Independent Student

You are an independent student if you meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • age 24 by December 31 of the school year
  • married
  • in graduate school at the beginning of the school year
  • providing more than half of the support for dependents who live with you
  • a veteran
  • on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces for purposes other than training
  • an orphan
  • in foster care
  • ward of court after turning 13
  • emancipated minor or in legal guardianship
  • unaccompanied homeless youth or at risk of being a homeless youth