Dependency Status and Financial Aid


Dependency Status and Financial Aid

Summary

How to determine FAFSA dependency status 

Dependency Requirements

The U.S. Department of Education deems that if you answer "yes" to one of the following criteria, you do not have to include your parents' income on your 2020–2021 FAFSA (which begins with the fall 2020 semester):

If you could not answer yes to at least one of the questions above, then you're required to provide your parents' tax information on your FAFSA.

If you can't answer yes to any of those questions and can't obtain your parents' information, you may want to speak with a Financial Aid Office representative in the Bailey Student Services Building about the possibility of applying for a student loan.

Dependency Override

If obtaining your parents' tax information is detrimental to your well-being, you can apply for a "dependency override." To do so, you must submit a letter to the Financial Aid Office stating it would be detrimental to your well-being to obtain your parents' tax information. You must also submit letters from two professionals, such as police or social workers, stating that it would be detrimental to your well-being.

If you have a dependency override, you'll be eligible for Pell and other grants.

 

Key Words: FAFSA, dependency, dependency status, dependent, parents, tax, dependency override, unsubsidized loan


Article ID: 96
Created On: Fri, Oct 26, 2012 at 3:47 PM
Last Updated On: Wed, Mar 4, 2020 at 12:00 PM

Online URL: https://info.abtech.edu/article.php?id=96