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How do I know if I am "Independent"?

Reminder to the student and parent: A familys unwillingness to help fund a students education does not constitute independence on the part of the student.

If you answer yes to any one of the following questions, you ARE independent.
If you answer no to all of the following questions, you ARE NOTindependent.

    1. Will you be 24 years of age prior to January 1 of the academic year you are going to enter college?
    2. Will you be working on a Masters Degree?
    3. Are you married?
    4. Do you have dependent children that receive more than half of their support from you?
    5. Do you have dependents (other than your children or spouse) who live with you and who receive more than half of their support from you?
    6. Are you a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces? (Served two years of active duty?) A DD-214 will be required.
    7. Are you currently serving on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces for purposes other than training?
    8. At any time since you turned 13, were both your parents deceased, were you in foster care or were you a dependent or ward of the court?
    9. Are you or were you an emancipated minor as determined by a court in your state of legal residence?
    10. Are you or were you in legal guardianship as determined by a court in your state of legal residence?
    11. At any time on or after July 1, 2008, did your high school or school district homeless liaison determine that you were an unaccompanied youth who was homeless?
    12. At any time on or after July 1, 2008, did the director of an emergency shelter or transitional housing program funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development determine that you were an unaccompanied youth who was homeless?
    13. At any time on or after July 1, 2008, did the director of a runaway or homeless youth basic center or transitional living program determine that you were an unaccompanied youth who was homeless or were self-supporting and at risk of being homeless?

Documentation may be required for any yes answers.

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