Who Completes the FAFSA?

Who Completes the FAFSA?

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid will either be completed by an independent student, or a dependent student.

Independent Student

According to Federal Student Aid, an independent student is one of the following:

  • At least 24 years old
  • Married
  • A graduate or professional student
  • A veteran or member of the armed forces
  • An orphan or a ward of the court
  • Someone with legal dependents other than a spouse
  • An emancipated minor
  • Is homeless or at risk of becoming homeless

Dependent Student

According to Federal Student Aid, a dependent student is one who does not meet any of the criteria for an independent student. 

Dependent students are generally relying on a parent or guardian financially. Dependent students completing the FAFSA will need parent information and both student and parent will need an FSA ID to file a FAFSA.