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1 What if I am unable to provide my parents’ information, their income information and signature, due to special circumstances? the extent they are able-for Under Federal law your family is primarily responsible-to how much your family can afford to pay paying for your college expenses. To determine towards your college expenses, l information and if you are we must collect your financia a dependent student, we must also collect your parents' financial information. limited circumstances, an otherwis e dependent student may be able to Under very submit the FAFSA without par ental information due to special circumstances. Before you proceed to skip the parental section of your FAFSA, consider the following: Examples of special circumstances where you may be able to submit your FAFSA without providing parental information include: ƒ Your parents are in carcerated; or ƒ You have left home due to an abusive family environment; or e and are unable to contact them (and ƒ You do not know where your parents ar you have not been adopted). Not all situations are considered a specia l circumstance. The following are situations not be considered a special circumstance: that would Your parents do not want to provide their information on your FAFSA; or ƒ ƒ Your parents refuse to contribut e to your college expenses; or ƒ Your parents do not claim you as a dependent on their income taxes; or ƒ You do not live with your parents. stance and are unable to provide parental If you believe you have a special circum information, you should complete information about you and your finances and skip any questions about your parents. You should si gn your FAFSA with your PIN and leave your parent's PIN blank. It is important to note: FSA without parental information, however 1. We will allow you to submit your FA your FAFSA will not be considered complete . 2. Because your FAFSA is not considered complete, we will not calculate your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) which is the index used by colleges to determine how much student aid you are eligible to receive. 3. If you are approaching any deadlines for your state, college, or scholarship aid, you may want to contact your fi nancial aid administrator (FAA) before submitting your FAFSA without parental data. 4. Once you submit your FAFSA without parental data, you must follow up with the FAA at the college you plan to attend , in order to complete your FAFSA and receive an EFC. Also note the following: ƒ Under Federal law, only your FAA has the authority to decide whether or not you must provid e parental information on your FAFSA. ƒ You will have to provide documen tation to verify your situation. Gather as much written evidence of your situation as you can. Written

2 evidence may include court or law enf orcement documents, letters from a social worker, and/or any other clergy member, school counselor or your special circumstance. relevant data that explains ƒ your FAA will decide if you After reviewing your circumstances carefully, must provide parental information or if your circumstances allow you to proceed without provid ing parental data. Your FAA’s decision is final and can not be appealed to Federal Student Aid. *This answer was taken from th e list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on the Department of Education’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) website. To review the full list of FAQs go to http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/faq001.htm

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