACC will review the situation and determine if the student:

  • Is unaccompanied and homeless;
  • Merits a dependency override;
  • Must instead provide parental data; or,
  • Should be permitted to borrow only unsubsidized loans because they can document that their parents have refused to support them or to provide parental information on the student’s FAFSA.


Dependent students whose parents refuse to support them are not eligible for a dependency override, but they may be able to receive a dependent level Direct Unsubsidized Loan only. For a student to be eligible for this provision you must document the following:

  • The student’s parents refuse to complete the FAFSA; or,
  • The student’s parents do not and will not provide any financial support to the student (include the date support ended).
    • If the parents refuse to sign and date a statement to this effect, the student must provide documentation from a third party, such as a teacher, counselor, cleric, or court.


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