Are You Dependent or Independent?

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Are You Dependent or Independent?

Before you pursue student aid, you need to figure out if you should apply as a dependent student or independent student.

Why Is This Important?

One of the basic principles of student aid in the United States is that families are expected to pay for college costs to the best of their ability.

So Do I Need my Parents' Information?

Many people assume that dependency status for student aid purposes is the same as that for income tax purposes. However, this is not true. The FAFSA uses different criteria.

To determine if you are dependent or independent for the purpose of student aid, visit FAFSA on the Web.

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