FAFSA Dependency Status

For financial aid, your status as dependent or independent is based on your answers to the dependency questions listed on the FAFSA 

You are automatically independent if you are: 

  • 24 years of age or older 
  • Married 
  • Seeking a graduate/master's degree
  • At the risk of homelessness*
  • Considered an orphan (both parents deceased)*
  • Under legal guardianship as determined by a court* 
  • Considered a ward of the court or placed in foster care at the age of 13 or older* 
  • Have a child and/or dependents*
  • Currently serving active duty or veteran of US armed forces*  

*You may be required to submit additional documentation to Millersville to confirm your situation if you are not independent by age, marriage, or degree type.