I don't live with my parents; can I be considered independent for FAFSA?
The FAFSA looks at other criteria to determine if you are independent
of your parents. You have to be able to answer "yes" to one
of the questions below to be considered independent:
Will you turn 24 this current year? Are you working on a Masters's or
Doctorate degree? Are you married? Do you have children or dependents
that you support? Are you a U.S. veteran or actively serving? Are you
or were you an orphan or ward of the court? As of today, are you an
emancipated minor? As of today, are you in a legal guardianship? At
any time on or after July 1, 2008, has it been determined that you
were an unaccompanied youth who was homeless?
If the answer is "no" to all of these questions then the
parents MUST fill out the FAFSA form with the student. If the student
can answer "yes" to one or more of these questions then the
parents do not have to fill out the form. NOTE: If you select
"yes" to one of the above questions, the Financial Aid
Office may verify this information.