Student Status

The eight questions in this step determine whether or not you are required to provide parental information on the application. Students answering yes to one question are exempt from providing parental information and can skip Step 4 (numbers 56-89).

Occasionally, a student's family circumstances seem to indicate that the student should not be required to provide parental information. Student income, place of residence, and parents' unwillingness to participate are NOT grounds for such a decision. Leaving parental information blank when it is required will cause the FAFSA to reject. Only the financial aid administrator at the school where you are planning to attend can make such a determiniation and provide a dependency override. If you believe your application should be treated differently than those of other students, contact the financial aid office at the school to determine what documentation is required.