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Why Do I Need Parent Information on My FAFSA


Federal Student Aid and the Department of Education require a student to meet certian requirements in order to be considered an INDEPENDENT student. If you do not meet the requirements set forth by Federal Student Aid, you are considered DEPENDENT and must include your parent(s) information on your FAFSA.

If you can answer YES to any of the following questions, you do not have to provide parental information on your FAFSA.
 
*Note: Proof of Independent status may be asked for and supporting documentation will have to be submitted to our office for verification purposes. Dependency status is determined by goverment law, not by our office or determined by you.

2015 - 2016

I was born before January 1, 1992 I am married. I will be working on my master's or doctorate program (already completed a Bachelors Degree) I am serving on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces
I am a vereran of the U.S. Armed Forces I now have or will have children for whom I will provide more than 50% of their support between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016. Since I turned age 13, both of my parents were deceased.

I was in foster care since turning age 13.

I was a dependent or ward of the court since turning age 13.
 

I have dependents (not children or spouse) who live with me and I provide more than 50% of their support.

I am homeless or I am at risk of being homeless.


 

I am currently or I was an emancipated minor. I am currently or I was in legal guardianship (meaning the courts granted someone other than your parents to be your guardian)



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