Dependency

Can you give my parents information about me?

College student records are private and are protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). A “Consent of Release” form allows the Financial...

I am over 18 years old and my parents no longer claim me on their tax returns. Do I still have to include my parent’s information?

Yes, you must include your parents’ income information until you turn 24 years old or based on how you answer the FAFSA or DREAM Act...

I live on my own and pay bills, why am I considered a “dependent”?

The federal definition of an independent student is based on how you answer the FAFSA or DREAM Act application questions. However, in unusual circumstances, a student...

I no longer communicate with my parents and it would be unhealthy for me to have contact with them. How can I complete the FAFSA or Dream Act application?

In some unusual cases, we can override the need for parents’ information. A Professional Judgment for Dependency Override must be completed and submitted for review....