I'm a senior in high school and I am going to apply for a dependency override at several universities (4.0 valedictorian, 1500 sat, bunch of extracurriculars if that's helpful in any way). I hoped people on here had insight into the process and could answer a few questions I had.
I have been physically, verbally, and emotionally abused for ten years. Physically, I have been hit, scratched, and bruised. More commonly, I have been verbally abused. I have been told that I am disgusting, worthless, a mistake, a disappoint, that I ruined my mother's life, that I am why she's unhappy, that I am messed up and mentally ill, and that she wishes she never had me or could leave me. There's more, but you get the gist. Emotionally, she manipulates me, guilts me, and shames me into doing what she wants me to do, which is stay at home with her so she doesn't have to be alone (she's a stay at home mom who actually does none of the cooking, cleaning, and errands that come with the position. She has abandonment issues from my dad and doesn't like to be alone.) There have also been occasions of abuse between her and my step dad. They are mostly verbal with them cussing each other out and screaming and breaking things, but there have also been physical instances like him strangling her on our front lawn. My stepdad used to abuse me by screaming at me and handling me roughly enough to give me bruises, and he even dragged me down the stairs one time, but my mom forbid him from parenting me since then and now we don't interact much.
I have talked to my school counselor and college counselor about the situation in detail. There have been 3-4 reports made to child protective services about occasions of abuse. I can request the reports from them and send them to the college. I also have pictures of bruises from one such occasion. They are willing to write letters on my behalf. I also have talked to one of my teachers about it and his family is actually taking me in so that I do not have to stay at home (this is nothing shady; the school administration and my therapist are all on board with this.) I have also discussed this a lot with my therapist. They can all write letters for me proving my story. I also have 2 friends who can write supplementary letters if need be. When I move out shortly, I will be sure to get proof of living with my teacher and his family. He will also confirm that in his letter.
Am I likely to get the dependency override, based on my situation and the proof?
If I do get the dependency override, what will my aid package look like if I have no income? (My teacher is kind enough to let me stay for free, so I don't have to work)
Has anyone else done this? If so, can you tell me about the process? There aren't many resources out there.
Any information would be incredibly helpful.