More on FAFSA Independent Student Status
There are likely to be two different standards which are applied by Federal Government for the consideration of financial aids for Dependent Students and Independent Students.
Dependent students are deemed to be supported by their parents for fetching academic charges. Obverse to this, Independent Students are supposed to fulfill their financial encumbrances of education at their own.
Determination Of Independent Status Of Students
There is a certain criterion against which the independent status of students is determined. Students must meet below mentioned criteria for being regarded as independent students by Federal Government.
- Applicant was born before 1st January, 1989.
- Applicant is an orphan, in the ward of court or he/she is living in foster care.
- Applicant is a veteran or serving on active duty in Armed Forces of United States.
- Applicant is enrolled in Masters or Doctorate degree program at the beginning of school year.
- Applicant is a married individual.
- Applicant has legal dependents (other than spouse).
- Applicant is an emancipated child.
- Applicant is in legal guardianship
- Applicant is regarded as homeless by the director of HUD approved homeless shelter or high school liaison.
Changing The Status
In order to change the dependency status, students are required to initiate by submitting a Dependency Review Form. This form can be requested from the respective schools to be provided. A documentation that explains the situation must also be provided.
After having filed the Dependency Review form and complementing documents, the case of an applicant is reviewed by financial aid office or a committee at respective school of an applicant.
A mere belief that a student is independent because of his/her self-sufficiency in fulfilling educational expenses does not make a student ‘independent’ under the regulations of Federal Government. Students are obliged to file their FAFSA forms based on their dependency requirements listed above.