Dependency Status

Federal regulations determine whether a student is a dependent student or an independent student for financial aid purposes.

The typical 18-23 year old student is considered dependent for financial aid purposes and must provide parent information on the FAFSA unless they meet certain conditions. The criteria for independent student status includes being 24 or older, married, a veteran, or having dependents. The FAFSA provides detailed help at at www.fafsa.ed.gov/help/ffdef09.htm