Why am I a dependent student?

The Department of Education considers any student under the age of 24 of dependent age, unless they meet certain eligibility requirements. The Federal Financial Aid program expects a student’s education to be the responsibility of both a student and the parent. Because of this, students under the age of 24 are required to include parental information on the FAFSA even if they do not live with their parents or receive financial support from them.

The Federal Student Aid website goes into more detail about what makes a student dependent or independent.  Click here to view more information.

Please contact your advisor if you have questions about your specific situation.