Documents and Circumstances for Independent Students

Review the circumstances below and provide the required documentation to confirm that you meet the eligibility requirements to be considered an independent student.

 

Eligible CategoriesRequired Documentation

As of the day I completed my 2016-2017 FAFSA, I was married.

Copy of your marriage certificate for proof of your marital status.

I am a veteran of the United States Armed Forces.

Copy of your DD214 "Member 4 Copy" with the discharge status at the bottom of the document.


I am currently on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Copy of your Military ID.

At the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year, I will be enrolled in a Master's or Doctoral degree seeking program (MA, MFA, MS, MSE, MBA, JD, Ed.D, or graduate certificate).

Statement indicating the program in which you will be enrolled.

I have children who will receive more than half of their support from me between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017.

Complete the Provide Over Fifty Percent Dependent Support Confirmation form. If pregnant, attach a copy of the doctor's letter showing anticipated due date.

I have dependents (other than my children and spouse) who live with me and who receive more than half of their support from me, now and through June 30, 2016.

Complete the Provide Over Fifty Percent of Dependent Support Confirmation form.
I was (until age 18) a ward/ dependent of the court, or I was in foster care since the age of 13.
If you are a ward of the court, submit a copy of court documents. If you were in foster care since the age of 13, attach a copy of legal documentation from the proper legal authority. 

I am or I was an emancipated minor as determined by the court in my state of legal residence.
Copy of legal documents from the court of your state of legal residence. The court must be located in your state of legal residence at the time the court's decision was issued. 

I am or I was in legal guardianship as determined by the court in my state of legal residence.
Copy of legal documents from the court of your state of legal residence. The court must be located in your state of legal residence at the time the court's decision was issued.

As of July 1, 2015, I was determined to be an unaccompanied youth who was homeless.
Homeless
means lacking fixed, regular and adequate housing, which includes living in shelters, motels, or cars, or temporarily living with other people because you had nowhere else to go.

Unaccompanied means you are not living in the physical custody of your parent or guardian.

Youth means you are 21 years of age or younger or you are still enrolled in high school as of the day you signed the 2016-2017 Free Application for Student aid (FAFSA).

If you meet these definitions, provide a statement with a signature from one of the following individuals to confirm your status:

    • Your high school or school district homeless liaison
    • Director of an emergency shelter or transition housing program, funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
    • Director of a runaway homeless youth basic center or transitional living program

 


If none of these categories apply to you,
you are a dependent student and you must provide parent information on your financial aid applications. However, if there are special circumstances in your family, you may submit an appeal to the Financial Aid Office requesting a dependency override. Visit the Frequently Asked Questions section of the Financial Aid Office website for further information on submitting an appeal.