FAFSA FAQs: Am I Dependent or Independent?

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    We get this question all the time in our office and you may have been wondering about it yourself. At what point are you considered "independent?" Is it when you live on your own? When you pay taxes? When you own and care for a pet?

    Believe-it-or-not, those are not what your status is based off of. Use this helpful flowchart of questions to find out if you will need to provide parental information on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Confused or have a special situation? Contact our office by email, phone, or simply stop in; we are here to help!