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Friday’s Factoid: Am I Dependent or Independent? (1 post)

  • nthea | 2 months, 3 weeks ago:

    When I fill out the 2011–12 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), will I have to provide information about my parents?

    It depends. Answer these questions to find out:

    1. Were you born before Jan. 1, 1988?

    2. Are you married? (Answer “Yes” if you are separated but not divorced.)

    3. At the beginning of the 2011–12 school year, will you be working on a master’s or doctorate degree program (such as an M.A., M.B.A., M.D., J.D., Ph.D., Ed.D., graduate certificate, etc.)?

    4. Are you currently serving on active duty in the U.S. armed forces for purposes other than training? (If you are a National Guard or Reserves enlistee, are you on active duty for other than state or training purposes?)

    5. Are you a veteran of the U.S. armed forces?

    6. Do you have children who will receive more than half of their support from you between July 1, 2011, and June 30, 2012?

    7. 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, 2012?

    8. 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?

    9. Has it been decided by a court in your state of legal residence that you are an emancipated minor or that you are in a legal guardianship?

    10. At any time on or after July 1, 2010, were you determined to be an unaccompanied youth who was homeless, as determined by (a) your high school or district homeless liaison or (b) the director of an emergency shelter or transitional housing program funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development?

    11. At any time on or after July 1, 2010, 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?

    Did you answer Yes to any of the questions? If so, then for federal student aid purposes, you’re considered to be an independent student and do not have to provide information about your parents on the FAFSA.

    Did you answer No to every question? If so, then for federal student aid purposes, you’re considered to be a dependent student, and you must provide information about your parents on the FAFSA.