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HLS requires student aid applicants to provide financial information regarding all parents, including biological parents, step-parents, adoptive parents, and legal guardians, even in cases where parents are divorced. After documents are submitted, the HLS Financial Aid Committee will determine the appropriate information that will be incorporated into the parent resource assessment.

Out of fairness to families that meet our application requirements, no HLS Grant aid will be offered to students whose parents refuse to provide required financial information. For students in this situation, education loans are readily available, to fully finance education-related costs.

In rare and exceptional cases, the Financial Aid Committee may waive the required submission of parental information. These decisions are made on a case-by-case basis depending on the particular circumstances involved. Students who wish to have their circumstances considered should initiate a request by submitting the following web form and carefully follow the instructions on this from to submit any additional required information.

Petition to Waive Parent Information Web Form

Supporting documentation, such as a third-party letter from a person familiar with the circumstances (social worker, counseling professional, member of clergy, attorney, etc.) and/or court documents, must be submitted in addition to the web form.

If the Financial Aid Committee waives the requirement of parental information for either or both parents in answer to an appeal, it may in some cases establish a minimum imputed parental contribution representing an average parental contribution assessment. Students may borrow to replace the amount of an imputed parental contribution in a financial aid package.