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Special Circumstances

At ICOHS College, we recognize the unique financial situations of each student and their families. Our commitment is to carefully consider individual circumstances and provide assistance in cases of unforeseen financial challenges beyond your control.

Income Petition Requests

An Income Petition Request (Also known in our office as: Special Circumstances Petition) is a financial aid appeal students and their families may take to communicate with our office about financial or household changes that could not be reflected or explained on the FAFSA. 

Before beginning this process, please review the financial situations accepted for this petition as listed down below. 

IMPORTANT NOTE: Only Undergraduate students with an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) greater than 0 can be considered. 

Dependency Override Requests

Per Federal regulations, students aged 23 years old or younger are automatically considered by the Federal Government as a “Dependent” for financial aid purposes. Students working or living apart from their Parent(s) does NOT constitute “Independent” status – Regardless whether their Parent(s) financially support them or not.

For more information regarding circumstances that automatically qualify students aged 23 or younger as an independent, please click on the link provided down below.

However, our office offers a process that allows students who fall under specific living circumstances to appeal for independent status. This process is called a Dependency Override. To begin this process, a student will need to submit three letters to our office through our DocuSign portal:

  1. A signed letter from yourself explaining your situation
  2. A signed letter from a relative confirming your situation
  3. A signed letter from a professional organization confirming your situation (Ex. College/High School Counselor, Case Worker, Government Worker, etc.) – Must have an official letterhead from the organization

IMPORTANT NOTE: This is NOT a guaranteed process.  A designated Financial Aid Counselor will be assigned to your file and make the determination whether the override request can be approved – Based on the information provided in the letters.

You May Qualify for the $3000 ICOHS College Institutional Scholarship!*

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By submitting this form, you are giving your express written consent for ICOHS College to contact you regarding our programs and services using email, telephone or text – including our use of automated technology for calls and periodic texts to any wireless number you provide. Message and data rates may apply. This consent is not required to purchase goods/services and you may always call us directly at 858-581-9460.