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Professional Judgements

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Professional Judgements

What should I do if I have a special/unusual family situation that affects my dependency status on the FAFSA?

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If you have a special or unusual family situation (for example, you were abandoned by your parents, you were forced to leave home due to an abuse, etc.) and you can document those circumstances, you might qualify for a Dependency Override. A Dependency Override is a type of Professional Judgment that will change your FAFSA dependency status from dependent to independent. As an independent student, you would not have to report parental information on your FAFSA.

First, you will need to submit a FAFSA without parental information. Once you have submitted the FAFSA, new students will need to contact their Enrollment Counselor in Admissions to discuss the financial aid review process. Returning students will need to contact Student Service Group at 918-495-6510 to discuss the financial aid review process.

My financial situation has changed. What can I do to see if I qualify for more financial assistance?

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If you/your family have unusual circumstances that might affect your financial situation (such as loss of employment), complete your FAFSA. Then, contact the Student Service Group at 918-495-6510 to discuss the financial aid review process.

How long will it take to process my Professional Judgment (PJ) Petition?

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Once you have submitted the petition and all of the other documents needed for processing (listed on the petition form), allow 2-3 weeks for processing time. Please allow additional time during peak processing seasons.

In order to ensure that your PJ will be processed before the beginning of Fall semester, it must be received, along with ALL documentation, by July 1. In order to ensure that your PJ will be processed before the beginning of Spring semester, it must be received, along with ALL documentation, by December 1.

Your PJ will only be processed once ALL required verification, Professional Judgment documents have been received and all federal aid has been accepted.

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