Can I apply for financial aid as an independent student?

The federal government requires parent tax information on the FAFSA unless students meet specific criteria that establish independent status. The most common reasons students are considered independent are:

  • Age 24
  • Married
  • Working on a master’s or doctorate degree
  • Active duty military
  • Veteran of the U.S. Armed Services
  • Have children who receive more than half their support from the student during the school year.
Applying for Financial Aid