Most traditional college students are considered financially dependent on their parents. This means your parents must provide information on the FAFSA. In unusual circumstances, a student who would normally be considered dependent can be considered independent.
Do any of these situations apply to you?
- have no contact with your parents and do not know where they are (and you have not been adopted by someone else)
- have left home due to an abusive family environment (e.g., sexual, physical, or mental abuse or other forms of domestic violence)
- incarceration or institutionalization of parent(s)
- an unsuitable household (e.g., child removed from the household and placed in foster care)
If you believe that you have compelling reasons to be considered independent, please contact our office at [email protected].