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Is Parent Information Needed on the FAFSA?

Many students are considered "dependent" for federal aid purposes. This means parent information is required on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Students are not automatically considered "independent" if they support themselves or are not claimed on parent taxes. There are specific questions on the FAFSA which determine dependency.

To help determine if a student is "dependent" or "independent," visit

There are extraordinary circumstances in which students may appeal their dependency. See the Dependency Appeal page for conditions that may and may not be considered for an appeal.