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Dependency Status

When a student applies for federal student aid, the answers to certain questions will determine whether the student is considered dependent on their parent(s) or whether the student is independent. A dependent student must report the student's parents’ income and assets as well as the student's own income and assets. An independent student must report only the student's own income and assets (and those of the student’s spouse, if married).

A student is classified as dependent or independent because federal student aid programs are based on the idea that the student (and the student's parents or spouse, if applicable) have the primary responsibility of paying for the student's post-secondary education. Students who have access to parental support (dependent student) should not receive need-based federal funds at the expense of a student who does not have such access (independent student).

A student is considered independent if at least one of the following applies:

  • The student was born before January 1, 1994 
  • The student is married
  • The student has children who receive more than half of their support from the student
  • The student has dependents (other than children or souse) who live with the student and receive more than half of their support from the student
  • The student has legal dependents other than a spouse
  • At any time since the student turned age 13, both of the student's parents are deceased, the student was in foster care, or the student was a ward of the court
  • The student is currently serving on active duty int he U.S. Armed Forces for purposes other than training
  • The student is a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces
  • The student is an emancipated minor as determined by a court in the student's state of legal residence
  • The student is in legal guardianship as determined by a court in the student's state of legal residence
  • At any time on or after July 1, 2016, the student's high school or school district homeless liaison determined that the student was an unaccompanied youth who was homeless
  • At any time on or after July 1, 2016, the director of an emergency shelter or transitional housing program funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development determined that the student was an unaccompanied youth who was homeless or was self-supporting and at risk of being homeless
  • At any time on or after July 1, 2016, the director of a runaway or homeless youth basic center or transitional living program determined that the student was an unaccompanied youth who was homeless or was self-supporting and at risk of being homeless.

(If a student cannot answer "yes" to one of the above questions, the student is dependent and parental information must be reported.)

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Last updated: 2017-04-04T12:03:54.186Z