Dependency FAQ

I am over 18 years old and my parents no longer claim me on their tax returns. Do I still have to include my parent’s information?

Yes, you must include your parents’ income information until you turn 24 years old or based on how you answer the FAFSA or DREAM Act application questions.

 

I live on my own and pay bills, why am I considered a “dependent”?

The federal definition of an independent student is based on how you answer the FAFSA or DREAM Act application questions. However, in unusual circumstances, a student may be considered independent if a compelling case can be made to override the dependent status. A Professional Judgment for Dependency Override must be completed and submitted for review. Please visit the Financial Aid Office for more information.

 

I no longer communicate with my parents and it would be unhealthy for me to have contact with them. How can I complete the FAFSA or DREAM Act application?

In some unusual cases we can override the need for parents’ information. A Professional Judgment for Dependency Override must be completed and submitted for review. Please visit the Financial Aid Office for more information.

 

Can you give my parents information about me?

College student records are private and are protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). A “Consent of Release” form allows the Financial Aid office to disclose information to whomever you designate. The consent of release form is available upon request for students to sign and submit to the Financial Aid Office in person.