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).
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 studentaid.ed.gov.
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.