Dependency Status

Dependent aid applicants are required to include parental information on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Independent aid applicants are not required to include parental information.

Dependency (for 2017-2018) is determined by the student's answers to the following questions:

  • Were you born before January 1, 1994?
  • At the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year, will you be working on a master's or doctorate program?
  • As of today, are you married?
  • Do you now have or will you have children who receive more than half of their support from you between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018?
  • Do you have dependents (other than children or spouse) who live with you and who receive more than half of their support from you, now through June 30, 2018?
  • At any time since you turned age 13, were both your parents deceased, were you in foster care, or were you a dependent/ward of the court?
  • Are you a veteran of the U.S. armed forces?
  • Are you currently serving on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces for purposes other than training?
  • Are you or were you an emancipated minor as determined by a court in your state of legal residence?
  • Are you or were you in legal guardianship as determined by a court in your state of legal residence?
  • At any time on or after July 1, 2016, was it determined that you were an unaccompanied youth who was homeless or were self-supporting and at risk of being homeless by one of the following:
    • your high school or school district homeless liaison
    • the director of an emergency shelter or transitional housing program funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
    • the director of a runaway or homeless youth basic center or transitional living program

If the student is able to answer "Yes" to any of these questions, then he or she is an Independent aid applicant. The Student Financial Aid Office may request information from the student to document the Independent aid applicant status.

Dependency (for 2016-2017) is determined by the student's answers to the following questions:

  • Were you born before January 1, 1993?
  • At the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year, will you be working on a master's or doctorate program?
  • As of today, are you married?
  • Do you now have or will you have children who will receive more than half of their support from you between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017?
  • Do you have dependents (other than children or spouse) who live with you and who receive more than half of their support from you now through June 30, 2017?
  • At any time since you turned age 13, were both your parents deceased, were you in foster care, or were you a dependent/ward of the court?
  • Are you a veteran of the U.S. armed forces?
  • Are you currently serving on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces for purposes other than training?
  • Are you or were you an emancipated minor as determined by a court in your state of legal residence?
  • Does someone other than your parent or stepparent have legal guardianship of you, as determined by a court in your state of legal residence?
  • At any time on or after July 1, 2015, was it determined that you were an unaccompanied youth who was homeless or were self-supporting and at risk of being homeless by one of the following:
    • your high school or school district homeless liaison, or
    • the director of an emergency shelter or transitional housing program funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, or
    • the director of a runaway or homeless youth basic center or transitional living program? 

If the student is able to answer "Yes" to any of these questions, then he or she is an Independent aid applicant. The Student Financial Aid Office may request information from the student to document the Independent aid applicant status.
 

If the student is unable to answer yes to any of these questions but does not have parental information to include on the FAFSA, he or she may have a special circumstance. Please visit the Solution Center/Student Affairs Office on campus for assistance.

Note: Parents of Independent aid applicants are not eligible to apply for a Direct Parent PLUS Loan