Criteria for Dependent and Independent Student Status

For financial aid purposes, you are considered either dependent or independent. For the 2015-2016 award year, you are considered independent for federal programs if you meet one of the following criteria:

  1. You were born before January 1, 1992.
  2. You are a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces.
  3. You are an orphan or ward of the court.
  4. You have legal dependents other than a spouse.
  5. You will be a graduate or professional student for the 2015-2016 academic year.
  6. You are a married person.
  7. You have dependent(s) who receive more than half of their support from you.