We use financial aid status to customize your learning experience.
To be considered independent, you must answer YES to one or more of these questions:
- Will you be 24 or older by December 31 of the school year for which you are applying for financial aid?
- Will you be working toward a master's, professional or doctorate degree?
- Are you married or separated but not divorced?
- Do you have children who receive more than half of their support from you?
- Do you have dependents (other than children or a spouse) who live with you and receive more than half of their support from you?
- At any time since you turned age 13, were both of your parents deceased, were you in foster care, or were you a ward or dependent of the court?
- Are you an emancipated minor or are you in a legal guardianship as determined by a court?
- Are you an unaccompanied youth who is homeless or self-supporting and at risk of being homeless?
- 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?
If you answered NO to each question, then you are likely to be considered dependent for financial aid purposes.