Dependency

Am I Dependent or Independent?

The following questions are asked on the FAFSA to determine the student's status as a dependent (requiring parental information) or an independent student (no parental information). If the student can answer "yes" to at least one question below, he/she is considered independent. To better determine your dependency status for the 2017-18 FAFSA, answer the questions below and read any additional information:

    1. Were you born before January 1, 1994?
    2. As of the date you filed the FAFSA, are you married? (Answer “Yes” if you are separated but not legally divorced.)
    3. At the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year, will you be working on a master’s or doctorate program (such as an MA, MBA, MD, JD,PhD, EdD or graduate certification, etc.)?
    4. Are you currently serving on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces for purposes other than training?
    5. Are you a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces? (click here for more information)
    6. Do you now have or will you have children who will receive more than half of their support from you between July 1, 2017, and June 30, 2018? NOTE: If you are not independent by age, or married you must be able to prove that you support yourself 100% and your child(ren) at least 51% or more to be considered independent.
    7. Do you have dependents (other than your children or spouse) who live with you and who receive more than half of their support from you, now and through June 30, 2018? 
    8. At any time since you turned age 13, were both of your parents deceased, were you in foster care, or were you a dependent or ward of the court? (click here for more information)
    9. As determined by a court in your state of legal residence, are you or were you an emancipated minor? (click here for more information)
    10. Does someone other than your parent or stepparent have legal guardianship of you, as determined by a court in your current state of legal residence or your state of legal residence at the time you received the determination? (click here for more information)
    11. At any time on or after July 1, 2016, did the director of an emergency shelter or transitional housing program funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development determine that you were an unaccompanied youth who was homeless or were self-supporting and at risk of being homeless? (click here for more information)
    12. At any time on or after July 1, 2016, did the director of a runaway or homeless youth basic center or transitional living program determine that you were an unaccompanied youth who was homeless or were self-supporting and at risk of being homeless? (click here for more information)

If you have answered "yes" to any of the above questions, you are considered independent. Please keep in mind we may require additional clarification or documentation once we receive your FAFSA.

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