Dependency Change Requests

Undergraduate students who cannot answer ‘Yes’ to at least one of the dependency questions in Step 3 of the FAFSA form must include their parent’s information when completing the FAFSA form. Review this helpful flyer for more information - https://studentaid.gov/sites/default/files/dependency-status.pdf

The UTA Office of Financial Aid has the authority, through Section 480(d)(7) of the Higher Education Act, to change a student's dependency status from dependent to independent in cases involving documented extenuating circumstances.  Examples include (but are not limited to) cases of abuse, abandonment, or neglect.

If a student has an extenuating circumstance, a request for a change of dependency along with supporting documentation can be submitted to the UTA Office of Financial Aid for review by following the instructions below.

Please Note: A Dependency Change Request (DCR) cannot be approved for any of the following reasons alone or in combination:

  • Parents refusal to contribute to the student's education;
  • Parents unwillingness to provide information on the FAFSA or provide verification documents;
  • Parents do not claim the student as a dependent for income tax purposes; and/or
  • Student demonstrates total self-sufficiency.

Apply for Initial Dependency Change Request

2023-2024 Initial Dependency Change Request (DCR) Process

This form applies to the Summer 2023, Fall 2023, and Spring 2024 semesters.

  1. Complete the 2023-2024 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  2. Print and complete the 2023-2024 Dependency Change Request form.
  3. Attach a typed, signed, and dated one-page explanation of your extraordinary circumstance(s) which prompted a request for a change of dependency status. The statement must explain your current relationship with your biological and/or legally adoptive parents. Include their names, whether or not you are estranged from them, and their last known address.  Also, include where and with whom you have been living and your current means of support.
  4. Attach three (3) reference forms – two (2) professional and one (1) personal – completed by individuals who are aware of the details surrounding your situation and relationship with your parents. Give each of your three (3) references this form to complete - 2023-2024 DCR Reference Form

    Each reference form must also include a typed, signed and dated one page letter from the reference explaining his/her relationship to you, knowledge of your situation and relationship with your parents, and any additional information which would be helpful during the review process.

  5. Submit the completed Dependency Change Request (DCR) Form along with the required attachments (3 & 4 above) to the UTA Office of Financial Aid for review.
  6. Allow 2-3 weeks for the Dependency Change Request (DCR) Form to be processed. Students will receive an email to their UTA email address with the decision or if additional clarification/documents are required.

2022-2023 Initial Dependency Change Request (DCR) Process

This form applies to the Summer 2022, Fall 2022, and Spring 2023 semesters.

  1. Complete the 2022-2023 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  2. Print and complete the 2022-2023 Dependency Change Request form.
  3. Attach a typed, signed, and dated one-page explanation of your extraordinary circumstance(s) which prompted a request for a change of dependency status. The statement must explain your current relationship with your biological and/or legally adoptive parents. Include their names, whether or not you are estranged from them, and their last known address.  Also, include where and with whom you have been living and your current means of support.
  4. Attach three (3) reference letters – two (2) professional and one (1) personal – written by individuals who are aware of the details surrounding your situation and relationship with your parents. Each reference letter must be one-page, typed, signed and dated explaining his/her relationship to you, knowledge of your situation and relationship with your parents, and any additional information which would be helpful during the review process.
  5. Submit the completed Dependency Change Request (DCR) Form along with the required attachments (3 & 4 above) to the UTA Office of Financial Aid for review.
  6. Allow 2-3 weeks for the Dependency Change Request (DCR) Form to be processed. Students will receive an email to their UTA email address with the decision or if additional clarification/documents are required.

Renew a Previously Approved Dependency Change Request (DCR)

A Renewal Dependency Change Request (DCR) Form should only be completed if the UTA Office of Financial Aid previously approved a Dependency Change Request (DCR) for a previous Aid Year.

2023-2024 Dependency Change Request (DCR) Renewal Process

This form applies to the Summer 2023, Fall 2023, and Spring 2024 semesters.

    1. Complete the 2023-2024 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
    2. Print and complete the 2023-2024 Dependency Change Request Renewal Form – this form applies to the Summer 2023, Fall 2023, and Spring 2024 semesters
    3. Submit the completed 2023-2024 Dependency Change Request (DCR) Renewal Form to the UTA Office of Financial Aid for review.
    4. Allow 2-3 weeks for the Dependency Change Request (DCR) Renewal Form to be processed. Students will receive an email to their UTA email address once it is processed.

    2022-2023 Dependency Change Request (DCR) Renewal Process

    This form applies to the Summer 2022, Fall 2022, and Spring 2023 semesters

    1. Complete the 2022-2023 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
    2. Print and complete the 2022-2023 Dependency Change Request Renewal Form – this form applies to the Summer 2022, Fall 2022, and Spring 2023 semesters
    3. Submit the completed 2022-2023 Dependency Change Request (DCR) Renewal Form to the UTA Office of Financial Aid for review.
    4. Allow 2-3 weeks for the Dependency Change Request (DCR) Renewal Form to be processed. Students will receive an email to their UTA email address once it is processed.

    Contact Us

    Feel free to contact the UTA Financial Aid Office if you have any questions or if you wish to discuss your current circumstances and whether or not this process would benefit you.

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