The FAFSA Dependency Quiz

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green checkmarkNeed help figuring out whether or not you qualify as an independent student when completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)? Just answer these questions to find out!


1. Are you 24 years old?
2. Are you currently married or separated (but not divorced)?
3. Are you engaged to be married AND will you be legally married before you complete the FAFSA?
4. At the start of the school year for which you are applying for financial aid, will you be working on a graduate or professional degree (MA, MBA, MD, JD, Ph.D., Ed.D., or graduate certificate programs)?
5. Are you currently on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces (other than training)?
6. Are you a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces?
7. Did you attend a U.S. service academy or preparatory school and were released under any other condition besides dishonorable (excluding ROTC and current military academy students)?
8. Are (or were) you a member of the National Guard or Reserves who was called into active federal duty by a presidential order (training excluded)?
9. Will you have a child dependent for whom you will be responsible for more than half of their support during the year you are applying for aid?
10. Excluding your spouse and children, do you have a dependent who (A) lives with you and (B) relies on you to provide more than half of their support during the year you are applying for aid?
11. Since the age of 13, were both of your parents deceased?
12. Since the age of 13, were you ever in foster care?
13. Since the age of 13, were you ever a ward of the court?
14. Did a court in your state grant you emancipation as a minor?
15. In the last year, have you been deemed a homeless youth or unaccompanied minor by your high school, school district’s homeless liaison, a shelter or housing program funded by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development or a director of a runaway or homeless center?

For more information on the difference between FAFSA independent vs. dependent student status, check out our short (but super helpful) video FAFSA Independent vs. Dependent Student Status Explained.

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