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August 31, 2011

Claiming independence for FAFSA is hard

by Grace

Claiming independent status when completing college financial aid forms may offer a tremendous benefit  in garnering financial aid.  However, it is very, very hard to establish independence for FAFSA purposes.  StudentLoanNstwork offers a good summary of the requirements.  If any of the following apply, you would be considered an independent student.

  • You are enrolled in a Masters program, Doctorate Degree, or graduate Certification program
    • age does not matter, if you are enrolled in any of these types of programs you are considered and independent student
  • You have a child or children that are your legal dependent(s)
    • you may have a family member etc. that is considered your dependent…he/she does not necessarily have to be a child
  • You are married
  • You are under the age of 24 and both of your parents are deceased
  • You were a ward of your state until you were 18 years of age
  • You are 24 years of age or older
  • You are a Veteran of the United States Armed Force
  • You were a foster child after the age of 13.
  • You are an emancipated child as determined by a court judge.
  • You are homeless or at risk of homelessness as determined by the director of a HUD approved homeless shelter, transitional program, or high school liaison.
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