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Dependency Status


The U.S. Department of Education uses the questions listed below to determine whether a student is independent for financial aid purposes. If you cannot answer "YES" to any of these questions, you are considered dependent and must include parental financial information on your FAFSA.

Note:  If you are planning to be married after you have filed the FAFSA, you may consider filing a special circumstances appeal. You should be prepared to present official documentation noting a change in marital status.


  • Were you born before January 1, 1991?
  • As of today are you married? (Answer "Yes" if you are separated but not divorced.)
  • At the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year, will you be working on a graduate degree or program?
  • Are you currently serving on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces for purposes other than training?
  • Are you a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces?
  • Do you have children who will receive more than half of their support from you between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015?
  • 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, 2015?
  • At any time since you turned age 13, were both your parents deceased, were you in foster care, or were you a dependent or ward of the court?
  • As determined by a court in your state of legal residence, 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?
  • At any time on or after July 1, 2013, did your high school or school district homeless liaison determine that you were an unaccompanied youth who was homeless or were self-supporting and at risk of being homeless?
  • At any time on or after July 1, 2013, 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?
  • At any time on or after July 1, 2013, 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?

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