Dependency

Answer these questions to determine your dependency status.

  • Were you born before January 1, 1991?
  • Will you be working on a degree beyond a bachelor's degree, such as a master's or doctorate, in school year 2014-2015?
  • As of the date you will be submitting the FAFSA, are you married? (Answer yes if you are separated, but not divorced.)
  • Do you have children who receive more than half of their support from you, or do you have dependents1 (other than your children or spouse) who live with you and receive more than half of their support from you, now and through June 30, 2015?
  • Are you an orphan or ward of the court or were you a ward of the court until age 18?
  • Are you a veteran2 of the U.S. Armed Forces?
  • Are you currently serving on active duty in the Armed Forces for other than training purposes?

1A dependent child does not have to live with you, so long as the child receives more than half of his/her support from you. The child may include a biological or adopted child, or a child for whom you are the legal guardian. Note that generally speaking, if the child meets the 50% support test, the child should be claimed as an exemption on your income tax return.

2A veteran is a student who participated in active service in the US Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, or Coast Guard and was released under a condition other than dishonorable. This includes a student who attended a US military academy but withdrew in good standing, as well as a student who is not a veteran now, but will be a veteran by June 30, 2015. If you are currently serving on active duty in the Armed Forces for other than training purposes, you also qualify as an independent student.