Extenuating Circumstances

Professional Judgement

Based on extraordinary and special circumstances, and in a specific and limited way, the Department of Education gives authority to a school's financial aid administrator to make adjustments to the data elements on the FAFSA. 

Those circumstances may include but are not limited to death of a parent, becoming homeless, recent unemployment, a recent medical situation or disability.

To be considered for a Dependency Override, please make a request via email to the Office of Financial Aid. Please keep in mind, the FA administrator reviewing your case will require the student/family to complete a verification, complete a change of circumstance form which can be found on our forms page and submit other supporting documentation as requested by the Office of Financial Aid.


Dependency Override

The Office of Financial Aid Office may do dependency overrides on a case-by-case basis for students with unusual circumstances.

Please keep in mind none of the conditions listed below, singly or in combination, qualify as unusual circumstances meriting a dependency override:

1. Parents refuse to contribute to the student’s education.

2. Parents are unwilling to provide information on the FAFSA or for verification.

3. Parents do not claim the student as a dependent for income tax purposes.

4. Student demonstrates total self-sufficiency.

Unusual circumstances do include (and may cause any of the above conditions) abandonment by parents, an abusive family environment that threatens the student’s health or safety, or the student being unable to locate his parents. In such cases a dependency override may be considered.

To be considered for a Dependency Override, please make a request via email to the Office of Financial Aid. Please keep in mind, the FA administrator reviewing your case will require certain documentation that may include but not limited to, a notarized letter from a homeless shelter director, marriage certificate, death certification etc.

Any requested documentation to support your request/claim should be returned to:

St Thomas Aquinas College
Office of Financial Aid – Spellman Hall
125 Route 340
Sparkill, NY 10976
Fax: 845-398-4114
Email:  financialaid@stac.edu